Did Jesus really call a woman a dog?!

Why Jesus called a woman a dog in Matthew 15
In Matthew 15:21-28, a woman asks Jesus to heal her daughter and He says, “It isn’t right to take food from the children and throw it to the dogs.”(1)

This sounds a bit harsh until we remember:

1. God’s is 100% loving.
Nothing He does is unjust or unkind (1 John 4:8).

2. God is omniscient.
Jesus knew everything about this woman (Hebrews 4:13). He chose His words to test her faith, and she proved her perseverance (James 1:3).

3. Timing is part of God's purposes.
Christ's priority was preparing the Jews so they could take the Gospel to the Gentiles (Matthew 15:24; Galatians 3:8).(2)

4. Jesus rewards faith wherever it's found.
Despite His first priority to the Jews, on more than one occasion He rewarded the faith of Gentiles, and He healed this woman’s daughter!
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(1) The word Christ used can be translated "little dog" or "house pet," so it wasn't a cruel term, but that alone doesn't explain this passage. Jesus still compared her to a dog and the Jews to children. Testing sometimes requires this confusing and mysterious element. See "I Didn't Know I Had it in Me."
(2) In His Great Commission Christ launched God's mission to the whole world - Matthew 28:18-20.
Why Jesus called a woman a dog in Matthew 15

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