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May 18, 2022

Coming as Bread to Be Our Life Supply (2)

Mark 7:24 And He rose up from there and went away into the borders of Tyre and Sidon…. 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 2 of 4] In a very real sense, in 7:24-30, the Lord Jesus Himself was not the bread on the table. Instead, He was under the table. We need to remember that this incident took place in the districts of Tyre, north of the holy land, a region that may be called "under the table." The holy land was the "table." But the Jews, as "naughty children," cast the bread off the table, and it fell under the table. As the crumbs under the table, the Lord could now be the portion of the little Gentile dogs. We know from 7:29 that the Lord Jesus said to the Syrophoenician woman, "Because of this word, go; the demon has gone out of your daughter." When she returned to her house, "she found the little child lying on the couch and the demon gone out" (v. 30). However, the crucial point here is not the casting out of the demon from the daughter of the Syrophoenician woman. The crucial point is that in His gospel service the Lord Jesus is distributing Himself to people as their bread, as their inner supply. The Lord Jesus seemed to be saying to the Syrophoenician woman, "You think that you need Me to heal your daughter. Actually, your need is for Me to be your bread." If we did not have the Lord's word about Himself as the children's bread, we would not realize that in His gospel service He was distributing Himself as our bread. Yes, as the God-man, He is the Physician, the Bridegroom, and the Emancipator. But now we see, through His answer to the Syrophoenician woman, that He is the children's bread. How marvelous! [Continued tomorrow] (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. 200-202. 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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