The Little Dogs
Charles H. Spurgeon
Matthew 15:26-27, Mark 7:27-28
But he answered and said, It is not meet 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.
But Jesus said unto her, Let the children first be filled: for it is not meet to take the children's bread, and to cast it unto the dogs. And she answered and said unto him, Yes, Lord: yet the dogs under the table eat of the children's crumbs.
I take the two records of Matthew and Mark that we may have the whole matter before us. May the Holy Spirit bless our meditations thereon.
The brightest jewels are often found in the darkest places. Christ had not found such faith, no, not in Israel, as He discovered in this poor Canaanitish woman. The borders and fringes of the land were more fruitful than the center, where the husbandry had been more abundant. In the headlands of the field, where the farmer does not expect to grow much beyond weeds, the Lord Jesus found the richest ear of corn that as yet had filled His sheaf. Let those of us who reap after Him be encouraged to expect the same experience. Never let us speak of any district as too depraved to yield us converts, nor of any class of persons as too fallen to become believers. Let us go even to the borders of Tyre and Sidon, though the land be under a curse, for even there we shall discover some elect one, ordained to be a jewel for the Redeemer's crown. Our heavenly Father has children everywhere.
In spiritual things it is found that the best plants often grow in the most barren soil. Solomon spoke of trees, and discoursed concerning the hyssop on the wall and the cedar in Lebanon. So is it in the natural world, the great trees are found on great mountains and the minor plants in places adapted for their tiny roots but it is not so among the plants of the Lord's right hand planting, for there we have seen the cedar grow upon the wall-great s ...
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