Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | May 23, 2018

“Yes, Lord; but even the dogs feed on the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.”

Today’s devotion comes from Matthew 15:15-28.  Here is a link to this Scripture – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+15&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“Jesus went away from there, and withdrew into the district of Tyre and Sidon.  And a Canaanite woman from that region came out and 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.  And His disciples came and implored Him, saying, “Send her away, because she keeps shouting at us.”  But He answered and said, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”  But she came and began to bow down before Him, saying, “Lord, help me!”  And He answered and said, “It is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.”  But she said, “Yes, Lord;  but even the dogs feed on the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.” 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 15:21-28.

——————–

The Canaanite woman did not argue with Jesus Who said: “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”  She did not claim that it was unfair.  She did not form her own doctrine of God according to her desires and even desperate need.

Even after her plea, “Lord, help me!” when Jesus answered her and said, “It is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.”, the Canaanite woman was humble and did not take offense at Jesus.  She very humbly replied to Jesus:  “Yes, Lord;  but even the dogs feed on the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.”  See verse 27.  “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.”  Verse 28.

Unlike the Canaanite woman, when faced with the clear and repeated truth of God’s election in Scripture, many try to argue.  They remain proud and claim it is unfair.  They form their own doctrine of God according to their desires.  They rebel against the God of Scripture and worship only their own god of their desires.

But, for those who humbly acknowledge the the truth of God’s election in Scripture, but still do not yet experience a lively faith in Christ and an assured confidence that they are among God’s elect, there is hope!

Here is what the Canons of Dordt states.

Article 16.  Those who do not yet experience a lively faith in Christ, an assured confidence of soul, peace of conscience, an earnest endeavor after filial obedience, and glorying in God through Christ, efficaciously wrought in them, and do nevertheless persist in the use of the means which God hath appointed for working these graces in us, ought not to be alarmed at the mention of reprobation, nor to rank themselves among the reprobate, but diligently to persevere in the use of means, and with ardent desires, devoutly and humbly to wait for a season of richer grace.  Much less cause have they to be terrified by the doctrine of reprobation, who, though they seriously desire to be turned to God, to please him only, and to be delivered from the body of death, cannot yet reach that measure of holiness and faith to which they aspire;  since a merciful God has promised that he will not quench the smoking flax, nor break the bruised reed.  But this doctrine is justly terrible to those, who, regardless of God and of the Savior Jesus Christ, have wholly given themselves up to the cares of the world, and the pleasures of the flesh, so long as they are not seriously converted to God.  FIRST HEAD OF DOCTRINE Of Divine Predestination.

“And blessed is he who does not take offense at Me.”  Matthew 11:6.

“But He gives a greater grace.  Therefore it says, “GOD IS OPPOSED TO THE PROUD, BUT GIVES GRACE TO THE HUMBLE.”  James 4:6.

“Therefore, brethren, be all the more diligent to make certain about His calling and choosing you;  for as long as you practice these things, you will never stumble;  for in this way the entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will be abundantly supplied to you.”  2 Peter 1:10-11.


Categories

%d bloggers like this: