Study 24 From the Book of Matthew is: Matthew 15:21-39
- Verses 21-28. Why did our Lord treat the Canaanite woman in this way? Do you see the purpose behind it? Cf. Lk. 11:8; 18:1; 1 Peter 1:7. Contrast Mt. 8:23, 26; 15:28, 30, 31.
- In all the miracles in this passage Christ seems to be dealing with Gentiles. Note the phrase ‘the God of Israel’ in verse 31. This seems to be contrary to the principle of verse 24. What was our Lord thus beginning to reveal concerning the full purpose of His mission? Mt. 24:14; 28:19; Rom. 1:16 (the last nine words)
Note. Verse 37. The word for ‘basket’ here is spluris, the large Gentile basket, contrasted with the Jewish kophinos in 14:20. The same accuracy of distinction is found in 16:9, 10.