From Crumbs to Slices to Wholes!
“And, behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts, and cried unto him, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil. But he answered her not a word. And his disciples came and besought him, saying, Send her away; for she crieth after us. But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel. Then came she and worshipped him, saying, Lord, help me. 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 masters’ table. Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour.”
– Matthew 15:22-28
At first glance, this appears to be a story of a woman who went out of her way to receive something from Christ. However, when you begin to look closer at the true meaning and purpose of this story, it quickly becomes apparent that this woman was no ordinary woman, and the thing she was asking for was not ordained for her. I know some of us are confused as to what exactly is meant by what was just said, but on today (with the help of God Almighty and the Holy Ghost) I declare that revelation, wisdom, and knowledge will flow like streams in the valley towards the enriching and fulfilling of our lives. Are you ready for this? If you are Shout Yes! Let us journey through discovery and embark on a transformation of our mind that will strengthen our resolve in Christ Jesus.
Here we have a Canaanite woman whose daughter has be overtaken and seriously vexed by a demonic spirit. Better yet, let’s just call it as the woman called it, her daughter was vexed with a devil. At first glance, I simply breezed over this statement. Then, it became apparent to me that there was something here that needed to be addressed. The Bible says that she was vexed “with” a devil. In the mind of an individual, it is very easy to associate this to mean “by” since it follows with “a devil.” This is honestly what I did at first, but there’s more here than we think. Often times, our minds will try and assign it’s own meaning or the most common meaning to a topic or word choice, but for this one God interrupted my association to the word with and had me to study it more in depth. With has many different definitions to it, yet the one that seems to be closely symmetrical with this text is to be in close participation with something. In other words, the girl had a devil to overtaken her or possess her to the point where it tormented her, distressed her, and just completely frustrated her. Now, I know what you’re thinking: How did you come to this conclusion Kean? Don’t worry, I’ll explain it.
To arrive at this conclusion, you must understand the entire backdrop of the story. First and foremost, this woman was a Canaanite. You remember them, don’t you? These were the people that were in possession of the Promised Land that God had promised to the Children of Israel. The Children of Israel were those who were the descendants of Jacob (renamed Israel by God), thereby putting them in the lineage of Abraham to receive of the Abrahamic Blessing. Canaanites were the people that God had to drive out of the land of Canaan and allow his people to go in and take possession of said land. This automatically marks her as a Gentile, or of non-Jewish descendant. Once you arrive here, you get the picture that she was considered to not be included in God’s plan for receiving or taking part in certain privileges as the Children of Israel were afforded. Fast-forward to this passage, at this moment Jesus was allowing his disciples to get some much needed and promised rest. At the same time, he was on a mission that was specifically assigned for the House of Israel. What does this mean? Since the woman was not of the House of Israel, does that negate the fact that she needs a miracle from God? Does her being Gentile nullify and void out her request? Watch this.
The text says that disciples came and sought him that he would send her away. In other words, they wanted him to simply do what the woman asked and send her on her way so that they could get back to their vacation or time of relaxation. That’s when Jesus said that he was sent to the House of Israel. In other words, I see and hear that you have a need, but I’m on a different mission. Shout cue on the way! The woman continued by worshipping him and saying help me. Jesus responded, “It is not meet to take the children’s bread, and to cast it to dogs.” That sounds like an insult and degrading remark. However, the woman responded by saying, even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from the masters table. This moved Jesus so much that he told the woman great is thy faith. Shout Cue: It wasn’t that Jesus couldn’t or wouldn’t provide the miracle for the woman, rather it was a test to see how bad did she want it. Did she want it bad enough to interrupt him while he was on a different assignment? Did she want it bad enough to continue to worship and beseech him after being declined a second time? Did she want it bad enough to continue to exercise her faith, even when it looks like and seems like the thing she was asking and believing for was not meant or she was unworthy of receiving? Last shout cue: Did she want it bad enough to the point where she was willing to humble herself to the lowest point possible in order to receive only a crumb of healing from the master? You missed it!
This woman was seeking something that was not meant for her. Not only was she seeking something that was not meant for her, but she was seeking something that she didn’t even qualify for at the time. Not only was it not meant for her nor did she qualify for it at the time, she was seeking it from the provider whose attention and focus was elsewhere. On top of all that, she had to humble and submit herself to the idea that she was not in a position where she could eat at the same table or from the same plate as the Children of Israel eat from. Oh, I know why you missed it! There is a part of this text that we left out. The Bible says, that Jesus not only granted her request, but her told her to be it unto her even as she wilt.
