21 From there, Jesus went to the regions of Tyre and Sidon. 22 A Canaanite woman from those territories came out and shouted, “Show me mercy, Son of David. My daughter is suffering terribly from demon possession.” 23 But he didn’t respond to her at all. His disciples came and urged him, “Send her away; she keeps shouting out after us.” 24 Jesus replied, “I’ve been sent only to the lost sheep, the people of Israel.” 25 But she knelt before him and said, “Lord, help me.” 26 He replied, “It is not good to take the children’s bread and toss it to dogs.” 27 She said, “Yes, Lord. But even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall off their masters’ table.” 28 Jesus answered, “Woman, you have great faith. It will be just as you wish.” And right then her daughter was healed. 29 Jesus moved on from there along the shore of the Galilee Sea. He went up a mountain and sat down. 30 Large crowds came to him, including those who were paralyzed, blind, injured, and unable to speak, and many others. They laid them at his feet, and he healed them. 31 So the crowd was amazed when they saw those who had been unable to speak talking, and the paralyzed cured, and the injured walking, and the blind seeing. And they praised the God of Israel. (Matthew 15:21-31, CEB)
Jesus just called the Canaanite Woman a dog…
Now Israelites didn’t like Canaanites. This was not a term of endearment.
But the disciples were probably thinking it, and the people of that time wouldn’t have thought anything of it, but aren’t we supposed to love everyone? So calling someone a dog is not really loving them.
There are things in the Bible that don’t make sense. So what do we do with them?
This one I usually say Jesus here shows us humanity, where he messed up, and then the woman makes a comment and he says, you’re right, you are a part of the kingdom.
We all mess up. How do we handle the saying we made a mistake.
Fess up and own it in a loving manner.
Love People. Love God.