Other Accounts of What You Read in Matthew 15
Understanding the Scriptures
|Whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me (v. 5)||Whatever I might have given to you|
|Hypocrites (v. 7)||People who do not have righteous desires but want others to think they are righteous|
|Nigh (v. 8)||Near|
|Vain (v. 9)||For no worthwhile purpose|
|Doctrines (v. 9)||Spiritual truths|
|Defileth (vv. 11, 18, 20)||To make sinful or unclean|
|Draught (v. 17)||Sewer, a place to dispose of waste|
|Grievously vexed (v. 22)||Very troubled|
|Besought (v. 23)||Begged|
|Maimed (vv. 30–31)||Having a handicap that disables the arms or legs|
Matthew 15:22–28—Why Did Jesus Refer to a Canaanite Woman As a Dog?
The Greek word that was translated here as “dogs” might better be translated as “little dogs,” referring to household dogs, or pets beloved of their owners. At the time of His ministry, Jesus had come to focus on the children of the household—the Israelites—and thus compared the Gentile woman to a pet in the household. Exercising her faith in the Lord, the woman built on Jesus’ symbolic reference when she said it would only be right that the household pet “eat of the crumbs” that fall from the meal given to the children of the house.
Studying the Scriptures
Do activity A as you study Matthew 15.
Explain Key Words and Phrases
Briefly explain what each of the following words or phrases had to do with the events in Matthew 15: