BUT...You have to WAIT!

-Edward Price

Matthew 15:22-28

"And, behold, a woman of Canaan came from that region and cried out to Him, saying, "Have mercy on me, O Lord, on of David! My daughter is severely demon-possessed."

But He answered her not a word. And His disciples came and urged Him, saying, "Send her away, for she cries out after us."

But He answered and said, "I was not sent except to the lost sheep of the house of Israel."

Then came she and worshipped Him, saying, "Lord, help me."

But He answered and said, "It is not good to take the children's bread, and throw it to the little dogs."

And she said, "True, Lord, yet even the little dogs eat the crumbs which fall from the masters' table."

Then Jesus answered and said to her, "O woman, great is your faith! Let it be to you as you desire." And her daughter was made healed whole from that very hour."

The song says, 'Pass me not O, gentle Saviour. Hear my humble cry. While on others though are calling, do not pass me by.'

How many times have we felt this way in our life...left out? You know, why is God blessing everybody else and not us. Our Christian neighbors and friends (even those heathens who know not God) got the new car or house or a better job, but LORD, What about me? Are you passing me by?

If we examine our passage this morning, here is a Canaanite woman the enemies of the Jews, despised by the Jews, coming to the Jewish Messiah to beg for help. Then when she comes she is ignored, told you ain't one of us and called a 'dog'. What a way to start the day?

You know for many of us, by this time we have already hit the road. But sometimes in life we have to be like Jacob when He wrestled with the angel, we won't let go until we get a blessing! Look at this lady this morning, in spite of it all she will not give up, she will not leave Jesus alone, but pursues Him further. Why? She needed a blessing and she knew that Jesus was the only one who had the power to fill her need... which was to heal her daughter.

The reason we are looking at this passage this morning because this woman is a picture of us. For it is not until God has stripped us of our pride and self dependence then knocks us to the lowest level that we realize the need for a Saviour, in the person of Jesus Christ. Just like this woman when we come to Jesus, we must not come prideful and boastful, but we must come low, we must come crying and pleading for mercy, for we have no rights that we can demand anything from Him.

Yet, we must not lose patience or become discouraged when it seems as though God is not listening, but we must continue in prayer. This Canaanite woman when she was ignored by Jesus seems to say, 'Well, maybe I'm not worshipping Him enough? Or maybe I have not humbled myself enough.' The Bible declares that we should pray without ceasing for it is through prayer, our communication with God that we realize the will of God.

Though the woman had a legitimate need for the Saviour, Jesus still had to be about His Father's business which was delivering bread, the Word of God, to the 'lost sheep of the house of Israel." Which could not be cast to the "dogs" (the Gentiles) until the Jews had received of it first.

But when you commune with God He will reveal some things to you. Look at the reply of this woman, "True, Lord, yet even the little dogs eat the crumbs which fall from the masters' table." First of all, many of you may not like being called a 'dog', but the dog in this passage is a house pet not a wild dog and as many of us know we treat our pets almost like part of the family.

So what is the woman's reply? A cry of joy for though God's Word must first go to the children of Israel, she knew that because she was in the house that there would be some scraps or crumbs that would fall from the masters' table that she might be fed.

Every morning as I sit down to pen these notes, 'CRUMBS FROM THE TABLE', I'm just passing along some of the scraps (crumbs) that God had so graciously allowed to fall from His table. Yet, the blessing of God's Word is that though it may seem just like crumbs or leftovers, but it always hits the spot and it is always enough to satisfy our hungry souls.

Praise God TODAY...That every day that He has allow the crumbs of His Word to fall from His table that our hungry, depraved souls might be fed. Yet, in spite of it all, we must have the faith to believe that God's Word, just like is Him, is able to supply our needs. And besides all that we must be patience to wait on Him.

Isaiah 40:31 says, "But those who wait on the LORD shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with the wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint."

BUT...You have to WAIT!

Have a Blessed Day...Be PRAYERFUL and THANKFUL for all things!!!
-Edward Price

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