24But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel. 25Then came she and worshipped him, saying, Lord, help me. 26But he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children’s bread, and to cast it to dogs. 27And she said, Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table. 28Then 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 15:24-28
I love this story. Being that I (a Gentile) was once far off (as seen in Ephesians) I get excited reading stories about how Christ came so that His finished work would “draw me nigh”. Also, I have been going through a mini missiology course with a friend all week so this really stuck out to me. Jesus use of satire here gives a voice to the heart of the on lookers.
I have used this approach with the teenagers on occasion. They will tell me of a kid at school who is an outcast. Maybe he lacks concern for hygiene, maybe social awkward, or one of the other many options that you see in teens from time to time. I will tell the teens to stay away from that kid because Jesus only died for the cool and the popular like us. We they hear me include myself in “the cool” they know that I am not serious.
Tomorrow I will have another opportunity to go out and meet more of my neighbors and invite them to the Easter service or their children to the Childrens Crusade. I pray I will not be found guilty of looking at someone as if they could never be part of the fold.