Throw it to the dogs……

Right away a woman who had heard about him(Jesus) came and fell at his feet. Her little girl was possessed by an evil spirit, and she begged him to cast out the demon from her daughter. Since she was a Gentile, born in Syrian Phoenicia, Jesus told her, “First I should feed the children – my own family, the Jews. It isn’t right to take food from the children and throw it to the dogs.”

She replied, “That’s true, Lord, but even the dogs under the table are allowed to eat the scraps from the children’s plates.”

“Good Answer!” he said. “Now go home, for the demon has left your daughter.”

And when she arrived home, she found her little girl lying quietly in bed, and the demon was gone.  MARK 7:25-30 (NLT)


On the Surface, Jesus’ words may seem harsh and unsympathetic, but the woman recognized them as a wide-open door to Gods throne. Jesus did not use the negative term for “dogs” that referred to scavengers ( the word sometimes used by Jews to refer to Gentiles); Instead, he used the term for a household pet. The woman took the cue and added to his analogy of pets under a family dining table. Her attitude was expectant and hopeful, not prickly or hypersensitive. She knew what she wanted and she believed Jesus could provide. We could learn from this woman’s singular purpose and optimistic resilience. Jesus really does want to meet our needs. When we pray, we’re talking to a friend. – STUDY NOTES: NLT LIFE APPLICATION STUDY BIBLE – MARK 7:27, 28



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