Friday, June 14, 2013
“When Jesus heard it, he marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel” (Matthew 8:10 KJV).
Let us scrutinize the context in order to see some marvelous Bible truths associated with today’s Scripture, especially why Jesus said what He did.
After the centurion sent Jewish elders, and then friends, to Jesus, Jesus comes even closer to his house, and he and Jesus finally meet face-to-face. “And Jesus said unto the centurion, Go thy way; and as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee; and his servant was healed in the selfsame hour” (Matthew 8:13). “And they that were sent, returning to the house, found the servant whole that had been sick” (Luke 7:10). Jesus healed the servant using words, having never touched him!
Now, let us return to what our Lord Jesus said in today’s Scripture: “When Jesus heard it, he marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.” Read Luke 7:9, its companion verse: “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.”
Christ said “I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel” for the benefit of the Jews following Him. He continues, “And I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven. But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth” (Matthew 8:11,12).
Our Lord is reminding Israel that, in her earthly kingdom, there will be believing Gentiles—such as this Roman centurion—fellowshipping with resurrected, physical, literal, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, while there will be unbelieving Jews (who were supposed to be God’s people) suffering in hellfire. Jesus Christ was warning Israel that they needed to have faith in who He was, just like the Roman centurion.