Then came she and worshipped him, saying, Lord, help me. But he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children's bread, and to cast it to dogs. - Matthew 15:25-26.
The Canaanite woman met Jesus Christ during his earthly ministry while he was in the coast of Tyre and Sidon and begged him to heal her daughter who was grieviously vexed with a devil. But instead of answering the woman's request directly, Jesus Christ told her that he was not sent but to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. Seeing that she was not deterred by that, he told her: “It is not meet to take the children's bread, and to cast it to dogs”. (Matthew 15:26). She, in a classic show of humility, replied: “… Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters' table.” (Matthew 15:27). It was then our Lord Jesus Christ replied: “…O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour.” (Matthew 15:28). One could see from the text that, though Christ was sent primarily to minister to the natural Jews, yet he did not fail to attend to non-Jews who had faith in him as he did to the Canaanite woman. The passage also, highlights the importance of humility, proper use of the tongue and patience in making request from God and in relating with our fellow men. The Bible says: “By humility and the fear of the LORD are riches, and honour, and life.” Proverbs 22:4. “By long forbearing is a prince persuaded, and a soft tongue breaketh the bone.” (Proverbs 25:15).