Any time I read of this humble plea from a Gentile woman, I can't help but think of McQueen. First, It was Jesus' policy to go "to the Jew first, and also to the Greeks" (Romans 1:16; see esp. Matthew 10:5-7). Jesus gave His chosen people the first right of refusal so to speak. But, thank God Jesus is also for the Gentiles...there's plenty of Jesus to go around, "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son..." (John 3:16). Second, this woman's humility touched Jesus and He answered her request to free her daughter from the unclean spirit. The woman identified herself with the dog that is willing to eat the crumbs that fall from the master's table. That is the part that reminds me of my guide dog.
It doesn't matter how trained McQueen is, how consistent I am with his feedings, or even how I spend good money on his Taste of the Wild Bison flavored dog food--when certain people are eating at the table, McQueen is sitting at attention. He knows who to sit by at supper time, our youngest children. He has had many happy doggy moments when their "crumbs" fall into his salivating mouth.
Who's table are you eating from? Thankfully, we aren't Jesus' dogs but God's children when we are saved. Jesus serves more than crumbs to His children. He serves living water, the Bread from Heaven, the milk of the Word, and (when you are mature enough for it) the meat of the Word. He is also known for sharing delectable sweets with us. Unfortunately, sometimes God's children get full on the carnival food scraps of the world so they end up not being so hungry when God offers His nutritious sustenance.
McQueen has a problem...he is a dog that would eat from anyone. As children of God, we should be careful who we are eating from. We have a seat at our Master's table.