Then Jesus said to her, “O woman, your faith is great; it shall be done for you as you wish.” And her daughter was healed at once. Matthew 15:26-28.
Today your LORD (יהוה) God (אלהים) says:
Come to My throne of grace to take your place where I have seated you in Christ because of My great love for you. In Christ, by His death and resurrection, I have qualified you to be there, not by toilsome labor but by My favor for you in the Beloved. No matter what you have done, once you have taken Jesus as Lord you are no longer a slave but a son, Galatians 4:7, and a son has a place in the house forever. Though your sins were as scarlet, in Christ they are now white as snow, though they were red like crimson, they are white as wool. You have washed your robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. And this is by faith alone.
Boldly take My promises. They are for YOU. I have blessed you with every spiritual blessing in Heaven in Christ Jesus your Lord, but very few people actually take hold of them all. Just like the Israelites in the desert who refused to take possession of their inheritance, so are many of you.
You may be in a hard place right now, a threatening place, but I will get you through with flying colors—a rainbow. And it will come with showers of blessing. “But you will not go out in haste, nor will you go as fugitives; for the LORD will go before you, and the God of Israel will be your rear guard.” Isaiah 52:12.
I will make your enemies not only be at peace with you but I will cause them to favor you. You may be wondering at that, but when My people left Egypt I gave them great favor with their Egyptians masters who gave them gold, silver, garments, and precious jewels in abundance, just for the asking. No battle, just favor, extraordinary favor. Not because they were so good, they actually were complainers and rebellious for a good part of their lives, but because they were My people and I had made covenant with their father Abraham long before they were born. And now when you are in Christ Jesus you are My family, My treasure, a royal priesthood, a people set apart. And I made covenant with Jesus, the Lamb slain before the foundation of the world, long before you were born again.
In every situation you know how it will turn out! “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28. Faith, hope and love, stay with those and it will work out. “No weapon that is formed against you will prosper; and every tongue that accuses you in judgment you will condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their vindication is from Me,” declares the LORD.” Isaiah 54:12. And you are more than servants, you are My sons and nothing can take you out of My household.
The children’s bread, the bread of life for a man to eat and never die, is yours. And in that bread is healing. And in that bread is eternal life and the one who eats that bread will live forever.
And the next miracle in the gospel according to Matthew is the healing of the demon possessed daughter of the Syrophoenician woman and it all has to do with covenant and the children’s bread.
Before this takes place Pharisees had come from Jerusalem to see Jesus and they had taken exception to His disciples eating without doing the ritual hand cleaning. Jesus taught them a lesson about what really makes a man unclean, and that comes with what was being harbored within and not from ceremonial washings if the heart is not right. After Jesus called the crowd to Him, He said to them, “Hear and understand. It is not what enters into the mouth that defiles the man, but what proceeds out of the mouth, this defiles the man.” Then the disciples came and said to Him, “Do You know that the Pharisees were offended when they heard this statement?” But He answered and said, “Every plant which My heavenly Father did not plant shall be uprooted. Let them alone; they are blind guides of the blind. And if a blind man guides a blind man, both will fall into a pit.” Matthew 15:10-14.
Jesus went away from there, that is, from Galilee, and withdrew into the district of Tyre and Sidon. Matthew 15:21. These were port cities just north of Galilee, into Lebanon. And when He had entered a house, He wanted no one to know of it; yet He could not escape notice. Jesus, even in this area that was not Jewish but was involved in idol worship and the perverted and evil practices that go with this realm of demonic darkness such as witchcraft, child immolation and sacrifice, and cult works of obscenity, was known as a man who worked miracles who could very well be the promised Messiah. Even the Samaritan woman that Jesus encountered at the well in Sychar knew of the promised Messiah who would tell them everything and would explain the true worship of God.
