Our shih tzu, Ozzie, eats Cesar Savory dog food. We send him to the groomer every other month. He sleeps with us every night. He is family. Like most dog lovers, we spend about one hundred dollars a month on our Shitzu. Our dogs are part of billion dollar business.
The dog in Jesus day wasn’t a welcome family member like he is today but a real threat to a families well being as these sample verses illustrate:
Revelation 22:15 “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.”
Proverbs 26:11 “As a dog returneth to his vomit, [so] a fool returneth to his folly.”
Matthew 7:6 “Do not give dogs what is holy, and do not throw your pearls before pigs, lest they trample them underfoot and turn to attack you.
Dr. Ellen White, (Biblical Archaeology) writes: “There is evidence in the Bible that physical violence toward dogs was considered acceptable (1 Samuel 17:43; Proverbs 26:17). To compare a human to a dog or to call them a dog was to imply that they were of very low status (2 Kings 8:13; Exodus 22:31; Deuteronomy 23:18; 2 Samuel 3:8; Proverbs 26:11). Even today, Muslims are known for their dislike of dogs. Mohammed commanded dogs to be killed. It was thought angels do not enter a home where there were dogs.
Pope Francis thinks there is something wrong with a society where people find it easier to love their pets than their neighbors.
About the only time dogs become a prophetic witness is in Matthew 15:27 where a Canaanite woman meets Jesus. After denying the woman an audience, the woman counters, “Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.”
The dogs are the poor, the sick, people from different countries, and the imprisoned. The dogs are the outsiders looking in.
The goal in life is to be like Jesus and make room for the outsiders.
Jesus leaves His home base so that someone from the outside could look in.
When you think of it, both the woman and Jesus were walking away from their home turf. They both were taking a risk. The disciples serve as Jesus gatekeepers. Yesterday, they rebuke families with children. Today, keep the children away. Now the Gentile who keeps on pleading and crying out to Jesus. John the Baptist and Jesus sing dance and preach to deaf ears. However, this woman is already convinced of Jesus and leaves home to go meet him. Jesus honors this effort traveling about 45 miles to meet up with here.
In her own way, this woman was an apostle of unity.
If Jesus was the Messiah, the war between Jews and Canaanites ends in Him.
“Observe what is right, do what is just;for my salvation is about to come, my justice, about to be revealed.”
The poor Canaanite Woman was busy every day doing what was right and just. One day she thinks, “I need to make a trip to Israel.” Family members say, “That’s crazy.” For some reason, she thinks Jesus is coming. Therefore, she set off to find peace for herself and healing for her daughter. When Jesus said she had faith, He was not exaggerating. Can you imagine walking 45 miles by yourself on a hunch? She joined the caravan of believers beginning with Abraham.
What caravan are you a part of?
Do you move out of your comfort zone and make the outsiders welcome? It only takes a few crumbs when someone is ready to receive.
Be a member of the “CRUMB GIVER” society.