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In the Middle East, the worst insult is to be called a ‘dog’.

Woman, admit and accept that you are a dog.
Now beg for crumbs.

 
 

Matthew 18:4
   Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

 
 

Matthew 15:22-28
   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 right 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.

The Gentile woman and her family had no covenant with God and no right to approach Christ.

Only Israel had a covenant (and high priest) with God.

Those cut off from God are dogs, and Jesus rightfully called the woman a dog.

Revelation 22:14-15
   Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.
   For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.

Philippians 3:2
   Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the concision.

Her response was one of the most humble and faithful moments in the Bible:

It’s true Lord, I am a dog; I have no right to the children’s bread.  But all I need are crumbs to heal my daughter.  Just a crumb of the Lord will do.

Foreshadowing the New Covenant, Christ welcomed her.
But she had first to admit and accept who she was: a dog.

 
     
 

The way up in stature is to be humble.

Luke 14:11
   For whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.

1 Peter 5:6
   Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time

Christ, who had a right to be exalted, instead first humbled himself.

Philippians 2:8-9
   …he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
   Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name

The Devil, who had no right to exalt himself, reached up and was cast down.

Isaiah 14:12-15
   How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!
   For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:
   I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.
   Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.

We have to admit our sinful nature.

Romans 7:18
   For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing

Romans 3:23
   For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

Confess that we are dogs.

1 John 1:9
   If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Strip, woman, and humble yourself with sackcloth.

Isaiah 32:11
   Tremble, ye women that are at ease; be troubled, ye careless ones: strip you, and make you bare, and gird sackcloth upon your loins.

And fasting.


Psalm 35:13
   …my clothing was sackcloth: I humbled my soul with fasting; and my prayer returned into mine own bosom.

Psalm 69:10
   When I wept, and chastened my soul with fasting, that was to my reproach.

 
     
 

If we continue to pursue God, our sins continue to be forgiven through Christ.

1 John 1:7
   But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.

After being humbled, God exalts us and we can boldy approach God – and boldly and confidently do his works!

Hebrews 10:19,22
   Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter (legal right to enter) into the holiest by the blood of Jesus…
   Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.

Proverbs 28:1
   The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion.

Ephesians 3:12
   In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him.

Acts 4:13
   Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus.

Acts 4:29
   And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word,

Acts 4:31
   And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness.

1 John 5:14
   And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us