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Why did Jesus say to the Canaanite woman "I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel" in Matthew 15:24?

Jesus himself taught an explanation of this in the parable about the wedding feast as found a few chapters later in Matthew: Matthew 22:1-14 And Jesus answering, spoke again in parables to ...
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Why does it appear that God punishes Syria in Amos 1 for attacking Israel, even though he previously caused them to attack Israel?

The puzzle is answered by the similar case of Assyria, which is explained in Isaiah ch10. On the one hand, Assyria was the instrument of God's punitive judgment on his own people Israel; "Ah, ...
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In Romans 11:25 what is "the fullness of the Gentiles"?

The Idea in Brief The "Fulness (sic) of the Gentiles" is the time when Gentile dominion on the earth ends, and the visible theocratic kingdom on earth once again begins. When the theocratic kingdom ...
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Did Jesus recover the lost tribes of Israel?

This question is great and requires a thoughtful response. I would like to draw your attention to Paul's writings concerning this: What if He did this to make the riches of His glory known to the ...
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Why is the tribe of Simeon missing from Deuteronomy 33:1-29?

Moses died circa 1406 B.C. In order to understand why Simeon is not mentioned in Deuteronomy, we must go back in time to when Jacob, the father of the twelve sons who were the progenitors of the ...
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Could Abimelech be regarded as the first king of Israel?

It is only the men of Shechem and the house of Millo which the text mentions. It is not even a complete tribe. So, therefore, significant though the use of the word 'king' is, the last words in Judges ...
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In Romans 11:26, how is “all” understood by those who believe Israel refers to physical Israel?

Disclaimer I believe that all of physical bloodline Israel will be saved. I however do not agree with the OP’s interpretation that all of Israel means every Israelite. While all of Israel can be ...
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What does “in part” mean in Romans 11:25

The discussion in this chapter and the previous two chapters is about the fact that most of the Jews had not chosen to follow Christ. He has been arguing to establish the point that they cannot blame ...
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What is the etymology of “Israel”

No. Neither Isis nor Ra (two gods of Egypt) is involved in the etymology of the word "Israel." At the time in question in the narrative, Jacob had never been to Egypt; and the word-play is ...
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Why does Judges 18:1 say that Dan had no inheritance?

I believe you are missing the fact that chapters 17 through 21 of the book of Judges are out of chronological sequence. According to the time line provided at BibleHub, the incident recorded in Judges ...
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Why did the Israelites lose the battles to the Benjamites after receiving the green light from God?

After reading commentaries for Judges 20:21, most notably Benson's commentary, I came to this theory: The children of Israel assumed that God wanted them to go up and fight against their brothers the ...
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In Ezekiel 23 what acts of prostitution did Israel commit while she was a youth in Egypt?

The 'prostitution' referenced by Ezekiel is in most senses a reference to idolatry: "They committed adultery with their idols; they even sacrificed their children, whom they bore to me, as food ...
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Understanding 1 Chr. 17:21 (2 Sam. 7:23) & Ams. 9:7, "What other nation have you redeemed?"

A literal translation of those three verses is interesting. Young's Literal Translation does not use the word 'redeemed' in 1 Chron. 17:21; he says 'ransomed'. However, in 2 Sam. 7:23 he uses the ...
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In Isaiah 49 is the servant the messiah or is he Israel?

Looking at this passage from a Christian perspective, "Israel" seems to be another name for the Messiah. Don't forget that "Israel" was originally the name of a single person, Jacob the grandson of ...
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Why is the tribe of Simeon missing from Deuteronomy 33:1-29?

Why is the tribe of Simeon missing from Deuteronomy 33:1-29? Moses did not mention Simeon by name in his farewell blessing of Israel. This is not to say the tribe was not blessed, for it was included ...
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Did the second census in Numbers 26:29,44 include women?

The account of the numbering begins with God's instructions to Moses and to Eleazar, Aaron's son: Take the sum of all the congregation of the children of Israel, from twenty years old and upward, ...
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What is meant by Jeremiah 31:2

Ahh!! This is a difficult and tricky phrase which has flummoxed many exegetes. There is no agreement among any group of interpreters about what this means. For example, does Jer 31:22d mean - The ...
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Who says the 144,000 in Revelation 14:4 are virgins the way we understand the word?

Chastity "Not defiled with women" is a reference to chastity, as the very next word (in Greek) indicates. The men spoken of have not been defiled with women, and they are παρθένοι. Thayer's ...
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What is the etymology of “Israel”

The name יִשְׂרָאֵל (Yisrael) has a simple origin that is twice explicitly stated in the OT as: Gen 32:28 - Then the man said, “Your name will no longer be Jacob, but Israel, because you have ...
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Why did Jesus say to the Canaanite woman "I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel" in Matthew 15:24?

This is a very good question, Darlene! One which many should be asking, rather than avoiding. Many of the answers above or typical "Christian" responses; however, they are not completely ...
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Luke 7:9 -Was Jesus, when speaking of "Israel" referring to a people group simply connected by faith or was He referring to a nation called Israel?

I think Jesus' use of "Israel" here and elsewhere ignores Rome's geopolitical impositions and points directly to the nation itself. The people, all of Abraham's natural descendants, are often referred ...
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Why did Jesus say to the Canaanite woman "I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel" in Matthew 15:24?

Jesus was a master teacher. He regularly used situations to teach more than just the obvious person. Jesus used the ability to discern what was in people's hearts (Matthew 22:18, Mark 2:8, etc.), so ...
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Was 20 (Numbers 32:11, Deuteronomy 1:39) the age from which God would consider an Israelite accountable for his sins?

The age of adulthood and consent are clear in the Bible. It is the age of 20. The age of consent in the Bible is 20. Israel did not follow what the rest of the world did, but followed what God told ...
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In Romans 11:25 what is "the fullness of the Gentiles"?

The word used by Paul πληρωμα, pleroma (Strong 4138) is also used by Mark in Mark 2:21 : the new piece that filled it up There is certainly the idea of a numerical filling up or plenitude inherent ...
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In Romans 11:25 what is "the fullness of the Gentiles"?

Two contextual things are of great importance here: 1. the pleroma/fullness of Israel (which is associated with "life from the dead" - i.e. "what will their fullness bring?"), this ...
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