“Even God’s leftovers are more than enough for a banquet for followers of Jesus Christ.” This principle is confirmed in our scripture for today in the Gospel of Mark chapter seven as Jesus encounters a Greek woman from the Syrian area of Phoenicia. Even though she was of foreign birth she was convinced of the power of the God of Israel and His Messiah, Jesus Christ.
The Jews of that day thought of foreigners as unclean and referred to them as “dogs.” But Jesus used that term to prove that any and all – Jews and Greeks, foreigners and natives, rich and poor can have faith in Jesus and experience His power. So as you read the Bible passage below, remember the words of the old hymn are true: You can come “Just as You Are” to Jesus and share in His power, healing, and deliverance.
(Mark 7:24-30) 24 Jesus left that place and went to the vicinity of Tyre. He entered a house and did not want anyone to know it; yet he could not keep his presence secret. 25 In fact, as soon as she heard about him, a woman whose little daughter was possessed by an impure spirit came and fell at his feet. 26 The woman was a Greek, born in Syrian Phoenicia. She begged Jesus to drive the demon out of her daughter.
27 “First let the children eat all they want,” he told her, “for it is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to the dogs.” 28 “Lord,” she replied, “even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.” 29 Then he told her, “For such a reply, you may go; the demon has left your daughter.” 30 She went home and found her child lying on the bed, and the demon gone.