But she said, “Yes, Lord; but even the dogs feed on the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.”
Matthew 15:27, NASB
This woman has a quick and nimble faith in Jesus. She will not let go, and the attitude of Jesus only enhances her faith. She was more then willing to be a dog, if that is what it took. The children would be served first, and then she could go and get the crumbs.
What is it that you want? What do you need? The humility of this woman was impressive. It was not easily offended or misdirected. In her desperate need she has no where else to go, and so she lingers, and refuses to be patronized. She wants the crumbs; the crumbs from His table are far better than the extravagant banquets and feasts of the richest nobleman.
“Not worthy, Lord, to gather up the crumbs
With trembling hand that from thy table fall,
A weary, heavy laden sinner comes
To plead thy promise and obey thy call.
“I am not worthy to be thought thy child,
Nor sit the last and lowest at thy board;
Too long a wanderer, and too oft beguiled,
I only ask one reconciling word.”
We are not fed with crumbs, but directly from the table of our heavenly Father. The Prodigal discovered that his Father was outrageous in His love. An incredible feast was just a manifestation of that grace. The feast declares the depth and width of His love.
You and I have become the honored guests. We do not get crumbs, but we feast at the table with the finest food and wine. Do we belong? Only you can answer that. But access is open to all who by faith receive Jesus as their Savior. When we do that we get the invitation to the feast.
“Then Jesus answered, “Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted.” And her daughter was healed from that very hour.”
- Are You Too Proud to Beg? – Matthew 15:21-28 (dianneguthmuller.com)