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In Matthew 15:24 Our Lord tells a Gentile woman who is in need that He was sent for the "lost sheep of the house Israel". But in an earlier incident chapter 8 there is no hesitation on His part to help a centurion who is also a Gentile. Why is that?

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Understanding a biblical passage requires examining the context within the book and all scripture.
For your inquiry, one should also study Mark 7:24-30 and Mt 28:16-20.
Multiple OT texts refer to the coming "Messiah," which Jesus applied to Himself.  In His early preaching, Jesus emphasized his fulfilling the role of bringing salvation to the Hosen People, the  Israelites,among whom He lived and where the vast majority of the people and the most likey l heed His message.
However, he did help Gentiles in Palestine.  Matthew calls ONLY "great" the faith of the woman and Jesus grants her request.  The divine Savior would have known what the woman was about to say and profess.
He also intended His teaching for all mankind (Mt 28:16-20).
I hope these thoughts are of some help.  If you desire more, please feel free to write again.
May God bless your efforts and understanding of the divine message.

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A scholar of Jewish and Christian scripture (biblical studies), I hold graduate degrees from three universities in Rome [Italy]: Pontifical Gregorian University, Pontifical Biblical Institute, and the University of St. Thomas. I also have a master's degree in English. My special interests are the gospels of the New Testament and the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

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I have taught at three universities and two colleges. My published works include one book, several articles in scholarly journals, and numerous book reviews.

I hold a doctorate in sacred theology from the University of St. Thomas in Rome, Italy; a license in sacred scripture from the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome; a license in sacred theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome.Additionally, I earned a master's degree in English from the University of Missouri in Columbia, Mo., and a bachelor of journalism from the same university.

I have been a member of the Catholic Biblical Association of America for 40 years. I am a former member of Society of Biblical Literature.I have spoken on academic topics to local, national, and international groups.

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I hold graduate degrees from three universities in Rome [Italy]: Pontifical Gregorian University, Pontifical Biblical Institute, and the University of St. Thomas. I also have a master's degree in English.

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