Mark 7:25-29 - But after hearing of Him, a woman whose little daughter had an unclean spirit immediately came and fell at His feet. Now the woman was a Gentile… And she kept asking Him to cast the demon out of her daughter. And He was saying to her, "Let the children be satisfied first, for it is not good to take the children's bread and throw it to the dogs." But she answered and said to Him, "Yes, Lord, but even the dogs under the table feed on the children's crumbs." And He said to her, "Because of this answer go; the demon has gone out of your daughter." NASU
Would you persistently ask Jesus to cast the demon from your child? Notice what the text says, "And she kept asking Him to cast the demon out of her daughter."
How hard is it for a parent to admit their child has a demon?
Yet, this mother humbles herself and admits her daughter has a demon, admits she needs help for herself and for her daughter. She owns her situation. She doesn't try to blame anyone else for her situation.
When you read the parallel story in Matthew 15 the disciples tell Jesus to "send her away." That seems to be the disciples answer to every problem. If you remember right before the feeding of the 5,000 they gave Jesus this same answer.
This Gentile mother was not going to give up finding a cure for her daughter.
Jesus even tells her, "I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel." (Matt.15:24).
This answer from Jesus doesn't deter her. She continues to beg. Jesus then says something to her that puzzles me even to this very day, "It is not good to take the children's bread and throw it to the dogs."
What? Did Jesus just say that? Did He compare this lady to dogs? Yes, He did.
WOW! I am blown away. But wait a minute look at what the Gentile mother says, "Yes, Lord; but even the dogs feed on the crumbs which fall from their master' table."
She says; if you want to compare me to a dog go ahead. I will take that and more. But will you please help my daughter?
There you have it my friends an example from a Gentile mother. She humbles herself and never gives up when it comes to helping her child.
If you want to help your children you must keep the faith. As you read this Pump Up today it has been 5 years since my mom went to be with the Lord. One of the greatest lessons she taught her children was to "keep your faith" especially during the trying times.
Love and miss you mom. Thanks for teaching us to "keep the faith."
Think On These:
When you become wrinkled with care and worry, it's time to have your faith lifted.
Faith is the hinge that holds the believer to a personal relationship with God.
Gary A. Serago
Minister of God's Word
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