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[Healing & Wholeness]:
The Children's Bread
Written on February 6th, 2005 - 1:03AM
Last Updated: February 10th, 2005 - 8:37PM

There is a wonderful story in the Gospel of Mark:

For a woman, whose little daughter had an unclean spirit, having heard of him, came and fell down at his feet. (Mark 7:25)

This woman had heard of Jesus because of the works He had done. What she had heard caused her to believe that if she could come to Him, her daughter could be delivered from demons merely by His word.

Now the woman was a Greek, a Syrophoenician by race. She begged him that he would cast the demon out of her daughter. (Mark 7:26)

The Lord had just entered into this house to escape notice, because of the multitudes continual crowding. When confronted by this woman and her begging request, His reply would give us a tremendous understanding of God's plan:

But Jesus said to her, "Let the children be filled first, for it is not appropriate to take the children's bread and throw it to the dogs." (Mark 7:27)

She was Greek and had not entered into covenant with Yahweh. By covenant, she had no right to the blessings of Yahweh that He had promised to the children of Israel and any foreigner who joined himself to the nation and Yahweh.

Therefore the Lord distinguishes between her and Israel. He compares Israel to the children, and the unbelieving non-covenant person to a dog. A dog was considered unclean, something kept outside the holy place (Revelation 22:14-15).

He clearly shows that the sustenance of God's children is the deliverance and protection from evil spirits. He calls it their bread. It is their rightful food; they deserve it and they deserve it first. They should be filled before the dogs. The dogs had food as well, which would be given them in due time.

Therefore, it is not right to throw what is the children's birthright—their necessary food—to one who is unclean, before the children eat.

The woman acknowledged this, that He had been sent to Israel first, and the nations would hear His Word soon through His apostles (Matthew 28:18-20)(Mark 16:15). She accepted it but counted upon His grace, to still meet her need because of her faith in Him. Even though He had only been sent to the lost sheep of the house of Israel (Matthew 15:24), He still had compassion on those He met. And she drew upon His compassion in faith.

But she answered him, "Yes, Lord. Yet even the dogs under the table eat the children's crumbs." (Mark 7:28)

By this woman's act of faith, in coming to Jesus and begging Him for her daughter's deliverance from demons, she showed herself to be one who was near trusting in Him as Lord. Because of her confession, He did as she asked.

He said to her, "For this saying, go your way. The demon has gone out of your daughter." (Mark 7:29)

Believing His word, she returned home to find her daughter delivered from that very hour.

She went away to her house, and found the child having been laid on the bed, with the demon gone out. (Mark 7:30)

If you are a child of God through Jesus, then it is your daily bread to be delivered from the oppression of the Enemy. It is your necessary food to remain kept from the Evil One. If you have yet to come to Him, He still has your portion, to be delivered. But come quickly to His house, trusting in Him as your Lord and Savior, and be born anew as His child. Then you shall daily find deliverance from all the power of Satan.


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The Good Message

As you read this site, you will hopefully come to know Yahweh more fully.

But all of this continuing knowledge is useless unless and until you come into union with Him. I use the word union because it is truly a marriage. It is that deep connection we all seek, for which we most often look in other people. However, the truth is that our hearts will only be fulfilled when we enter that union in fullness with the One Who made us.

This is the grace of God, that He has not stayed distant for us only to worship as Creator. But He has come unto us, even become one of us—in His Son, Christ Jesus—in order to share an intimate union with us. He desires such closeness that it truly will envelope our entire life, transforming us into something new and wonderful.

You may have already entered this union with Him and only seek to know Him better through reading here. But if you have not, as you do read, let this Gospel sink into your heart as you read it now.

God loves you, and has cast your sins into the sea. He has sent His only Son as the Savior of the world—that includes you.

That Son, Jesus Christ, was born as a man through a virgin who had given her life to Yahweh; He lived without sin, reflected the glory of His Father, God, in all His words and deeds, and was persecuted even unto death because of it.

His death upon a cross was the powerful explosion that separated you from your life of death. It remains for you, now, to enter into that death with Him. As you die to the one you are now, a person separated from God from your many sins, you will be born anew, with a nature predisposed to live rightly. This gift is free to you, with nothing you can do to earn it. It is the mercy of God to offer it to you, as He loves you so much! All you must do is receive it by trusting Him to have delivered you. Simply place your life in His hands and embrace the freedom that came through that death on the cross.

The Gospel is that Jesus did not remain dead, but rose again on the third day after His crucifixion! Death could not hold Him, as He was without sin. And so death will not be able to hold you, as you identify with Him fully through your trust in Him. Let go of yourself and confess Him as Lord of your life. The power of His death and resurrection will work in you all that your Creator has destined for you. You will truly enter a new life and experience that intimate union you have been seeking all of your life.

So ponder these words as you read here of this great God—Yahweh—and all that He has revealed to His creation. Let His Spirit testify to your heart that these words are true, that God is Love, and that He sent His Son so that you might receive the life that is unbound by time and space. As you feel that witness in your heart, simply believe and receive what He is offering to you, even now, and begin your new life as a child of God.

Please write to me and let me know when you take this step, as I will be your brother in Christ—we will be one in Him!

 
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