Matthew 15:26 is a famous scripture in the Bible that highlights a fascinating bible verse that says healing is the children’s bread.
In Matthew 15:26, Jesus teaches us that “healing is the children’s bread” when a woman approached and asked him to help heal her demon-possessed daughter.
Jesus initially seems to ignore her, but she persists and kneels before him, saying “Lord, help me!” In response, Jesus says, “It is not right to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.”
The woman replies, “Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.”
Touched by her faith, Jesus then says to her, “Woman, great is your faith! Be it done for you as you desire.” And her daughter was healed from that very hour.
This story is one of the most fascinating stories in the Bible about healing and deliverance because it appears that Jesus initially said no to the woman when she asked him to heal her daughter.
But “Why did Jesus say no? And then later, if you know the story, why did He changed his mind and heal the young girl?
It’s contrary to the common belief that Jesus never refused healing to anyone who came in faith, which is why this story intrigues me, and I’m sure you too.
But let’s look a bit closer at the story because I believe what is hidden in this story will revolutionize how you see Jesus and will cause you to have greater faith in His word no matter what sicknesses or condition you may be struggling with.
What is the meaning of the phrase “Healing is the Children’s Bread”?
The phrase”Healing is the Children’s Bread” is referring to Matthew 15:26, Jesus says, “It is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to the dogs.” This statement is made in response to a woman who asks Jesus to heal her daughter. Jesus’ words can be interpreted to mean that healing, or the bread is something that is meant for his children.
Matthew 15:21-28: Healing is the Children’s Bread
21 Then Jesus went thence, and departed into the coasts of Tyre and Sidon.
22 And, behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts, and cried unto him, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil.
23 But he answered her not a word. And his disciples came and besought him, saying, Send her away; for she crieth after us.
24 But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
25 Then came she and worshipped him, saying, Lord, help me.
26 But he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children’s bread, and to cast it to dogs.
27 And she said, Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.
28 Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour.
If you are like me and you read the scriptures to know more about God, this story has to create questions. The woman asked Jesus to heal her daughter but Jesus seem to ignore her and instead began to talk about the lost sheep of Israel.
But this Syrophoenician woman wasn’t ready to give up, so asked again and Jesus basically calls her suffering demon-possessed young daughter a dog. See verse 26:
“But he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children’s bread, and to cast it to dogs.”
At face value, Jesus’s response seem rude, heartless, discriminating. For example, suppose you are a member of the church I pastor and you came to me for help, maybe spiritual counsel or prayer, and I told you that I cannot pray for you because you are not my biological child.
You’d probably leave my church and never return once I’m at there. It’s a disturbing statement for any to make, yet alone for Jesus, who’s always willing to heal is troubling.
But why did Jesus make such a statement if he is always caring and always willing to heal all who comes to him in faith? What does this say about His character?
Well, let cut the chase and get to the bottom line of the bottom line, the reason Jesus responded to the woman the way He did, had nothing to do with His will to heal the Syrophoenician woman’s daughter.
In says in Galatians 3:13 “Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us. For it is written: “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree.” He redeemed us in order that the blessing promised to Abraham would come to the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit.
And in 1 Peter 2:24 it says, ” Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.”
The stated scriptures shows that, and I believe it is always God’s will to heal. It’s His nature and it’s part of the atonement
But going back to our story, Jesus told her He couldn’t give the children’s bread (healing) to dogs (her daughter) because of the way she approached Him
When she came to Jesus, she called Him the Son of David. This was her mistake, because the Son of David has nothing to do with the Gentiles but it refers to the covenant God made with King David, and which applied to the Jewish people and the nation of Israel.
Under this Davidic Covenant, healing was included and didn’t apply to the Syrophoenician because she wasn’t a Jew.
So, for this woman to come and expect Jesus to answer her prayers on the basis of her calling him the Son of David was illegal.
Jesus couldn’t answer her prayer the way she prayed it because it would have been wrong for him to do so. Otherwise, it wouldn’t meant that the Syrophoenician would get to enjoy benefits from a covenant that didn’t applied to her, and we know by now that God doesn’t operate like this, he is only bound by his words.
You may be asking “Then why did Jesus heal the little girl?” The answer: “His mercy.” See verse 27.
