This occurs in Mark 7: 25-30


And this involves Jesus, a woman, a child, and an animal.


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   “After hearing about Him, woman whose little daughter had an unclean spirit, immediately came and fell at His feet. Now the woman was a Gentile, of the Syrophoenician race. And she kept asking Him to cast the demon out of her daughter. And He was saying to her, ‘Let the children be satisfied first, for it is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to dogs.’

   “But she answered and said unto Him, ‘Yes. Lord, but even the dogs under the table feed on the children’s crumbs¹.’

   “And He said to her, ‘Because of this answer go your way; the demon has gone out of your daughter.’

   “And going back her home, she found the child lying on the bed, the demon having departed.”


   Some observations about this:


   (1)  The politically Correct Police would be upset by this².

   (2)  The “Humane” societies would also be disturbed–and conflicted.

   (3)  The “humans first” speciesists (who elevate humans above other creatures) would be criticized. (“Who we–though created in God’s  image–to say that we are better than any other living creatures?” is out of fashion.)

   (4)  The dogs would be indifferent.

   (5)  Gentiles, including some Christians, especially some in academe or weekend clerical robes, would be at least mildly put off that they are “second” in line, after the Jews, to receive God’s message and adoption into His family³.

   (6)  This is perhaps the rarest retort to Jesus, even seeming a bit edgy, that’s recorded in the Bible.

   (7)  This is, still, in our view, one of the best examples of genuine humility in the Bible.


  ¹ This is a dramatic picture of first century pet care.

  ² This harsh rebuke by Jesus would certainly be out of step with current expectations of many modern peace lovers.

  ³ In spite of Jesus’ explicit declaration that in God’s sight, “the last shall be first” in certain ways.