21Leaving that place, Jesus withdrew to the region of Tyre and Sidon. 22A
Canaanite woman from that vicinity came to him, crying out, “Lord, Son
of David, have mercy on me! My daughter is suffering terribly from
23Jesus did not answer a word. So his disciples came to him and urged him, “Send her away, for she keeps crying out after us.”
24He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel.”
25The woman came and knelt before him. “Lord, help me!” she said.
26He replied, “It is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to their dogs.”
27“Yes, Lord,” she said, “but even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.”
28Then Jesus answered, “Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted.” And her daughter was healed from that very hour.
I am fascinated by this story. It just seems so incongruous to everything else that we know about Jesus. I guess that is good reason why we should look at the Bible as a larger entity and not just small passages.