27 And she said, Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.
It was only when the woman humbled herself and didn’t demand deliverance and healing from Jesus that His mercy kicked in and her daughter was healed that very hour.
It is my belief, and I’ve experienced it, that when we understand the mery of God and focus more on God’s mercy rather than our good works then we will get more answers to our prayers to heal, healing, or whatever we are praying about.
Believe me when I say this, “God is a good God and wants to bless us more than we want to be blessed.” But remember, He has and will magnify his words above his name. This means that He will not violate His word in order to answer your prayer.
No wonder we have so many unanswered prayers because we are essentially trying to get God to do something outside of His words. And as illustrated in the story of the Syrophoenician woman, God will not move an inch.
But when you understand God’s mercies and come to God on the grounds of mery, then God will bless you with more than you are able to receive and carry.
Whether it’s finance, deliverance, protection, guidance, or healing, God will always answer your prayers on the grounds of mery.
Moreover, this story about healing is the children’s bread in Matthew 15:26 should help to increase your faith and teach you that mercy is an open cheque from God to get whatever you desire in prayer before the Lord.
Furthermore, this story also teaches us that God is very serious God about His covenant promises. He says what He means and means what He says, He will not violate His words, when He makes a promise, we can rest assured that it will come to pass. We (you included) are in covenant relationship with God.
Here are a few comforting healing scriptures to encourage your faith:
Luke 8:50 Hearing this, Jesus said to Jairus, “Don’t be afraid; just believe, and she will be healed.”
Psalm 147:3 He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.
James 5:14-15 Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven.
Mark 10:52 “Go,” said Jesus, “your faith has healed you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road.
Matthew 10:8 Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give.
Proverbs 17:22 A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.
Luke 4:18 The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free.
Psalms 146:8 The Lord gives sight to the blind, the Lord lifts up those who are bowed down, the Lord loves the righteous.
Psalm 107:30 He sent out his word and healed them; he rescued them from the grave.
Jeremiah 17:14 Heal me, Lord, and I will be healed; save me and I will be saved, for you are the one I praise.
Acts 3:6-7 Then Peter said, “Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.” And he took him by the right hand and lifted him up, and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength.
Mark 9:23 “Everything is possible for one who believes.”
James 5:16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.
Isaiah 53:5 But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.
Malachi 4:2 But for you who revere my name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its rays. And you will go out and frolic like well-fed calves.
1 Peter 2:24 “He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.”
2 Kings 20:5 Go back and tell Hezekiah, the ruler of my people, ‘This is what the Lord, the God of your father David, says: I have heard your prayer and seen your tears; I will heal you. On the third day from now you will go up to the temple of the Lord.’
Luke 10:9 Heal the sick who are there and tell them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’
Short prayer for healing
Here is a short and powerful prayer for healing:
I come before you today in need of your healing touch. I am feeling weak, sick, and in pain, and I trust in your power to restore my health and strength.
I ask that you would touch my body with your healing hands and bring me back to full health. I believe that you are the Great Healer, and that nothing is impossible for you. I trust in your promise to never leave me or forsake me, and I know that you are always with me, even in my times of suffering.
I pray in the name of Jesus, the Healer, that you would bring your healing power into my life, and that you would make me whole again. I thank you for your love and your faithfulness, and I pray that you would continue to bless me and my loved ones with your healing presence.
Final word on healing is the children’s bread
God is a good God, we can trust in His mercy. His mercy never fails. So, in situations where you might be struggling with your health you can trust God and believe that He is a merciful God.
It doesn’t matter if you don’t know what your covenant promises are, you can depend on God’s mercy to heal you.
I want to encourage you to read more about God’s mercy available to you. I’m not telling you to ignore the countless other covenant promises, you should know those too, but I’m telling you to learn as soon as possible about His mercies.
In closing, if you have given your life to Jesus, His promises are your bread. They belong to you and He wants you to enjoy all of them!
If you have not yet given your life to Jesus, then I urge you to do so today so that you too can enjoy all of God’s promises to the church( the body of Christ His son)
God loves you and I believe that when we become illuminated and befin to see God as He really is, we will see ourselves as He made us to be and we will live in power, and fruitfulness, a life that truly is for His glory.
A husband of one wife, father of two beautiful girls, laborer of Lord, Jesus Christ, and a servant to God’s His saints. I hope to encourage you by God’s grace. Thank you for stopping by.