Summary: Why settle for the crumbs that fall from the table, when you can get a whole loaf? Your blessing is there for you, just get in line and wait for your blessing, Jesus will not disappoint you.
First Church of God in Harvey
Sunday Morning, October 16th, 2011
Let us pray
This is the day which the Lord hath made, we will rejoice and be glad in it. Problems all around us, but this still is the day which the Lord hath made, we will rejoice and be glad in it.............
Last Sunday our speaker spoke on "Facing our fears," and he encouraged us to wait on the Lord. During the week, did you find yourself waiting on the Lord, or did you find yourself tackling problems on your own? It is so very easy wanting to do things on our own, but it is far better to wait on the Lord
This year we have been reading through the Bible, and on October 7th, a portion of our Bible reading was from Matthew 15, and yesterday a portion of our Bible reading was from Mark 7th. Both Matthew 15 and Mark 7 gives the story of a Syrophoenician woman, a Canaanite who was desperately in need of help, and was willing to take the crumbs because there was a need to see her daughter get well.
Our scripture reading for today is taken from Mark 7 verses 24 through 30, and we can all stand and read from the screen. Please tell someone, there is help for the brokenhearted.
My to-pic for today is, More than the crumbs for the brokenhearted. The word broken means, emotionally crushed........
As we look at our text for today, here are a few questions to think about. "Do you see God in the brokenness of your life?" "Do you see God in those empty places of the heart that no one has ever been able to fill?" Miracles, supernatural events occur when you are standing on the edge, in complete desperation, and you are forced to cry out to God for help. Thank God, there is help for the brokenhearted. Saints and friends, "there is the miracle: that in our brokenness, in the deep center of our pain, God will make himself known. God meets us in those places where all other hope has been lost." There is more than the crumbs for the brokenhearted.
Who want to eat crumbs? Crumbs are for the beggars. Crumbs are for the poor. Crumbs are for those who can't afford the finer things of life, but today I want you to know that there is more than the crumbs for the brokenhearted.
This woman in our text, who was referred to as a certain woman, it seem everything was going against her; she was a woman, and she was an alien or a foreigner. Back in those days women were not highly considered, and matters became worse if you were an alien. There was a problem between the Canaanites and the Jews, somewhat like the racial problems we have today, and that is seen in many of our churches today, but Jesus came to bridge that gulf and make us all one in Christ Jesus. In Christ there is more than the crumbs for the brokenhearted.
Christ our Lord was ministering, and he was quite likely very tired, and so he withdrew himself from "the crowded cities and busy shores," to some secluded spot where he could rest for awhile, but the bible says, "but he could not be hid." When you are involved doing God's work, when lives are being changed, when bodies are being healed, when the unclean is being made clean, it is somewhat difficult to hide yourself. News will get around, and those who are in need will come seeking for you.
Somewhere in that town was a woman, a woman who was desperate, a woman who it seems everything was going against her, this woman heard about Jesus. Jesus was in town, and she had a need, her daughter had an unclean spirit, and so she had to see Jesus. She must have heard, that Jesus could give sight to the blind. She must have heard, that Jesus could make the dumb to speak again. She must have heard, that Jesus could make the lame to walk again. She must have heard, that Jesus could make those who have unclean spirit clean again, and so she had to see Jesus. This woman had a very good reason for wanting to see Jesus, she was brokenhearted.
I wonder if there is somebody here today who have a need, this need is so great,. you just can't wait, you have to see Jesus. Deep down inside of you there seems to be turmoil. On the outside things appears alright, but on the inside there is desperation. On the outside there might be a smile, but on the inside there is a struggle going on. You are in the right place at the right time, because thank God, Jesus is passing your way. (Reach out and touch the Lord as he pass by......)