“But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”
King James Version (KJV)
15:24 I am not sent - Not primarily; not yet.
Mt 15:24 I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel. The Lord's "personal" mission was to the Jews. Under the first commission his apostles were directed to go only to the Jews (Mt 10:6). It would be impossible to evangelize the Gentiles without setting aside the Jewish customs, the law of Moses, and arousing the bitterest prejudice of the Jews. Hence it was the divine plan that the Son should "keep the law blameless" during his ministry. It was only when the Jews crucified him that "the handwriting of ordinances was nailed to the cross" (Col 2:14), the "wall of partition" (Eph 2:14) between Jews and Gentiles broken down, and all prepared for the Great Commission which bade his disciples "go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature" (Mr 16:15).