What does Matt 15:26 & 27 mean?

some women was begging Jesus to get a demon out of her daughter and he says something about dogs and and after that Jesus sees her faith and heals her daughter


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Matthew 15:26 But He answered and said, It is not meet to take the children's bread, and to cast it to dogs.

What is the subject of this whole chapter, "Bread" five loaves, seven loaves, what goes in or out doesn't matter. What matters is the bread of life, Jesus Christ, the Word of God. It is not right, or virtuous to take what is intended for the children of God, and give to the dogs. The dogs in the form Jesus used, was in reference to Gentiles, yet this woman of Canaan applied it to the animal.

Jesus is trying to relate to His disciples, and you if you claim the name of Christ, that by the law, He was not sent to the Gentiles. He was sent to the lost sheep of the House of Israel, all thirteen tribes, if you count Joseph as two. Here even a Kenite shows more faith, then those that were invited to the table of the Lord.

Matthew 15:27 And she said, Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters' table.

The woman was saying here, even a puppy has some rights at the masters' table, if they love you.


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It means Jesus had a thing for dogs.


Jesus cast out demons


It is not right to take what belongs to the jews and offer it up to the gentiles. True Lord, but the dogs who eat scraps (meaning the gentiles), therefore they can get some Ofthe blessings.


i don't like any explanation i saw of that scripture. so i went to a canadian answer which said jesus said it is now time to preach this message to the gentiles the woman was a gentile and thank him for the crumbs from his table


Ver. 26-27. And to cast it to the dogs; i.e. to Gentiles, sometimes so called by the Jews. (Witham) --- The diminutive word Kunarios, or whelp, is used in both these verses in the Septuagint. Our Lord crosses the wishes of the Chanaan?an, not that he intended to reject her, but that he might bring to light the hidden and secret treasure of her virtue. Let us admire not only the greatness of her faith, but likewise the profoundness of her humility; for when our Saviour called the Jews children, so far from being envious of another's praise, she readily answers, and gives them the title of lords; and when Christ likened her to a dog, she presently acknowledges the meanness of her condition. (St. Chrysostom, hom. liii.) He refused at first to listen to her petition, says the same saint, to instruct us with what faith, humility, and perseverance we ought to pray. To make his servants more sensible of his mercy, and more eager to obtain it, he often appears to pay no attention to their prayers, till he had exercised them in the virtues of humility and patience. Ask, and you shall receive; knock, and it shall be opened to you. (Haydock)

Ver. 28. Be it done. In the beginning God said, Let there be light, and there was light; here Jesus Christ says, let it be done, &c. and her daughter was healed from that hour. So powerful with God is earnest and fervent prayer. (St. Chrysostom, hom. liii.)

NOTE: Compare with Matt 7:6

""Do not give what is holy to dogs, or throw your pearls before swine, lest they trample them underfoot, and turn and tear you to pieces.""


Crumbs Under The Table: Explain This Verse Please!

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21 Jesus left that place and went away to the district of Tyre and Sidon. 22 Just then a Canaanite woman from that region came out and started shouting, "Have mercy on me, Lord, Son of David; my daughter is tormented by a demon." 23 But he did not answer her at all. And his disciples came and urged him, saying, "Send her away, for she keeps shouting after us." 24 He answered, "I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel." 25 But she came and knelt before him, saying, "Lord, help me." 26 He answered, "It is not fair to take the children's food and throw it to the dogs." 27 She said, "Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their [b]masters' [/b] table." 28 Then Jesus answered her, "Woman, great is your faith! Let it be done for you as you wish." And her daughter was healed instantly.

The answer lies in His comment that he was only sent to the lost sheep of Israel. In the context of the WHOLE Bible this refers to the remnant that God is collecting from the earth for his new kingdom.

To be a sheep of Israel you must be a believer and follower of Jesus. God gave His Son as a gift and his kingdom is accessed through his Son. As the woman had faith and new who He was she was granted.. A lost sheep of Israel. You can see how faith and belief is important in this passage.