Insult was an acceptable way to defend personal honor in their culture: it was a good offense—to use today’s sporting lingo. Dogs was a ready image to use in insult in Jesus’ culture, and he spoke in no unusual manner for his time. The Canaanite woman would not be outdone: “Please, Lord…even the dogs eat the scraps that fall from the table of their masters.”
- Pause to rest in our triune God.
- Ask the Canaanite woman to present you to Jesus.
- Chat with him: praise him for dying and rising for you; thank Jesus for accompanying you when you are not aware of his companionship and for staying near you even when you ignore him.
- Ask Jesus for grace to know him better and to turn to him more often.
- Close your time saying slowing the Lord’s Prayer. His words give us…our daily bread include asking to be more alert to him present with us and to receive graces we may not know we need—graces to free us to live as his more faithful disciples.
- Mark 3.8. Map
- 1Kings 17.9.
- Plutarch vividly described the custom (“knees” are highlighted in blue on this page).