God’s love for the lost is evident in this passage. The Jews were Jesus’s priority. The time for us, the Gentiles, have not yet come. But this request from a Gentile woman, and how her faith in Jesus was evident, was something that He could not resist.
Jesus found the woman’s faith so strong to not grant her request. So even though it was not yet time to minister to the Gentiles, Jesus still granted her request.
As I read Matthew Henry’s commentary of this passage, I was struck at how the conversation went. The Gentile was able to show Jesus how abundant His miracles were and that it would be so much of a loss if He granted one such request. Mr. Henry saw that she was a good woman and mother. And such a mother will do anything to see respite for her beloved child, even to the point of breaking “protocol”.
Jesus was honored by that act. It also tells me that someone need not even make a public declaration of faith in Him as long as that person’s faith is demonstrated to Jesus for it is a personal relationship isn’t it?