Luke 7:1-10 Faith of a Gentile

Now when he had ended all his sayings in the audience of the people, he entered into Capernaum. 2 And a certain centurion’s servant, who was dear unto him, was sick, and ready to die. 3 And when he heard of Jesus, he sent unto him the elders of the Jews, beseeching him that he would come and heal his servant. 4 And when they came to Jesus, they besought him instantly, saying, That he was worthy for whom he should do this: 5 For he loveth our nation, and he hath built us a synagogue. 6 Then Jesus went with them. And when he was now not far from the house, the centurion sent friends to him, saying unto him, Lord, trouble not thyself: for I am not worthy that thou shouldest enter under my roof: 7 Wherefore neither thought I myself worthy to come unto thee: but say in a word, and my servant shall be healed. 8 For I also am a man set under authority, having under me soldiers, and I say unto one, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it. 9 When Jesus heard these things, he marvelled at him, and turned him about, and said unto the people that followed him, I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel. 10 And they that were sent, returning to the house, found the servant whole that had been sick.

Jesus appears to be impressed in the faith of the centurion which I think makes a few interesting points.

  1. The centurion expressed his belief in the authority of Jesus by comment. When he expressed that the he was able to order people to do things and then they did them. He was showing that he believed that Jesus had the authority to order the illness to leave his servant. This faith and recognition coming from a Roman leader was not the normal practice of the people at the time.
  2. Jesus expresses the fact that he has not found such faith in all of Israel. The people that God has chosen to be His people didn’t have the level of faith that a Roman leader had.
  3. Many of the Jewish people believed that had to see and/or touch Jesus before he could heal them. A centurion had faith that all Jesus had to do was will the healing. In fact, the centurion felt that he was unworthy of Jesus coming to his home, but he knew that Jesus’ presence was not a requirement of the healing.

The lesson that I take away from this story is that faith is key to increasing our personal relationship with God. We must believe in God’s will, grace, mercy, and love that He has for His creation.

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Respect for Each Other

For those of you that read my blog and the numerous comments that were being posted, I believe the the debate is over. The whole situation arose because of someone wanting to be disrespectful and became somewhat obsessed with wanting to convert my belief to theirs. I assure you that my faith in God, Jesus, and those chosen vessels to spread their message has not wavered. 

My reason for this post is this: we need to respect one another when it comes to blogging. If you don’t agree with what someone else posts, then don’t read their blog. Seems like the most logical solution to me. Even if you have a different opinion, a single comment would be ok, but to question someone’s beliefs and act like they must agree with you is just wrong. 

As Christians, our goal should be to help others hear the good news proclaimed in the Bible. Not to try and dictate what if accurate in the Bible. 

My Apologies

I apologize to anyone who has been reading the comments over the last couple of days. For whatever reason, someone has decided it is their personal mission to prove that Paul was a false apostle. I believe that Paul was called by Jesus to be his messenger to the Gentiles, which as you are aware is anyone that isn’t a Jew. Each person must study and decide for themselves at to what they choose to believe. God knows that I try to share what I believe to be truth and would never intentionally mislead anyone.

With that said, my apology is my personal behavior when addressing the comments that were sent to me. I let the flesh take over and actually conducted myself in an unChristian manner. I am truly sorry for doing this. I allowed sarcastic comments to get under my skin and should have conducted myself in a more proper manner. Please pray that God guides me to do and say things that are in line with His will and not my own.

The one thing that I won’t apologize for is standing by my beliefs. I believe that Jesus picked Paul for a reason. I think Paul was just as flawed as anyone, but I also believe that his letter were inspired by God through the Holy Spirit. God bless you all.