The Centurion's Servant

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The Centurion's Servant


MATTHEW 8:5-11When Jesus entered Capernaum, a centurion approached Him and appealed to Him, saying, "Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, suffering dreadfully." He said to him, "I will come and cure him." The centurion said in reply, "Lord, I am not worthy to have You enter under my roof; only say the word and my servant will be healed. For I too am a person subject to authority, with soldiers subject to me. And I say to one, 'Go,' and he goes; and to another, 'Come here,' and he comes; and to my slave, 'Do this,' and he does it." When Jesus heard this, He was amazed and said to those following Him, "Amen, I say to you, in no one in Israel have I found such faith. I say to you, many will come from the east and the west, and will recline with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob at the banquet in the kingdom of heaven."Recline with AbrahamOf the patriarchs whose stories are found in Genesis, Abraham is the most important. The Jews in Jesus' time see him as the Father of the Jewish people, and the original source of blessings for the Jewish people. In many instances, God's compassion towards the Israelites is invoked on the basis of God's covenant with Abraham (Dt 9:27; 2 Kgs 13:23; Mi 7:18-20). It was Abraham's obedience to God (Gn 26:4-5) that is the basis for the blessing of his descendants.The great role of Abraham in the Jewish faith is also illustrated in non-canonical literature. …

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