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Dogs Under the Master's Table

Mark:7:27-28 And He said to her, "Let the children be fed first, for it is not right to take the children's bread and throw it to the dogs." But she answered Him, "Yes, Lord; yet even the dogs under the table eat the children's crumbs." The woman’s response is the highlight of this passage. Mark goes out of his way to emphasize what the woman says here. It may not come out in the English translation, but he’s doing everything he can to get his readers focused in. Notice the humility of her answer. “Yes Lord” She doesn’t disagree with His assessment of the situation. She doesn’t resent or argue about the derogatory label He placed on her. She doesn’t demand that He take back the “dog” comment. She recognizes that she cannot demand His help, that she does not deserve His help. And she counters by saying that even dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs. She is happy to be humbly allowed to participate in His blessing in any way she can, even if it means b…

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