1 After he had finished all his sayings in the hearing of the people, he entered Capernaum.
Now a centurion had a servant who was sick and at the point of death, who was highly valued by him. 3 When the centurion heard about Jesus, he sent to him elders of the Jews, asking him to come and heal his servant.
And when they came to Jesus, they pleaded with him earnestly, saying, “He is worthy to have you do this for him, 5 for he loves our nation, and he is the one who built us our synagogue.”
And Jesus went with them.
When he was not far from the house, the centurion sent friends, saying to him, “Lord, do not trouble yourself, for I am not worthy to have you come under my roof. 7 Therefore I did not presume to come to you. But say the word, and let my servant be healed. 8 For I too am a man set under authority, with soldiers under me: 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.”
When Jesus heard these things, he marveled at him, and turning to the crowd that followed him, said, “I tell you, not even in Israel have I found such faith.” 10 And when those who had been sent returned to the house, they found the servant well.
Why the heck would you put in verse one?
Samuel was very attuned to God and so much so Samuel wrote down the Words of the Holy Spirit.
2 Samuel 22:31
"As for God, his way is perfect: The LORD's word is flawless; he shields all who take refuge in him."
1 Samuel 3:19
The LORD was with Samuel as he grew up, and he let none of Samuel's words fall to the ground.
So... why verse one.
Jesus was, when you read about the few words of His childhood, a public figure. Jesus grew in stature...
And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.
This is a very today issue, Words written down for the Millennium.
Jesus doesn't finish. That's the point.
Jesus is telling us... in grief, in sadness, in joy, in need - just a time to speak to Him. Jesus doesn't finish. He isn't too busy. Always doing the Work of His Father. Jesus has always had people wanting to speak with Him.
Jesus turns to speak to us. Today.
I will sing of steadfast love and justice;
to you, O Lord, I will make music.
2 I will ponder the way that is blameless.
Oh when will you come to me?
Cornelius ministered to... Jesus. Cornelius gave Jesus a gift. God says all we have is from Him. And Cornelius gave Jesus a gift, He valued. Faith and Trust. Jesus lived in Capernaum to be surrounded by the faithful. Jesus must have Really Liked this gift.
Cornelius and Jesus were doing God's work together. So many times Jesus asked for those asking for healing to contribute to what His Word alone could do.
6a I will look with favor on the faithful in the land,
that they may dwell with me
That Jesus did with the Centurion as part of his chosen hometown
6b he who walks in the way that is blameless
shall minister to me.
Cornelius completes the verse and did minister to Jesus.
Does this blend with the rest of the events? Absolutely, this is all about God's Word. When we seek to do God's will, Jesus for His Namesake makes us blameless, sin is covered. This forgiveness is His Gift to us. And as a Gift from God, not taken lightly.
Jesus answered, "It is written: 'Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'"
Father God, A gratitude journal is easy to keep, help us to text ourselves with Your blessings and work in our lives. Reminding us of our blessings, lest we become mired in self-pity and gloom.
Let Your works show us again of our friendship in being part of Your Beloved. And help us to give lessons to our children of Your glorious power.
Let Your favor, Lord Father God be upon us, establish the work of our hands for Your Glory; Amen! Yes, establish the work of our hands!
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