Crumbs From The Master's Table

“The dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their master’s table.”

Matthew 15:27

Both the humility and the quick, eager faith of this woman appear in this response. She was not offended by the figure our Lord had used. She was willing to be as a little dog under the Master’s table. The children were first served, and then the pieces they let fall belonged to the dogs. And even the crumbs from that table were enough for her, more than the richest dainties from any other table.

Thus both humility and faith were shown in her answer; and in both she is an example to us. We should come to Christ with a deep sense of our unworthiness, ready to take the lowest place. It is such a precious thing to be permitted to take even the crumbs from the Master’s table, that we should exult in the privilege. Even the crumbs of His grace and love are better than all the richest feasts of this world.

“Not worthy, Lord, to gather up the crumbs
With trembling hand that from thy table fall,
A weary, heavy laden sinner comes
To plead thy promise and obey thy call.

“I am not worthy to be thought thy child,
Nor sit the last and lowest at thy board;
Too long a wanderer, and too oft beguiled,
I only ask one reconciling word.”

Yet we are not fed with crumbs; we are seated at the full table, with the richest provisions before us. The prodigal, returning, asked only to be made a servant, as he felt unworthy to be restored to a son’s place. But father love knew no such half way restoration as that. The white robe, the ring, the shoes, were given to him, insignia of sonship. God puts the lowliest and unworthiest at once into the children’s place, and feeds them abundantly.