God’s Table

Read: Mark 7:24-26
 
What was this woman life like?
 
What are the first things that come to your mind when you think about someone begging?
 

Point 1: Our relationship with God starts when we have a humble heart and ask Him for help.

 
Mathew 7:7 – “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”
 
Example: Story of Jacob Wrestling God (Genesis 32)
 
Genesis 32:26 – “Then the man said, ‘Let me go, for it is daybreak.’ But Jacob replied, ‘I will not let you go unless you bless me.’”
 
She didn’t just ask; she begged Jesus. How does Jesus respond?
 
Read: Mark 7:27
 
Did Jesus insult this woman by responding this way?
 
One key to understanding it is the very unusual word Jesus uses for “dogs” here. He uses a diminutive form, a word that really means “puppies.” Remember, the woman is a mother. Jesus is saying to her, “You know how families eat: First the children eat at the table, and afterward their pets eat too. It is not right to violate that order. – Tim  Keller, Jesus The King
 
Read: Mark 7:28
 

Point 2: Don’t demand God to do anything for you based on your goodness, but instead humbly ask God to give you what you don’t deserve based on His goodness.

 
Read: Mark 7:29-30
 

Point 3: God’s love is so large there is enough for everyone.

 
John 6:33-35 – For the bread of God is that which comes down out of heaven, and gives life to the world.” Then they said to Him, “Lord, always give us this bread.” Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst.”
 
What do you need to beg God for this morning? Salvation, a friend, family member ?
 
Let’s humbly ask God to give us what we don’t deserve based on his goodness.
 
Today we can come to the table of the Lord and get our fill even if we are just the dogs under it.