Former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is an opinioned woman, regularly sharing her beliefs with reporters. During one press conference, Pelosi gave her initially thoughts on the 2017 Tax Reform Bill passed by Republicans in Congress. Referring to the middle class, Pelosi compared $1000 bonuses given to blue collar workers as merely crumbs. Since no democrat in the Senate voted for tax reform, Pelosi tried to discredit this impact on the growing American economy.
Now the woman was a Gentile (Greek), a Syrophoenician by nationality. And she kept pleading with Him to drive the demon out of her daughter. 27 He was saying to her, “First let the children [of Israel] be fed, for it is not right to take the children’s bread and throw it to the pet dogs (non-Jews),” Mark 7:26-27.
The Bible has its own story about crumbs. Whenever Jesus entered a city or town, he usually went to synagogues to teach Jews about the kingdom of God. Based upon the Great Commission detailed in Acts 1:8, Jesus began his earthly ministry reaching out to God’s chosen people of the Old Testament first. On some occasions, God fearing Gentiles, non-Jews, displayed more faith and zeal than everyone else. The woman introduced in the passage above refused to take no for an answer, desperate to see her daughter healed.
But she replied, “Yes, Lord, but even the pet dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.” 29 And He said to her, “Because of this answer [reflecting your humility and faith], go [knowing that your request is granted]; the demon has left your daughter [permanently].” 30 And returning to her home, she found the child lying on the couch [relaxed and resting], the demon having gone, Mark 7:28-30.
The average person would have walked away unfulfilled after Jesus’ initial rejection. Filled with persistence, this Syrophoenician woman was shrewd, giving a quick reply that even astonished Jesus. Essentially, this Greek begged Jesus, pleading with him to just give her a crumb. Recognizing the power of Jesus, even a crumb was enough to heal her demon possessed daughter. May we all strive to follow in this godly woman’s footsteps, wrestling with God in prayer until the answer you are waiting on arrives.
by Jay Mankus