In the book of Hebrews there is a passage describing an alter or table that we have to eat from. What we partake of is the sacrifice of God; Jesus. As we partake of him we share in his sacrifice and in his suffering.
9Do not be carried away by all kinds of strange teachings. It is good for our hearts to be strengthened by grace, not by ceremonial foods, which are of no value to those who eat them. 10We have an altar from which those who minister at the tabernacle have no right to eat.
11The high priest carries the blood of animals into the Most Holy Place as a sin offering, but the bodies are burned outside the camp. 12And so Jesus also suffered outside the city gate to make the people holy through his own blood. 13Let us, then, go to him outside the camp, bearing the disgrace he bore. 14For here we do not have an enduring city, but we are looking for the city that is to come.
There is a passage in Luke that gives an indication of the power of the crumbs or scrapes from this table.
24Jesus left that place and went to the vicinity of Tyre. He entered a house and did not want anyone to know it; yet he could not keep his presence secret. 25In fact, as soon as she heard about him, a woman whose little daughter was possessed by an evil spirit came and fell at his feet. 26The woman was a Greek, born in Syrian Phoenicia. She begged Jesus to drive the demon out of her daughter.
27"First let the children eat all they want," he told her, "for it is not right to take the children's bread and toss it to their dogs."
28"Yes, Lord," she replied, "but even the dogs under the table eat the children's crumbs."
29Then he told her, "For such a reply, you may go; the demon has left your daughter."
30She went home and found her child lying on the bed, and the demon gone.
If all we had available were these table scrapes then it would be amazing. We would have deliverance and healing. But all of us now have more than scrapes and crumbs available. We can eat at the table, at the alter of God. We can have communion with the Father and with Jesus and with the Holy Spirit.
Many people want to live off the table scrapes. The lady above had a great heart toward her daughter and great faith and humility. She was willing to be considered a dog if it helped her daughter. Jesus honored all of this in her and spoke deliverance to her. She went back home to a daughter who was healed and delivered. And I am sure she was very, very thankful. This really was an amazing thing that happened. And there are a lot of amazing things that happen to people who have a lot of faith and humility and live off the table scrapes.
But her relationship with Jesus was nothing like the relationship the disciples had. They stayed with Jesus. They walked with him, spoke with him. They were with him in the evenings around the campfires. They had a living, ongoing relationship with him. And they shared in his sufferings and disgrace.
In the passage from Hebrews quoted above it says:
12And so Jesus also suffered outside the city gate to make the people holy through his own blood. 13Let us, then, go to him outside the camp, bearing the disgrace he bore. 14For here we do not have an enduring city, but we are looking for the city that is to come.
We don't go outside the camp for healing and deliverance. You can get that from the table scrapes. We go outside the camp to be with Jesus. He is still despised and rejected in the world today. Sometimes we don't want to be despised and rejected so we settle for table scrapes.
Don't settle for table scrapes. Come outside the camp and fellowship with Jesus. Walk with him, share your heart with him and let him share his heart with you. And share in his disgrace. There is still healing and deliverance but knowing Jesus is so much more.
Eat more than just the crumbs.