Matthew 15:21-28 – Giving Bread to Puppies
|| Mark 7:24-30
MT15:21 Leaving there Jesus withdrew into the area of Tyre and Sidon. MT15:22 And, look! a Canaanite woman from the region came out yelling, “Have mercy on me, Master, Son of David, for my daughter is horribly demonized!” MT15:23 But Jesus did not answer her with a single word. The disciples of Jesus approached him, requesting, “Get rid of her, because she keeps following us, yelling crazily.” MT15:24 Now Jesus answered them, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” MT15:25 But, the woman approached and bowed to the earth on her knees, saying, “Master, help me.” MT15:26 Jesus told her, “It is not right to take the bread of the children and throw it to little dogs.” MT15:27 The woman responded, “Yes, Master, but the little dogs do eat from those crumbs spilling from their masters’ table.” MT15:28 Finally, Jesus said to her, “O, woman, your faith is great. Let what you want happen.” And her daughter was healed in that very hour.
 Withdrew into the area of: A fifty-mile walk northeast to the coast of Syro-phoenicia.
 Canaanite: The Greek is CANAANAIA is also rendered: NWT: Phoenician. This is modern Palestine the cradle of language which began with Hebrew to Greek to Latin to English.
 Horribly demonized: Or, KJV: grievously vexed with a devil; WEY: cruelly harassed; LAM: seriously afflicted with insanity.
 Get rid of her: Or, KJV: send her away; KNX: rid us of her. The disciples have little patience for this vexed mother.
 Yelling crazily: The Greek is CRAZEI. Or, MOF: wailing
 I was sent only to: Jesus has a precise commission from his Father and cannot waver from it.
 Lost sheep of the house of Israel: Jesus was sent from heaven, not to seek the world of mankind, but those willing Jews in Israel. Jesus is later to say that after he ascends to heaven he would draw all kinds of people. These were the Non-Jews whom he calls “other sheep.” (John 10:16)
 Bowed to the earth on her knees: The Greek is PROSEKUNEI. Or, KJV: worshipped; RHM: began bowing down; WEY: threw herself at his feet; MOF: knelt before him. See notes elsewhere on worship or PROSKUNEO.
 It is not right: Having said this, Jesus is soon to do what he said it was not right (good, fine) to do.
 The children: The lost sheep of Israel.
 Little dogs: The Greek is KYNARIOS. Or, KJV: dogs; RHM: little dogs; BECK: puppies. Some might consider the remark racist or filled with ethnic prejudice. However, he softens his metaphor in “puppies” and we may suspect his manner and facial expression was kindly and sympathetic. He may also have said it more for his disciples’ benefit.
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