Can someone explain Matthew 15:21-26 to me?

Dec 4th, 2009 | By | Category: Questions You Ask (click for the full answer)

Can someone explain Matthew 15:21-26 to me?

Jesus says he is only here to save the people of Israel. When a Canaanite woman asks him for a miracle he first denies her and says “It is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to their dogs.” He later goes on to help her, but that first part is perplexing to me.

Matthew 15:21-28 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.

Israel was under a covenant relationship with God. God only recognized Israel and no other nations. When Jesus came to pay the Ransom for Father Adam (and all mankind through him), he came to the nation that was under the covenant.

There are different dispensations in the Bible. Peter talks about three. The “World (age) that Was,” the age before the flood, the “Present Evil Word”, and the “World without End” that is yet to come. And within those larger epochs there are smaller ages. From the Death of Jacob to 36 AD we have the Jewish Age, at which point we see Cornelius, the first Gentile convert accepted into the Church. We have the incident of Philip and the Ethiopian Eunuch that took place before the acceptance of Cornelius, but we have to remember, he was already a Jewish proselyte i.e. a Jew by conversion.

To bestow a blessing on the Gentiles too early was out of order, though a few exceptions were made. Because this woman asked and was persistent about it, she displayed more faith than most of his own people, therefore, Jesus yielded; though he wanted to make it perfectly clear that his mission was “to the Jew first” (Rom. 1:16).

There are different dispensations in the Bible. Peter talks about three. The “Word (age) that Was, the age before the flood, the Present Evil Word”, and the World without End that is yet to come. And within those larger epochs there are smaller ages. From the Death of Jacob to 36 AD we have the Jewish Age, at which point we see Cornelius, the first Gentile convert accepted into the Church. We have the incident of Philip and the Ethiopian Eunuch that took place before the acceptance of Cornelius, but we have to remember, he was already a Jewish proselyte i.e. a Jew by conversion.

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