Mt. 15:21-28; Mk. 7:24-30
Jesus left the region of Galilee and traveled northward forty or fifty miles into Gentile territory in the region of Tyre and Sidon. He wanted to escape the Jews and get some rest. After arriving, He entered a house in order to be alone.
Again, His popularity prevented Jesus from getting away from the people. A Greek woman came asking that an unclean spirit be cast from her daughter. Jesus ignored the woman because He was sent to the lost sheep of the house of Israel (the Jews).
There were only two classes of people—Jews and Gentiles. Gentiles were sometimes referred to as dogs, which explained Jesus’ statement, “It is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.”
The woman was persistent in her request and stated, “Yes, Lord, yet even the little dogs under the table eat from the children’s crumbs.” Because of her faith and persistency and Jesus’ mercy and compassion, He healed her daughter. Our needs, however great they are to us, are just crumbs compared to what the Lord is able to do for us.