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, a Canaanite of the Syrophoenician race. Mark 7:24-26; Matthew 15:22. It is very important what you hear about Jesus and about Me. Faith begins where My Will is known. This woman heard that Jesus delivered people from demons and that He healed people and so she came to get a miracle. And she began to cry out, saying, “Have mercy on me, Lord, Son of David; my daughter is cruelly demon-possessed.” But He did not answer her a word. Matthew 22-24. This Canaanite woman is referring to Jesus as the Messiah, the Son of David, and she is calling Him Lord, but she is not in Covenant with Me but worshipped idols. But she kept asking Him to cast the demon out of her daughter. Mark 7:26. And His disciples came and implored Him, saying, “Send her away, because she keeps shouting at us.” Jesus never casts anyone away who comes to Him. He answered and said, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” My Son came to the Jews to save them first, but He is My gift to the world so that all who believe in Him would not perish but have eternal life. When My people rejected Him, and after He had shed His blood for all and I had raised Him from the dead, a new age began, the church age, and the message went to the Gentiles as well. But salvation is from the Jews out to the Gentiles.
But when she saw her imitation of Jewish covenant talk was not impressing Him into thinking she was Jewish, she did not give up. She wanted her daughter set free from the horrible torment she was in that kept her and their entire household from getting any peace or rest. So she simply went to Him in complete faith and trust and worshipped. “But she came and began to bow down before Him, saying, ‘Lord, help me!’” Matthew 15:22-25. This is one of the best prayers you can pray for it is from the heart. And He answered and said, “Let the children be satisfied first, for it is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.” Jesus is referring to those who believe in My Word and are in covenant with Me as My children, and the bread He is speaking of is the healing in My Words and in Him, the bread of life, the bread a man eats and never dies.
But her faith was not stopping there, she answered and said to Him, “Yes, Lord, but even the dogs under the table feed on the children’s crumbs.” Mark 7:27-28. And Mathew recounts that she also said, “Yes, Lord; but even the dogs feed on the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.” She humbled herself and cast all her care on Jesus. And she had such faith that she knew just a crumb of the bread He would give could totally heal her daughter, the whole loaf was not necessary, not even one slice, just a crumb was sufficient. Like the centurion, she knew one Word from Jesus would do it. And she got the same praise the centurion got. Then Jesus said to her, “O woman, your faith is great; it shall be done for you as you wish.” And her daughter was healed at once. Matthew 15:26-28. And going back to her home, she found the child lying on the bed, the demon having left. Mark 7:30. And do you notice that Jesus did not go to cast out the demon or even speak to the demon, He did not address the demon at all. Her faith had connected to His power to deliver and that was enough for it to be just as she desired. When your faith connects with My power, no demon or the devil himself can withstand the force that connection.
Why did she get the children’s bread? Do you see what happened? Do you remember that it was Abraham’s faith that was credited to him as righteousness and that put him in covenant with Me? The blessing of Abraham was the gift of righteousness by faith and not by works of the flesh. He was made perfect by faith in My Word, for Abraham saw the day of Jesus and rejoiced. And I made covenant with Abraham. The Abrahamic covenant, which is still running though all has become new in Jesus, is the covenant for those of like faith to your father in the faith, Abraham, the believer. Romans 4:16-17. By her faith in Jesus she had entered the Abrahamic Covenant and that was credited to her as righteousness and qualified her for the children’s bread. The good Shepherd came to seek out and save that which was lost. And to do so He had left Galilee and gone into the land of the Gentiles who were strangers to the Covenant, without Me, and without hope in the world. But the woman, like Abraham, had dared to hope against hope that My Word would be fulfilled. And as she spoke with Jesus she became fully persuaded.
Learn ot rely on our great High Priest and your great Good Shepherd who laid down His life for you and feeds you with His Body and Blood. Psalm 23 is yours now in Him. And so is Revelation 7:17: “The Lamb in the center of the throne (in My bosom) will be their Shepherd and will guide them to springs of the water of life and God will wipe every tear from their eyes.” You are no longer a slave but a son and a joint heir with Christ of all I possess.
I love you. Let Me help you. I have made you more than a conqueror. Start having faith in that by speaking out who you are when the devil attacks. He will. Be ready.