62 A Greek woman begs help for her daughter.

Matthew 15:21–28; Mark 7:24–30

What took Jesus away from Gennesaret, and how did he wind up near Tyre, almost forty miles away (Matthew 15:21)?

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Why would a Canaanite woman, who was not Jewish, seek help from Jesus (Matthew 15:22)?

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Why didn’t Jesus immediately respond, but ignored her plea (Matthew 15:23)?

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The disciples had been on missions to preach the Kingdom, heal the sick, and cast out devils. Why did they go to Jesus instead of helping the woman (Matthew 15:23)?

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Jesus had helped other non-Jews. The disciples had seen a great stirring among Samaritans. With ministry to outsiders well-established, why would Jesus say he was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel (Matthew 15:24)?

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Why did the woman refuse to take no as a final answer (Matthew 15:25)?

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What made the “bread thrown to dogs” analogy important (Matthew 15:26)?

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Why did Jesus honor the woman’s response and declare healing for her daughter (Matthew 15:28)?

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After leaving Gennesaret, Jesus went to a region near Tyre and Sidon. He did not want anyone to know the house where he was staying, but the news could not be kept secret.

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Matthew 15:21 After leaving Gennesaret, Jesus went to a region near Tyre and Sidon.
Mark 7:24 After leaving Gennesaret, Jesus went to a region near Tyre and Sidon. He did not want anyone to know the house where he was staying, but the news could not be kept secret.
King James

Matthew 15:21 Then Jesus went thence, and departed into the coasts of Tyre and Sidon.
Mark 7:24 And from thence he arose, and went into the borders of Tyre and Sidon, and entered into an house, and would have no man know it: but he could not be hid.

A Greek woman who lived in the area, born in Syrian Phoenicia, had a young daughter who was possessed by an evil spirit. When she heard about Jesus, she came, shouting, “Sir, Son of David, my daughter is cruelly tormented by an evil spirit.”

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Matthew 15:22 A Canaanite woman who lived in the area came, shouting, “Sir, Son of David, my daughter is cruelly tormented by an evil spirit.”
Mark 7:25–26 A woman who lived in the area had a young daughter who was possessed by an evil spirit. When she heard about Jesus, she knelt at his feet and begged him to cast out the evil spirit. Since she was Greek, born in Syrian Phoenicia,
King James

Matthew 15:22 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.
Mark 7:25–26 For a certain woman, whose young daughter had an unclean spirit, heard of him, and came and fell at his feet: The woman was a Greek, a Syrophenician by nation; and she besought him that he would cast forth the devil out of her daughter.

Jesus did not say a word.

Eyewitness

Matthew 15:23 Jesus did not say a word. His disciples came begging. “Send her away. Now she is crying after us.”
King James

Matthew 15:23 But he answered her not a word. And his disciples came and besought him, saying, Send her away; for she crieth after us.

His disciples came begging. “Send her away. Now she is crying after us.”

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Matthew 15:23 Jesus did not say a word. His disciples came begging. “Send her away. Now she is crying after us.”
King James

Matthew 15:23 But he answered her not a word. And his disciples came and besought him, saying, Send her away; for she crieth after us.

“I was only sent to the lost sheep of Israel,” Jesus said.

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Matthew 15:24 “I was only sent to the lost sheep of Israel,” Jesus said.
King James

Matthew 15:24 But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.

The woman knelt at his feet. “Sir, I beg you. Please help me!”

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Matthew 15:25 The woman knelt at his feet. “Sir, I beg you. Please help me!”
King James

Matthew 15:25 Then came she and worshipped him, saying, Lord, help me.

“The children of Israel should be fed first. It is not right to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.”

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Matthew 15:26 “It is not right to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.”
Mark 7:27 he said to her, “The children of Israel should be fed first. It is not right to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.”
King James

Matthew 15:26 But he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children’s bread, and to cast it to dogs.
Mark 7:27 But Jesus said unto her, Let the children first be filled: for it is not meet to take the children’s bread, and to cast it unto the dogs.

“That is true, sir. But even the little dogs under the master’s table eat the children’s crumbs.”

Eyewitness

Matthew 15:27 “That is true, sir. But even dogs eat the scraps that fall from the master’s table.”
Mark 7:28 “That is true, sir. But the little dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.”
King James

Matthew 15:27 And she said, Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.
Mark 7:28 And she answered and said unto him, Yes, Lord: yet the dogs under the table eat of the children’s crumbs.

“Woman, you have great faith. You have answered well. Let it be done exactly as you have asked. You may go now. The evil spirit has left your daughter.” At that moment, her daughter was healed. When the woman arrived home, she found her daughter lying on her bed, and the evil spirit had gone.

Eyewitness

Matthew 15:28 “Woman, you have great faith. Let it be done exactly as you have asked.” At that moment, her daughter was healed.
Mark 7:29–30 “You have answered well. You may go now. The evil spirit has left your daughter.” When the woman arrived home, she found her daughter lying on her bed, and the evil spirit had gone.
King James

Matthew 15:28 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.
Mark 7:29–30 And he said unto her, For this saying go thy way; the devil is gone out of thy daughter. And when she was come to her house, she found the devil gone out, and her daughter laid upon the bed.