Jesus Said What?

Matthew 15:21-28 

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.

4 thoughts on “Jesus Said What?

  • September 11, 2007 at 11:02 AM

    I always thought of this as being out of character for Jesus until I saw the Matthew Movie (starring Bruce Marchiano). Then it all made since. Marchiano’s portrayal shows it as a test of the woman’s faith. The Jews would have thought of her as a dog and Jesus wanted to see her response to that. In the movie Jesus was truly, truly moved by her faith.

  • September 11, 2007 at 2:18 PM

    Yeah, I tend to read it that way too, but a student walking into this story as one of the first two or three things that she has heard about Jesus may see it in a different way.

  • September 11, 2007 at 3:19 PM

    I feel like this passage shows the full humanity of Jesus. He’s tired, he’s on a mission and stuff keeps getting in the way. I think his reaction wasn’t some great divine test; I think he was annoyed.

    The woman bested him in the argument and I like to imagine that he threw back his head and gave quite a chuckle when he conceeded her point.

  • September 11, 2007 at 7:59 PM

    I have actually always loved this story…my pastor taught one week that this story shows how God answers personal and persistent prayers. And I love the idea that even the crumbs of Jesus mean healing, especially since we get to see later in the Great Commission that we non-Israelites dont have to settle for just crumbs.


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