Yesterday we took a look at an encounter a Canaanite woman had with Jesus and the disciples. I want to poke around just a bit on one portion of their conversation today.
And He (Jesus) answered and said, “It is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.”
But she (the Canaanite woman) said, “Yes, Lord; but even the dogs feed on the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.”
Matthew 15:26-27 NASB
Perhaps you will remember that she came to Him begging for Him to heal, or perhaps I should say exercise her daughter. The daughter was “cruelly demon-possessed” as it says in verse 22.
This next bit interests me. He tells the disciples (He does not address her directly yet) that you don’t just give the “children’s bread” to dogs.
This word bread is not the sliced loaf of wonder bread you might find in the grocer’s aisle today. It was a bread that was meant to be broken, not sliced. It was the bread used in the Passover meal, the same kind of bread they kept in the temple.
This bread He referred to was, well, Him. He was is the Bread of Life that had to be broken for our sozo, our salvation.
Sozo is a transliteration of the Greek word that means Salvation. This is one of the greatest words in the New Testament. It is translated many different ways. Here are a few examples.
Matthew 1:21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.
Luke 8:12 “And those beside the road are those who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their heart, so that they may not believe and be saved.
Matthew 9:21 For she said within herself, If I may but touch his garment, I shall be whole.
Matthew 9:22 But Jesus turned him about, and when he saw her, he said, Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole. And the woman was made whole from that hour.
Mark 5:23 And besought him greatly, saying, My little daughter lieth at the point of death: I pray thee, come and lay thy hands on her, that she may be healed; and she shall live.
Hebrews 7:25 Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.
(All of the above are from the KJV)
As you can see, the word describes salvation, healing, and deliverance from demonic possession and oppression.
When Jesus speaks of Himself as the Bread of life, broken for us, this breaking brings us this full salvation – as the writer to the Hebrews puts it – salvation to the uttermost.
When we celebrate communion, we take both bread and wine. The wine signifies the Blood of the Lord Jesus. This blood, the blood of the Lamb without spot or blemish, is effectual to wash away our sins.
Next time you take communion, I want you to consider that Jesus' body broken for our salvation, for our healing, our deliverance, our “wholeness.” By the stripes He bore in His body, we are healed, delivered, made whole, put back together the way we were designed.
And get this. Just the crumbs that fell off the table were enough for the full healing of this woman’s demon possessed daughter, how much better for the children sitting at the Master’s banqueting table?
Take – Eat – His Body broken for you!
See you tomorrow