Mark 7:24–30 (ESV)
The Syrophoenician Woman’s Faith
And from there he arose and went away to the region of Tyre and Sidon. And he entered a house and did not want anyone to know, yet he could not be hidden. 25 But immediately a woman whose little daughter had an unclean spirit heard of him and came and fell
down at his feet. 26 Now the woman was a Gentile, a Syrophoenician by birth. And she begged him to cast the demon out of her daughter. 27 And he said to her, “Let the children be fed first, for it is not right to take the children’s bread and throw
it to the dogs.” 28 But she answered him, “Yes, Lord; yet even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.” 29 And he said to her, “For this statement you may go your way; the demon has left your daughter.” 30 And
she went home and found the child lying in bed and the demon gone.
Today’s reading is kind of cryptic. To build on the basics, Jesus came first to save the Jews. At this point, his ministry
is still focused on the Jews. This lady is not a Jew, but a Gentile. When She begs Jesus to heal her daughter, but Jesus responds in an odd way. He says “Let the children be fed first, for it is not right to take the children’s
bread and throw it to the dogs.” The children are the Jews... and well, the dogs are the gentiles. So... is Jesus calling this lady a dog? Well, yes, but it doesn’t trip of this lady. She responds “Yes, Lord; yet even
the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.” There is a lot to her statement. She is basically saying take care of the Jews, and she will be happy to receive the unwanted crumbs. The unwanted crumbs that they brush off
the table or maybe sweep off their clothes. They still get what they wanted without her taking anything away from them... she will be satisfied with the unwanted crumbs. Jesus responds back, “For this statement you may go your way; the demons
has left your daughter. Jesus extended his grace and mercy to a gentile.
I pray: O Lord, I feel doubly blessed to receive your grace and mercy. You came for the Jews, but extended your grace
and mercy to the gentiles. Your forgiveness is for all people, and I give thanks. I repent of my sins and want to do better. Amen.