CRUMBS Andy Hollifield 12-7-17
Matthew 15:27 And she said, Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.
John 4:32 But he said unto them, I have meat to eat that ye know not of.
Luke 12:24 Consider the ravens: for they neither sow nor reap; which neither have storehouse nor barn; and God feedeth them: how much more are ye better than the fowls?
Psalms 37:25 I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.
As I sat in church Wednesday night, Pastor Terry Sprouse made reference to Matthew 15:27 about the crumbs from the master’s table. That got me to thinking about how good God really is to us in the little things. I also began to think about all the times that God fed his people. In the beginning of Genesis when he first created Adam and Eve and placed them in the garden, up until Genesis 3:19 where they were banished the garden, God fed Adam and Eve. They had the entire garden with the exception of one tree at their disposal until they sinned and took of the forbidden tree. From the time of the curse, man has been earning his bread by the sweat of his face.
In Exodus 16 God rained down manna for the children of Israel and later gave them fresh meat in the evening and in both the manna and the bread; all they had to do was to gather it. Like most of us, they eventually got tired of it but still had to do it. They lived on those two things for 40 years. In 1 Kings the Lord fed Elijah by having the ravens bring him bread by the brook. After that, God sent an angel down to cook for him. Yet again, the Lord sent him to Zarephath and told him that a widow woman would sustain him. Another time, he fed some lepers by drawing them to a town that had been abandoned by its residents, because an enemy had attacked and driven them out. God just has any number of ways to provide for his children.
In the New Testament, there are numerous time that Christ fed those that were with him. Once he fed four thousand and another time five thousand and that was besides the women and children. We also find where that on one occasion, he met them on the seashore after they had spent the night fishing without catching anything. That time, he told them to drop their nets on the other side and while they were trying to get the fish in, he was cooking fish for them on the beach. After his resurrection, he encountered two people on the road to Emmaus, and after blessing and breaking bread with them, their eyes were opened and they finally realized who he was.
My point is this; you don’t have to settle for leftovers or crumbs because God invited you to the partake of the main course as a guest of honor. In Matthew 6:32-33 Jesus tells his disciples that when it comes to food and clothing, “your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. (33) But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” ALL of these things; not just some of them or whatever God can afford. God owns the whole world and would bankrupt heaven if necessary to meet your needs. He won’t give you anything second-rate, left over, or crumbs but as I have already mentioned, he will give you the main course. As a matter of fact, we have already received our invitation to a dinner party. A reservation is required but anybody that wants to and accepts his invitation, will be provided transportation up to heaven for a wedding ceremony, celebration, and reception for God’s Son Jesus and his bride. Whosoever Will will be there. This particular wedding will make the royal weddings in England look like a backyard birthday party gone wrong. Just make sure you are ready because there will be no late entries. The gates will close promptly as soon as the wedding party arrives and enters the venue. No excuses as to why you weren’t ready when the groom arrived for you will be accepted.
And you thought you were going to get crumbs from the Master’s table! Not hardly; you are the guest of honor. Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!