A LESSON IN HUMILITY

A LESSON IN HUMILITY

As I was reading my Bible this morning I am reminded to be so thankful for the day and age in which we live. Cultural divisions between people was very stark in the old testament as well as during the time of Christ. In Mark 7 we have recorded for us a greek woman coming to the Lord to have him cast a devil out of her Daughter. Read the account below:

Mark 7:25-30
“25 For a certain woman, whose young daughter had an unclean spirit, heard of him, and came and fell at his feet:
26 The woman was a Greek, a Syrophenician by nation; and she besought him that he would cast forth the devil out of her daughter. {Greek: or, Gentile}
27 But Jesus said unto her, Let the children first be filled: for it is not meet to take the children’s bread, and to cast it unto the dogs.
28 And she answered and said unto him, Yes, Lord: yet the dogs under the table eat of the children’s crumbs.
29 And he said unto her, For this saying go thy way; the devil is gone out of thy daughter.
30 And when she was come to her house, she found the devil gone out, and her daughter laid upon the bed.”

Jesus first response to her was, well rather shocking in our day for sure! He called her a dog!? In that day the jewish people had nothing to do with the greeks, they were two totally separate classes of people. We have that today but you might say we are taught to be politically correct in our approach to other people groups no matter what we think of them. Jesus was not wrong in his statement to her because what he told her was, we do not take food from the children to to cast it to the dogs or to those that were outsiders from the family if you will. Still seemed harsh at first no matter how you look at it.
This Mother does not miss a beat and simply says YET THE DOGS UNDER THE TABLE EAT OF THE CHILDREN’S CRUMBS.
Our dog Gizzy loves to sneak over to our grandchildren while they are eating and just wait for them to drop something from the table, or better yet when they have finished and left the table to go over and feast on what is left behind on the floor before MAMA has a chance to sweep up the crumbs.
This mother had no interest in taking away from some one else’s children no matter whose they were but if she could even get the crumbs of the master power of healing her daughter would be set free. How much of Gods power do we need? Does he have to set us down at a table and treat us like royalty? Do we need to to set down at a table and take away from some one else in order to have our need met? Or are we content to have what falls from his table and glean from that, to have our needs met.
Have you ever approached God with an attitude of, I deserve your undivided attention and power when the crumbs from the masters table will suffice to meet the need in your life. OUCH I KNOW I HAVE!
This mother could have walked away humiliated at Jesus response or accept his answer in humility and request the crumbs that fall from the children’s table.
Jesus honoured her request and healed her daughter.
Has pride ever caused you to walk away from Gods provision, because the crumbs from the masters table were not good enough?

Lets walk humbly before the Lord and realize the blessing of his provision.

Have a blessed day as you humble yourself before an awesome God.

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