Context: Mat 15:21 And Jesus went away from there and withdrew to the district of Tyre and Sidon.
Mat 15:22 And behold, a Canaanite woman from that region came out and cried, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David; my daughter is severely possessed by a demon.”
Mat 15:23 But he did not answer her a word. And his disciples came and begged him, saying, “Send her away, for she is crying after us.”
Mat 15:24 He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”
Mat 15:25 But she came and knelt before him, saying, “Lord, help me.”
Mat 15:26 And he answered, “It is not fair to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.”
Mat 15:27 She said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.”
Mat 15:28 Then Jesus answered her, “O woman, great is your faith! Be it done for you as you desire.” And her daughter was healed instantly.
I reject interpretation that Jesus did not care about the Gentiles; this passage has a meaning for the Jews to whom Jesus is sent.
Beyond that it teaches that God’s mercy is wider than the specific mission as long as the mission is not compromised, show mercy.
What are the commands of Jesus Christ which we need to obey? In disciple-making, Jesus commanded the following in Matthew 28:20: “teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you…” What are the commands that we are to follow and teach others as identified by Jesus’ use of the imperative mood in the Greek?
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