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21 Then Jesus went out from there and departed to the region of Tyre and Sidon. 22 And behold, a woman of Canaan came from that region and cried out to Him, saying, "Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David! My daughter is severely demon-possessed." 23 But He answered her not a word. And His disciples came and urged Him, saying, "Send her away, for she cries out after us." 24 But He answered and said, "I was not sent except to the lost sheep of the house of Israel." 25 Then she came and worshiped Him, saying, "Lord, help me!" 26 But He answered and said, "It is not good to take the children's bread and throw it to the little dogs." 27 And she said, "Yes, Lord, yet even the little dogs eat the crumbs which fall from their masters' table."

28 Then Jesus answered and said to her, "O woman, great is your faith! Let it be to you as you desire." And her daughter was healed from that very hour.

This is not a parable, but a true story of a Canaanite woman who was a Gentile believer. She was one of God's Elect, and had great God given faith to believe as a true worshiper of Jesus Christ. She had an amazingly humble spirit, in great contrast to the self-righteous and proud Pharisees. Pharisees looked down upon Gentiles as dogs, and Jesus Christ used the same terminology to test the faith of this Gentile woman. She was willing to be a spiritual beggar and wanted every crumb of blessing she could get from Jesus, as she understood her total dependence upon Him, the Saviour of Israel, for her daughter's healing.

In the parable of the rich man and Lazarus, Jesus Christ used the name Lazarus to denote a Gentile believer. The name Lazarus is a form of the Hebrew name Eliezer as confirmed in Strong's number G2976. Eliezer was a Gentile faithful servant of Abraham, whom God used to get a bride for Isaac. (Genesis 15:2, 24:1-66)

The description and attitude of Lazarus in the parable resemble that of the Gentile Canaanite woman. Like her, Lazarus is associated with dogs, and he is also a spiritual beggar dependent on the crumbs that fell from the rich man's table. Lazarus also understood that his spiritual hunger could only be satisfied through the spiritually rich Abrahamic blessing given to the Jews, and ultimately through the Seed of Abraham, who is Jesus Christ Himself, the Bread of Life.

The first point to note from the parable of the rich man and Lazarus is the revelation of the spiritual truth that unbelieving Israelites have been temporarily broken off from their own spiritually rich natural Holy Olive Tree of Israel. This has happened in order to fulfill God's will to graft into the Holy Olive Tree of Israel, a set number of wild olive branches who are God's Gentile Elect. (Romans 11:16-20)

All unbelieving Israelites (the cut off natural olive branches) will miss out on the first phase of the Kingdom of God, which is the Millennial Kingdom of Jesus Christ on this earth. However, Apostle Paul makes it abundantly clear in Romans Chapter 11 that God has not permanently rejected unbelieving Israelites, and ultimately His Plan is to save ALL Israel.

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