The Body And The Beast -
The Children vs. the Dogs
Mt. 15:26 And He answered and said, "It is not good to take the children's bread and throw it to the dogs."
To this point we have studied prophetic types that give us a proper appreciation specifically of the role of America--the chief anointed beast of the Church Age--relative to the church. We have focused on America because it is the beast from which Christ's body has the greatest difficulty maintaining distinct identity. But now we want to step back and look at other prophetic types that reveal God's mind regarding the distinction of God's people from all beast nations in the world.
The first of these comes from the encounter between Jesus and the Syro-Phoenician woman. This is a familiar story. Jesus on His travels steps outside the bounds of Israel into the region of Tyre and Sidon (Lebanon) to take a mini-vacation and get some respite from the crowds at home. He thinks He will find this rest by coming to a location where He expects to be virtually unknown. It's a place He has no intention of ministering.
Nevertheless, a certain gentile woman who has heard of His fame gets wind that He has come to her area. Being that her daughter is sorely in need of deliverance from demons, she seeks Him out for ministry. In response to her plea, He lets her know she is outside the bounds of His mission which is to Israel only and so He cannot minister to her. But she is insistent and does not give up. It's at this point He comes out and tells her point blank, "It is not good to take the children's bread and throw it to the dogs."
This has always seemed as one of the Lordís harsher statements to ordinary people. But if we can get beneath the tone, we can learn much from the metaphor. What we have here is none other than an acknowledgement by the Lord of the essential identity difference between those that are His and those that are outside of His family. It is a testimony from the Lord's own lips that He distinguishes between His body and the remaining beasts of mankind.
Contrary to the passionist beliefs of the prophetic intercessory church, the Lord Jesus Himself is not beyond referring to those outside His own as "dogs." Is this because He does not value human life outside those who have taken His name? No, not at all. Rather, it is because Jesus nevertheless recognizes that--unless they are the recipients of the Father's grace to be converted into part of His Body through the knowledge of God--the peoples of all nations are ultimately characterized by their sin-ridden carnal "beast" natures and appetites. All men are not inherently in possession of some "divine spark" that gives them a hidden alignment with God that just needs to be "awakened" somehow. No. All men are dead in their sins. Prior to the knowing of God therefore, men are essentially little different than animals which also by nature are incapable of knowing God.
Such a thought is not popular and hardly perceivable to the passionist church in its romantically religious "love affair" with mankind. We live today in an "anti-discrimination" era, and rightly so. And the passionist church is right to carry an anti-discrimination attitude toward men based on race and similar natural human factors. The gospel is not a respecter of persons based on race, etc. It in fact transcends all such factors. There has been much false discrimination between men based on race and other natural factors over which God makes no distinction.
Nevertheless, the abuses of carnal discrimination by men between men, and the fact that God is not a respecter of persons relative to natural human differences does not erase the truth of spiritual discrimination in which God clearly divides between those who are and those who are not the recipients of His Redemption into the Body of His Son through the knowledge of Him. The Father's non-respecting of human origins does not erase the truth that a knowledge, trust and intimacy exists between Christ and His Body that can never be ascribed, assigned or attributed to anyone else--i.e., to those who are inherently motivated by the nature of the beast.
If we are to truly become like Christ, we must come to share His spiritually discriminatory Mind on this matter.
Page updated January 9, 2017