Day 21 (Wed, Aug 27, 2014)

Jesus Heals a Centurion’s Servant

37 total verses: Luke 7:1-23; Matthew 8:5-13; 11:2-6

Brief description of action taking place or point being made

63. Jesus heals a Centurion’s servant in Matthew 8:5-13; Luke 7:1-10
64. Widow of Nain’s son is raised in Luke 7:11-17
65. John sends 2 disciples to question Jesus in Matthew 11:2-6; Luke 7:18-23

General questions

1. What is your favorite verse or set of verses? Why?
2. Did you learn anything from the reading or find anything particularly cool? What?
3. Was there anything unclear in the passage that you have questions about? What are they?

Specific questions on this passage

After Completing the Bible Reading

Broader outline of each section of passage

Matthew 8:5-13; Luke 7:1-10. This story has 2 different versions. In Matthew, the centurion talks to Jesus himself. In Luke, the centurion sends people to speak on his behalf: first, Jewish elders; then, other friends. In both cases, the people speak on behalf of the centurion. The things said are very similar in both stories. Perhaps the way to reconcile the difference is that since the people sent are speaking on behalf the centurion, it was perhaps true that the centurion was speaking.

Now for the story: the centurion asks Jesus to come and heal his servant. But before he arrives, the centurion tells Jesus that he isn’t worthy to have Jesus come to his home, but that he does understand authority, and if Jesus gives the command, he knows his servant will be healed. And Jesus praises the faith of the centurion to his disciples, saying that he had not witnessed that much faith in all of Israel.

Luke 7:11-17. Jesus went to a town called Nain, and when he arrived, there was a funeral procession. It was for a young man who was the only son of a widow. Jesus felt compassionate for her, and he brought her son back to life, to the surprise and joy of all there.

Matthew 11:2-6; Luke 7:18-23. While John the Baptist was in prison, he perhaps was beginning to doubt whether Jesus really was the Messiah. So he sent some of his followers to Jesus to ask. Instead of giving a direct answer, Jesus told them to tell John that the blind see, the lame walk, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the poor have the Good News preached.

My favorite passage and other random thoughts

I like Matthew 8:8-9 “‘Lord, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof, but only say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I too am a man under authority'” (ESV). I chose this for its simple humility and for its deep insight to the nature of spiritual authority.

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