If someone offered you crumbs would you gladly accept it? Most people would probably refuse the offer, but if you were desperate and had no other option, the proposition would be a bit more appetizing.
I know some of you might be thinking, why accept crumbs when you can possess the whole loaf? Well, for a unnamed Canaan woman who had a demon-possessed daughter in need of healing, crumbs were what she was willing to accept.
There was no doubt when other people saw Jesus healing the sick and lame, they followed him wherever he went. Perhaps this was the main reason the unnamed Canaanite woman traveled to see if Jesus would heal her demon-possessed daughter.
At first glance, Jesus didn’t even respond to this desperate unnamed Canaanite woman seeking crumbs. It wasn’t until after the disciples urged Jesus to send her away that He said, “I was sent only to help God’s lost sheep—the people of Israel” (Matthew 15:23-24).
This desperate unnamed woman’s need to save her daughter fueled her faith in Jesus whom she had never meant. However, this unnamed woman wasn’t taking ‘no’ for answer because she at wits end and she truly believed Jesus to be the only One to fix her daughter’s condition.
Matthew 15:25-27 says, “The woman came and knelt before him. “Lord, help me!” she said. He replied, “It is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to their dogs.” “Yes, Lord,” she said, “but even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.”
Jesus was moved and so touched by the faith of that unnamed Canaanite woman that He told her that because of her faith, her daughter would be healed.
Glory to God, even though Jesus came first to the Jew, He loved us so much that he shared His love with all of us.
This narrative parallels the account of the Gentile centurion (Mt. 8:5-13) and, like the centurion, her attitude is completely opposite of the religious leaders in Jerusalem. Similarly, both the unnamed Canaanite woman and the Gentile centurions stories ended the same; healed, delivered, and set-free!
I betcha you’re looking at crumbs a little different now.
Never forget crumbs and mustard seeds have the power to change your life and when we sit at the Master’s feet, we will be fed and filled!