Then Jesus went there, and departed into the coasts of Tyre and Sidon.…
This was the most cutting of all — telling her in plain terms that she had no more right to get what she asked, than the dogs have to get the children's bread; and also intimating very plainly that she was no better than a dog. Still she was not discouraged: even this did not put her off. If she had not possessed great faith, how would she have acted? Just as many at the present day do when they hear a plain sermon (as they call it); when they hear in plain words what the Bible says of human nature; they don't like that; they can't be so very bad as all that; they don't approve of what that preacher says at all, and so they go to some other place where they will hear more palatable language about the kindness of man — his good nature, generosity, noblemindedness, and so forth; but they who are of the truth will not listen to this, for they know it to be a lie, and the children of the truth can take no pleasure in a lie. People think it is very bad to hear themselves called " great sinners; " they think very strangely of a man if he tells them they are poor, wretched, miserable, blind, and naked; but, I suppose, if they heard the term " dog" applied to them as Christ applied it to this woman here, they would be up in arms at once, openly scout at so unwarrantable an affront, and take good care never to go near that preacher again. So did not this woman; she had faith — strong faith; she acknowledges the aptness of the illustration, and humbly accepts Christ's estimate of her as the right one.
Parallel VersesKJV: Then Jesus went thence, and departed into the coasts of Tyre and Sidon.