Jesus withdrew to the region of Tyre and Sidon. A Canaanite woman from that vicinity came to him, crying out, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on me! My daughter is demon-possessed and suffering terribly.” Jesus did not answer a word. So his disciples came to him and urged him, “Send her away, for she keeps crying out after us.” He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel.” 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 the dogs.” “Yes it is, Lord,” she said. “Even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their master’s table.” Then Jesus said to her, “Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted.” And her daughter was healed at that moment. (Matthew 15:21-28)
This woman who approached Jesus had faith beyond what most of us have. She was a foreigner rather than a Jew, so there was no guarantee that Jesus, a Jew, would even consider her request. Moreover, she was asking Him to heal her daughter of demon possession, which required drastic intervention on Jesus’ part. This woman was persistent, as she had been pestering Jesus AND His disciples. When Jesus told her that He was sent only to the Jews, she humbled herself and knelt before Him; she did not argue. However, she was most likely desperate to see her daughter healed. When Jesus explained that it would not be right to toss to the dogs what was intended for the Jews, she pointed out that even the dogs gather up the crumbs that fall on the floor when the family has eaten. Impressed by her faith and confidence, Jesus healed her daughter immediately.
The crumbs the woman spoke of were not just any old crumbs; they were the crumbs of the Bread of Life. She knew who Jesus was and did not underestimate His power. Even a crumb of His Presence would be enough to bring healing to her daughter. Do WE really understand the power of God’s Presence in our lives? The Bread of Life lives inside every believer; the Bread that always satisfies dwells within us! The same Spirit that raised Jesus Christ from the dead lives inside of us (Romans 8:11). Jesus is always MORE than enough for every need. He is able to satisfy our hunger in every area and to fill us with enough to share with others. Perhaps we need to meditate on the power of even one small crumb from the Bread of Life! That little crumb could prove to be life-transforming!