A Mother’s Faith


Gods blessings and a heart felt thanks for all you have taught me over the years. Could you please explain Matthew 15:22-28 especially 26-27: “But he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children’s bread, and to cast it to dogs. And she said, Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their master’s table.


In this passage, a Gentile woman asked Jesus to heal her daughter during a time when He was still dealing exclusively with Israel. He used an analogy to explain His position, saying in effect, “You don’t take the food out of your children’s mouths and give it to the dogs,” She responded with the same analogy saying, “Yes but the dogs do eat the crumbs that fall from the table.”

By this she meant that she wasn’t trying to take anything of substance away from the Israelites. She believed His power was so strong that the equivalent of a few crumbs would be sufficient to heal her daughter. As a reward for such great faith He granted her request and her daughter was healed immediately.