PLEASE READ THIS FIRST: Mark 7:24-30
What do you sense the Lord saying to you in this passage?
“Even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.” (Mark 7:27)
Why does he compare this woman to a ‘dog’… not a very Jesus-like thing to say?
It seems to me Jesus usually shapes how he works with people according to their needs.
What if he knows that this is how the non-Jews and Jews felt about each other.
It would be like the attitude found today between Jews and Palestinians.
“It is from a person’s heart that malice, slander and arrogance come…” (Mark 7:21-22)
Like a surgeon, he cuts into her unhealthy attitude, using her words to humble her.
Based on her response, the woman knows it too and her heart is humbled.
Jesus doesn’t mean to demean her; he loves her and wants to help her and her daughter.
I believe Jesus speaks personally to each one of us, addressing our issues and sins.
Jesus knows the thoughts and attitudes that are hurtful to myself and others.
As a Jesus follower, this passage is meant to speak to me, to expose my attitudes.
Is the Spirit challenging how I think about people of other faiths, cultures, lifestyles?
Am I demeaning others by labeling them, treating them as less than God’s children?
Does my heart need to be humbled, to see that I am not better than others?
Lord, you are speaking to my heart, gently but firmly calling me to repent too. Help me to see that when your words are sharp, they are a surgeon’s knife, cutting away something unhealthy.