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May 17, 2022

Coming as Bread to Be Our Life Supply (1)

Mark 7:26 Now the woman was a Greek, Syrophoenician by race. And she asked Him to cast the demon out of her daughter. 27 And He said to her, First let the children be satisfied, for it is not good to take the children's bread and throw it to the little dogs. 28 And she answered and said to Him, Yes, Lord, but even the little dogs under the table eat of the little children's crumbs. 29 And He said to her, Because of this word, go. The demon has gone out of your daughter.

[Part 1 of 4] In the New Testament the word "Greek" is used to signify the Gentile world. Because this Syrophoenician woman was such a Gentile, the Lord seemed to be saying to her, "As a Gentile, you are a little dog, and I cannot throw the children's [the Jews] bread to you. You are not qualified to be one of the children. You are qualified only to be a Gentile. Because I must satisfy the children first, I should not take the children's bread and throw it to you." In Greek "little dogs" are pet dogs, dogs that are kept in the house. In verse 28 we have the answer of the Syrophoenician woman. In her answer she seemed to be saying, "Yes, Lord, You are right. I don't deny the fact that I am a little dog. But even the little dogs under the table have the right to eat of the children's crumbs." Her answer indicates that she took the Lord's word as her standing to claim something from Him. What was her standing? Her standing was that she was a little dog, a pet dog, under the table. The Syrophoenician woman might have been saying, "Lord, I may be a little dog, but I am not a wild dog, a dog outside the house. Rather, I am a pet dog, a dog who stays under the table while the Master is feeding the children. Since I am Your pet dog, You have pleasure in me. Yes, You love Your children, but You also have pleasure in me. I don't have a position at the table, but I surely have a position under the table. I don't need to be a child at the table. As long as I am a pet dog under the table, I have the position to eat the crumbs that drop down from the table." (c) Living Stream Ministry.

Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry from Witness Lee, Life-study of Mark, pp. 198, 201-202. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA. Please visit us at www.emanna.com. Send comments to: comment@emanna.com.

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