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Centurion's servant, lying paralyzed and tormented.

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Matthew 8:5-13 Luke 7:1-10
5And when Jesus had entered into Capernaum, a centurion came to him, beseeching Him, 6and saying, Lord, my son lies at home paralyzed and grievously tormented. 7And Jesus says to him, I will come and heal him. 8The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that You should come under my roof; but only speak the word, and my boy will be healed. 9For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me. And I say to this one, Go! And he goes; and to another, Come! And he comes; and to my servant, Do this! And he does it. 10When Jesus heard, He marvelled and said to those who followed, Truly I say to you, I have not found such great faith, no, not in Israel. 11And I say to you that many shall come from the east and the west, and shall sit down with Abraham and Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of Heaven. 12But the sons of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 13And Jesus said to the centurion, Go. And as you have believed, so let it be to you. And his boy was healed in that hour.
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1And when He had ended all His words in the ears of the people, He entered into Capernaum. 2And a certain servant of a centurion who was dear to him, was sick and ready to die. 3And when he heard of Jesus, he sent the elders of the Jews to Him, begging Him that He would come and heal his servant. 4And coming to Jesus, they begged Him earnestly, saying that he was worthy, he for whom You give this; 5for, they said, He loves our nation, and he has built us a synagogue. 6Then Jesus went with them. But He being yet not far off from the house, the centurion sent friends to Him, saying to Him, Lord, do not trouble Yourself. For I am not worthy that You should enter under my roof. 7Therefore neither did I think myself worthy to come to You; but say a word, and my servant will be healed. 8For I also am a man set under authority, having under me soldiers. And I say to one, Go, and he goes; and to another, Come, and he comes; and to my servant, Do this, and he does it. 9And hearing these things, Jesus marveled at him. And turning to the crowd following Him, He said, I say to you, I have not found such faith, no, not in Israel. 10And they who were sent, returning to the house, found the sick servant well.
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Insights
  • We need to make our request known to Jesus: The request was made known, either by the man himself or by the elders representing the owners cause.
  • The prideful elders: In Luke's account, the elders who were sent, said to Jesus that the centurion was deserving of this healing. (as if they had to somehow justify their request). God's gifts are free to the humble, the proud cannot buy them.
  • The centurion's humility: Even though the centurion said that: he was not worthy, he did not forfeit his healing request. The centurion gave honor to God, viewing himself unworthy but also knowing that God was capable of doing this and would do this for him.
  • The centurion had faith: In Matthew's account, Jesus said to him; Go. And as you have believed, so let it be to you.