Have you ever read a portion of scripture from the bible that makes you feel a teeny-weeny bit uncomfortable & so you kind of ignore it & hope it will go away? 

The only trouble is, it won’t go away because God is obviously trying to teach you something through this scripture & ignoring it won’t work! 

God will just keep bringing it up until you study & learn from it! 

It says in 2 Timothy 3:16-17 “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work”.

I don’t know about you but I definitely want to be complete & thoroughly equipped for everything I do in God.

So here is my ‘pretend its not there’ scripture from the bible: 

Matthew 15:21-28 Then Jesus went out from there and departed to the region of Tyre and Sidon. And behold, a woman of Canaan came from that region and cried out to Him, saying, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David! My daughter is severely demon-possessed.” But He answered her not a word. And His disciples came and urged Him, saying, “Send her away, for she cries out after us.” But He answered and said, “I was not sent except to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” Then she came and worshiped Him, saying, “Lord, help me!” But He answered and said, “It is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the little dogs.” And she said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the little dogs eat the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.” Then Jesus answered and said to her, “O woman, great is your faith! Let it be to you as you desire.” And her daughter was healed from that very hour. 

Okay, so no guesses needed for the part that makes me squirm.

Yep, you’ve got it. Its the bit where Jesus refers to the Canaanite woman as a ‘little dog’.

Shock horror! My beautiful Jesus, the one who saved me and called me by name has called a woman a dog! Surely not. 

And so I quickly move on to the next part where I read about the loaves and fishes……but no, wait. 

God wants me to stay on the part of the bible that I find tricky, to study it & gain revelation in order for me to grow & know Him better.

Over the last week I have not been able to get this portion of scripture out of my head. 

The Lord has been breaking it down for me, bit by bit and I would like to share what I have learned. 

So, what can we learn from the Canaanite woman and this scripture?

1. The Canaanite woman had great faith.

Now let’s go back to that original scripture from verse 27.

And she said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the little dogs eat the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.” Then Jesus answered and said to her, “O woman, great is your faith! Let it be to you as you desire.” And her daughter was healed from that very hour. 

It reminds me a lot of the woman with the issue of blood found in Mark 5:25–34, Matthew 9:20-22 & Luke 8:43–48.

This woman knew that, by just touching even the hem of Jesus’ garment, she would receive her healing. So great was her faith.

The Canaanite woman had great faith also & had assurance that Jesus was the only one that could heal her daughter. 

She only needed just a moment of Jesus’ time, just a glimpse of His presence. 

A crumb was enough for her because she had recognised exactly who Jesus was. 

So great is God’s power & presence that we can receive from Jesus with just a crumb and be completely full & satisfied.

2. The Canaanite woman showed humility 

Now to illustrate this I want to go back to the scripture again but this time looking at verse 25. 

Then she came and worshiped Him, saying, “Lord, help me!” 

(Any bible verse that says the word ‘worship’ always makes my ears prick up!)

As the Canaanite woman worshipped, she was saying, “Lord help me”. 

Oh, I remember it well, the time when I cried out to God and asked Him to help me. Just as the Canaanite woman had cried “Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David!”

The moment I reached out to Jesus and asked for His help was the moment I let go of all my pride and accepted that I was in desperate need of a Saviour. 

I had eaten a huge portion of humble pie, had fallen flat on my face and came full circle, back to the only one who could help me out of my big mess. 

I couldn’t do this on my own anymore. We’ve all been there right? That place where we come to the end of our rope and the only solution is Jesus. 

So, I worshipped and cried out to God for Him to help me, right there on my kitchen floor. 

I was begging, on my knees like a little dog, for a crumb of God’s forgiveness, mercy & compassion. 

It didn’t do me any harm to be on my knees. For far too long I was full of pride, had done my own thing and made a complete and utter mess of my life! 

I needed to reach that place where I could identify exactly what price Jesus paid for my sins. 

I needed to eat the crumbs off the floor, in humility, in order for me to experience that beautiful moment when Jesus lifted me up to sit at the table to eat with Him.

Without humility it is impossible to receive. 

3. The Canaanite woman was persistent and bold

Matthew 15:22-23 And behold, a woman of Canaan came from that region and cried out to Him, saying, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David! My daughter is severely demon-possessed.” But He answered her not a word. And His disciples came and urged Him, saying, “Send her away, for she cries out after us.”

We have a chihuahua called Lacey. She is the cutest little thing & is definitely a pampered pooch.