Now, when I first read this verse I viewed wilt as will or ask; however, God didn’t want me to stay there with it. Watch this. Jesus said “even as thou wilt.” The term “even as” suggests that in comparison with something else taking place, there is also still another taking place, watch this, at the same time. This woman said her daughter was grievously vexed with a devil, which meant that the devil was not just in her, but it often took over her and also caused pain and suffering to her. The only way I can paint this picture for you more clearly is to use the man whom Jesus encountered in Mark 5. This man was possessed by an unclean spirit which just so happen to many unclean spirits in one, legion. These spirits caused the man to cut himself with stones. Imagine something similar to this inside this woman’s daughter. Got it? Okay now imagine this woman having to dwell under the same roof with her daughter while she is experiencing such things. She tries to grab hold of her daughter as a way of consoling her, but the girl is to strong and too wild for the mother to handle. She tries to sleep when the girl sleeps, but the girl wakes up in a fit which means no sleep for mother. One could imagine that the mother is tired and weak. Oh, that is the meaning of “wilt,” which is what Jesus said to the woman. To add to this, it can be argued that Jesus further added to her weakened condition by constantly testing and trying her faith, thus causing her to become weaker, in a state of despair, or even at a point where she almost is ready to give up hope. Can I bring it home? Jesus said to the woman, your petition of me regarding your daughter is granted. In addition, I am going to also heal you from your withered state. When it’s all said and done, you both shall be made whole.
That’s good brother, but how does it tie into today’s topic, From Crumbs to Slices to Wholes? Crumbs symbolize the mere fact that I’m grateful to have something. It may not be enough to fulfill the entire task, satisfy the entire appetite, or complete the entire mission; however, He thought about me enough to where He didn’t completely leave me without. Then, once you successfully master that level you move to the slice. The Slice symbolizes that as a result of me being grateful for the little that was left, He remembered me the next time and broke me off a piece. He didn’t leave it behind for me to scrape up, but He broke it off and gave it to me on a plate. This is not the whole, but it’s more than enough to tide me over until my next breakthrough. Having successfully mastered both of those, now you are ready for the whole. The Whole symbolizes that because I was grateful for the crumb and a good stewart over the slice, now I’m ready to be made whole. In other words, the whole is not just enough to tide me over or enough to quench my thirst, rather it is more than enough and plenty left for me to share, store up, and/or snack on as I see fit. But, you don’t get the whole without having first demonstrated grateful for the crumbs. The woman’s crumb was Jesus answering her prayer regarding help for her daughter. Her slice was Jesus also taking what she had been through in consideration. Her whole was the mere fact that not only is your prayer answered and you both are healed, but you both are also made whole. In other words, Jesus fixed it so that everything concerning them was now in agreement with God’s will for their life. That’s a good place to put a praise right there!
Can I close this thing out now? I think I can! Shout Make Me Whole! In this life, there are certain obstacles that you will face that will cause you to grow weary, tired, and weak. However, it is in those times where you have to remember that as long as you are following the path that God has laid out for you, then your steps are ordered. Shout Make Me Whole! When your steps are ordered, it means that you are following a plan that is designed to challenge your faith and see if you are willing to humble yourself enough to receive the very thing that you are requesting. Shout Make Me Whole! Your request is not being ignored; however, stop and consider that it could be being held back, delayed, or simply waiting for the appointed time of your total lost of energy to even fight back. Truth be told, it could be that you are fighting a battle that doesn’t even belong to you, but it belongs to God. Quick Sidebar: Could it be that you are trying to get the victory over something that is meant for God/Jesus to get the glory over? Moving on. Shout Make Me Whole! However, you have to understand that although you may seem weak in the flesh, your spirit man is at work fighting in your behalf. Somebody said, now I’m confused brother Kean! It’s okay, because I’m going to make it plan for you.
I’m go higher! Shout Make Me Whole! You have to get it the point where Paul was. What point? The point when he said there was a messenger of Satan, a thorn in my side, assigned to torment me. I prayed to God three times for this thorn to be removed. But, He didn’t take the thorn away, and He didn’t ease my pain. Instead, He said His grace is sufficient for me. He said His strength is made perfect in my weakness. However, Paul didn’t stop there. He went on to say, Therefore I will boost all the more in my infirmities in order that the power of Christ may rest in me. Shout Make Me Whole! Therefore, i glory in infirmities, in persecutions, in necessities, in reproaches, in distressed for Christ sake. Why? For when I am weak, then am I strong. Can I give you a shout cue? Could it be that God is waiting for you to take glory in suffering for his sake. Why? Then, he has something to deliver you from or through that will bring glory to his name sake, and his kingdom! You missed It! It’s okay because it will register later. However, as I leave you I want you to understand that your affliction, is working a necessary work in you. In order to understand the work, you must humble yourself and seek the help of the master! For then, and only then, can you be made whole. Step back, and allow God to take you From Crumbs to Slices to Wholes! Shout Yes! Yes! Be blessed and stay encouraged!