Have you heard somebody quote Matthew 15:24 which says “But he answered and said ‘I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel’” and then basically turn around and say this: Jesus was only sent to save the Jews, the house of Israel. I’m going to show you next how this is actually not true. You may hear this from Muslims as well and the reason the Muslims will say this because they don’t want Jesus to be the last significant prophet or person sent to basically gather people back to God so that they can smuggle in their prophet and actually make it seem like there was another prophet that was actually to come after.
We’re going to read the gospel account according to Mark. Mark’s gospel account documents a very key line which I think is very significant in regards to shattering and dismantling this false claim by these two particular groups. When you go through Mark’s gospel account, you can see that it’s the same event, it’s the same woman who is coming to Jesus asking for healing for her daughter in regards to casting out a devil. The important thing in regards to Mark’s Gospel Account is he says something really significant. The scripture talks about from Mark’s view that she was a Greek she was a gentile. She was not a Jew, she was not a half-Jew or some Jew who had basically been cast out, she was categorized clearly as a gentile. This will be significant as we pick it up later on. Mark does not document the line that Matthew documented about Jesus saying he’s sent to the house of Israel but Mark adds in something really interesting in his gospel account, which is really significant. What does he say? When the woman is requesting healing for her daughter, in Matthew’s gospel account, Matthew wrote and attested to Jesus saying “Do not give the bread to the dogs.” But Mark gives us additional context. Jesus said unto her “Let the children first be filled for it is not meet to take the children’s bread and to cast onto the dogs.” If Jesus is saying “let the children first be filled”, that means after the children are filled, who would be filled next? If the children are filled, the gentiles (she was a Greek) can then be filled. That means that Jesus not only came for the Jews for salvation but also for the gentiles for salvation. In the context of what Jesus is saying, the filling of food here is Jesus’ message. This is a Greek woman coming to Jesus saying I need some bread. Jesus doesn’t say “No, you can’t have the bread”. He says “Let the children, the Israelites first have the bread and then there will be bread made available for the gentiles. This alone shatters the claim by the Hebrew Israelites and also by the Muslims. Because when you read multiple accounts to get the full context.