Here’s a picture of her.

Lacey is ridiculously tiny & doesn’t need much food, however, she is extremely greedy & wherever food is, Lacey follows! 

Her belly is full but she is not satisfied. 

As we eat our meal at the table, Lacey will sit, tentatively expectant for one small crumb to drop on to the floor. 

She then races as fast as she can to gobble up the scraps of food that have fallen from the table. 

Lacey is also extremely persistent when food is around. She has the most annoying, yappy bark. The noise she makes can go straight through you until you eventually give in and either put her in another room, away from the food, or give her something to eat. (I try to do the first rather than the latter). 

The Canaanite woman was not giving up on her protest to receive from Jesus, despite the fact that she was annoying the disciples. 

The Canaanite woman showed great persistence as she was not going anywhere until she had got her answer.

My beloved Grandad used to say, “If you don’t ask, you don’t get!”

And so, I would never be afraid to ask my Grandad for anything. 
I was confident that if I really needed something, I could go to my Grandad, knowing that he loved me and would help in any way he could. 

The Canaanite woman was bold in her approach. She went straight up to Jesus and asked him outright for deliverance for her daughter. 

I, too, have been in that very same position, desperate for healing & deliverance for my daughter. 

My eldest was admitted into hospital at the age of 10 and was being treated for Anorexia Nervosa, a vile & horrible illness, which meant she was refusing to eat or drink.

This was the worst thing I have ever had to go though and I cried out to God for her deliverance relentlessly. 

Praise God, she is 13 now and is completely healed and delivered from this illness. 
I know that God answered my prayers and I know that He healed my daughter. 

4. The Canaanite woman wasn’t ruled by her past 

Matthew 15:21-22 Then Jesus went out from there and departed to the region of Tyre and Sidon. And behold, a woman of Canaan came from that region and cried out to Him…..

Now, for this, we need to look at both the history and culture of his woman’s background in order for us to understand. 

If we go to the book of Isaiah, chapter 23 it explains more. It is best read in its entirety but verse 4 says, 

“Be ashamed, O Sidon; For the sea has spoken, The strength of the sea, saying, “I do not labor, nor bring forth children; Neither do I rear young men, Nor bring up virgins”. 

What this verse is saying about Sidon, is that it is a godless nation that puts their strength in idols (the sea) and not in God. 

Sidon, the area that the Canaanite woman came from, was not a pleasant place. 

This woman’s ancestors would not have followed or worshipped the one true God and she would have been raised to worship idols. 

The Canaanite woman refused to let this part of her past rule her and she had come to realise that Jesus was her answer.

As she made that step of faith and cried out in desperation to Jesus, she was literally saying, “I know you are God and I know you can help me”. 

At that moment, not only was the daughter made whole but this woman also received her salvation.

The Canaanite woman was no longer a product of her past but had now experienced the inheritance that Jesus came to give us all, regardless of our origin.

I have learned so much from this portion of scripture that I once avoided. I do hope you have too

Please feel free to comment & share. I love to hear from you and am happy to chat and answer any questions. 

Love & blessings,




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  1. My dear friend

    Thank you very much for this detailed explanation and your experience with pride and humilation.
    This woman reminded me also on one story with Jesus Christ: When a prostitute (Maria Magdalena) was about to be stoned and Jesus came and asked the men: “Who is without a sin may throw the stone first…” Noone threw the stone. Indeed we need to have much more humilation. At the time of the real Gurus (competent Masters) some of the disciples were so much humble that say said to their Masters: “Allow me to be the dust at your feed…” Kabir also said: “I am the worst in the world…” – and Kabir was a Saint… so our pride, the brother of our ego wants to make us better than other, wants to earn the fruit, instead of saying “all credit goes to God as He is the doer, but our ego and pride want to have attention, a reward for their “doings”. Earlier I have written: “The shadow thinks it is doing, but it is the light that moves the shadow…”

    Thank you very much for sharing your thoughts and analysis

    All what is good to your soul


    1. Thank you so much Didi for taking the time to read this and also for commenting.
      I like what you said “The shadow thinks it is doing, but it is the light that moves the shadow…” that’s really quite profound.
      God bless you!
      Hayley 😊

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  2. All excellent thoughts. Yes, humility and persistence are treasured by the Lord in his people.
    A couple more thoughts:
    The existence of a Canaanite woman centuries after the time of Moses, Joshua, and the Judges was an affront to the Lord. He told the Israelites to clear them out of the land so God’s people would not be tempted into idolatry.
    All the same, God’s grace is “for the nations,” so Jesus was willing to grant her request when she had shown her faith, humility, and persistence.
    It may seem a bit cruel, but–knowing the strength of her faith–Jesus probably intended the entire conversation to be a teaching opportunity for his disciples and for all those who would learn of Him through their teaching and their writings.
    Finally, I’m glad that your daughter has recovered. I pray that she remains solid in her recovery. Some people never entirely lose the pain of that disease–including one very dear to me. J.

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    1. Thank you for commenting J.
      I do agree with you that Jesus did use this as a way to teach both the disciples and us 😀 and yes, the scripture is a wonderful example of God’s love for all nations.
      Thank you also for your kind words regarding my daughter. I would like to write a complete blog post on her recovery & healing at some point but obviously need to get her permission first.
      Blessings to you in Christ Jesus,

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  3. This post was a compelling read for a spiritual seeker like myself. I have not read the bible and lean more toward Buddhist teachings although I’ve not read a great deal on this either. I tend to follow my heart in all things spiritual. I just wanted to say thank you for sharing an in depth breakdown of how you came to your conclusions, I found this very helpful indeed.

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    1. Hi! 😀
      Thanks so much for reading & commenting. So glad you found it helpful!
      Its awesome that you are seeking…..God obviously brought you to my page for a reason! 😊
      I believe that God is prompting me to share this scripture with you. Hope that’s okay & you don’t mind. Love Hayley 💞💖💞

      Jeremiah 29:13 And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.

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  4. “Study and show yourself approved of and by God!”

    Awesome – you have certainly digested both the spiritual milk and meat of God’s infallible, unexplainable yet undeniable Word, in such an easy-to-comprehend tone of voice that a seven year old to an 107 year old, male or female, can positively understand, Amen!!!

    God bless you & your ministries; thanks for sharing and remain blessed and beautiful to be a blessing to others through God’s unconditional love, grace, mercy, compassion, and to others in Jesus’ name, Amen!!!

    Dio te benedica,
    Ciao & Grazie xxx

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    1. God bless you for your kind & encouraging words. I’m extremely humbled and am grateful for you both reading & commenting.
      Its a pleasure to meet you both and I look forward to reading your posts.
      Blessings to you both in Christ Jesus.
      Hayley 😊💕

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  5. Thank you, Hayley, for taking the time to share with us what you found when you unpacked this passage of Scripture. However, I read it, then looked back over it a couple of times just to be sure, and unless I’m just blind (and I could be), I never saw where you specifically addressed the “calling her a dog” issue. I don’t want to steal any of your thunder, so I won’t share at this point why I believe He said that, but would you expound on it? I think that’s the one part that is missing in what is a wonderful study.

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    1. Thanks Anthony.
      I need to read it over again also as it was a while ago and I was just starting out with this blog.

      I’m no bible scholar and merely wrote what I felt God was showing me through that piece of scripture. However, I do think the phrase can be taken out of context, according to modern day language.
      I think I’m correct in saying that gentiles were often referred to as ‘dogs’ (meaning unclean) but the word Jesus used was similar to the English term ‘pet dog’ and different to the word that meant unclean. Also, I think the main point was that Jesus was testing her faith and also teaching the disciples a good lesson. I suppose there’s a lot more detail I could’ve gone into but I only included the parts that helped me personally to understand.
      Apologies for you having to read it a few times and it’s something for me to think about in future, that I address every part.

      Feel free to share your thoughts. You won’t be stealing my thunder 😂
      Hayley 😊


  6. Dear Hayley:

    I can feel the integrity of your yearning for Christ in every word you write. When filled with that yearning, there are times when we try to read every word from Jesus as though it was written for us. As in this passage he was speaking to a woman who yearned for his compassion to touch her life, that tendency would be particularly strong in your encounter.

    But Jesus spoke in the presence of others – others that believed that they were privileged before God. They believed that they were “chosen” (the “children” that Jesus mentions) and others were not (the “dogs”). Jesus spoke to the woman in the terms that they used, terms that led them to command him to send her away.

    But she refused, in essence saying “I don’t want to take you away from these others, I only want a few crumbs of your grace for my daughter!” And he need do nothing, because the healing power of the Most High runs through all of those that are open to it.

    This incident was a great reproof to the Hebrew nation (along with the parable of the Good Samaritan, among others). It was to warn them that their time of privilege was coming to an end.

    Yours in Christ,


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