Faith

 

Introduction Matt. 8:5-10

 

Have you ever wondered how to find favor with God? We pray and fast come to services and read our Bibles. All to fall short in the faith category. We can sacrifice and recite the Bible but fall short another time. Just when we think we have it figured out, we try again and guess what FALIURE.

 

 

1.      The Centurion    (Matt. 8:5-10)

        Here is a man that is a gentile and conqueror of the children of Israel, a commander and captain.

        Comes before God in humility, understands the higher power, I am not worthy he tells Jesus.

        What Jesus sees is a soldier that pleads not for himself but another needs or the cause Godís kingdom.

  i.      The centurion loved his servant and this brought him to Jesus Christ, seeks reinforcements.

ii.      Understand that faith is many things combined not one sure thing, he was trained to trust in battle.

iii.      We can see that the Centurion loved God, recognized his power and understood his time.

iv.      He sought after Jesus and found him it was out of his hands. (Matt. 7:7-11)

v.      This man understood the needs of other were more important than his needs. (Eph. 5:1-2)

vi.      Begs for his servant or slave and was not ashamed.

        Imagine he broke his religious upbringing of the Caesarís being gods and sought his enemies belief.

His faith broke Roman laws and singled him as a target of Rome. (Mt 10:32-39)

We must come to God willing to risk all

        His words are Lord, Jesus Christ Lord and Savior heal my beloved servant, Burdened by his friends sickness.

 

2.      I Will Come and Heal Him 

        Jesus sees this and speaks I will come and heal him our Captain. (Heb 2:9-12)

Christ is always willing to visit those who need a miracle. (Luke 12:27-31)

  i.      He touches those that are in helpless state, the servant was not present.

ii.      Godís grace is much bigger than we give him credit for. (Mt 10:7-8)

iii.      Jesus was not told the sickness nor did he care because nothing is too big for God.

1.      There is no shortcoming in Godís realm of healing, all things are possible.

2.      The Centurion was expecting a miracle that day, which is why he sought God.

 

 

3.      Great Faith

        Why did Jesus Marvell at the Centurions faith?

  i.      Compassion - many things to start it was his request for someone less fortunate that him, a slave.

        Most of us come to God for personal need, but laying down of oneís life is Christ like.

   i.      When was the last time you were so burden for others that you humbled yourself before God?

 ii.      The Centurion showed Great faith in this action putting himself behind another needs.

        The Centurion just asked Jesus to command a healing, great faith, a leader understanding commands.

        God seeks leaders that are willing to engage the Devil for Godís promises, it takes great faith.

  i.      Jesus takes note of a man that trusts his word and relies on it for all their needs.

          (HEB. 11:1-10)

 

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Matt 8:5-10

5          And when Jesus was entered into Capernaum, there came unto him a centurion, beseeching him,

6          And saying, Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy, grievously tormented.

7          And Jesus saith unto him, I will come and heal him.

8          The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed.

9          For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this man, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it.

10        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.

 

 

Matt 7:7-11

7          Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:

8          For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

9          Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone?

10        Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent?

11        If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?

 

Ephesians 5:1-2

        1 Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children;

        2 And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and asacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.

 

 

Matthew 10:32-39

 

Hebrews 2:9-12

9 But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.

10 For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.

11 For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren,

12 Saying, I will declare thy name unto my brethren, in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee.

 

 

Matthew 10:7-8

7 And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand.

8 Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.

 

 

Luke 12:27-31

 

Heb 11:1-10

1          Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

2          For by it the elders obtained a good report.

3          Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.

4          By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh.

5          By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.

6          But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

7          By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.

8          By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.

9          By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise:

10        For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.

(KJV)

 

 

Matthew 8:5-13

And when Jesus was entered into Capernaum, there came unto him a centurion, beseeching him,

Healing of a centurion's servant. Centurion. Luke indicates that he made his appeal to Jesus through Jewish elders and other friends

(Luke 7:1-10)  Centurions are uniformly pictured in the NT as men of good character

        Luke 7:1-7

        7:1 Now when he had ended all his sayings in the audience of the people, he entered into Capernaum.

        2 And a certain centurion's servant, who was dear unto him, was sick, and ready to die.

        3 And when he heard of Jesus, he sent unto him the elders of the Jews, beseeching him that he would come and heal his servant.

        4 And when they came to Jesus, they besought him instantly, saying, That he was worthy for whom he should do this:

        5 For he loveth our nation, and he hath built us a synagogue.

        6 Then Jesus went with them. And when he was now not far from the house, the centurion sent friends to him, saying unto him, Lord, trouble not thyself: for I am not worthy that thou shouldest enter under my roof:

        7 Wherefore neither thought I myself worthy to come unto thee: but say in a word, and my servant shall be healed

        KJV

4.      (Matthew 27:54; Acts 10:22; 27:3,43; et al.). This man was probably a Gentile commander in the forces of Herod Antipas, who kept foreign troops (Jos Antiq. xvii. 8,3).

        Matthew 27:54

        54 Now when the centurion, and they that were with him, watching Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, Truly this was the Son of God.

        Acts 10:22

        22 And they said, Cornelius the centurion, a just man, and one that feareth God, and of good report among all the nation of the Jews, was warned from God by an holy angel to send for thee into his house, and to hear words of thee.

        Acts 27:1-44

        27:1 And when it was determined that we should sail into Italy, they delivered Paul and certain other prisoners unto one named Julius, a centurion of Augustus' band.

        2 And entering into a ship of Adramyttium, we launched, meaning to sail by the coasts of Asia; one Aristarchus, a Macedonian of Thessalonica, being with us.

        3 And the next day we touched at Sidon. And Julius courteously entreated Paul, and gave him liberty to go unto his friends to refresh himself.

        4 And when we had launched from thence, we sailed under Cyprus, because the winds were contrary.

        5 And when we had sailed over the sea of Cilicia and Pamphylia, we came to Myra, a city of Lycia.

        6 And there the centurion found a ship of Alexandria sailing into Italy; and he put us therein.

        7 And when we had sailed slowly many days, and scarce were come over against Cnidus, the wind not suffering us, we sailed under Crete, over against Salmone;

        8 And, hardly passing it, came unto a place which is called The fair havens; nigh whereunto was the city of Lasea.

        9 Now when much time was spent, and when sailing was now dangerous, because the fast was now already past, Paul admonished them,

        10 And said unto them, Sirs, I perceive that this voyage will be with hurt and much damage, not only of the lading and ship, but also of our lives.

        11 Nevertheless the centurion believed the master and the owner of the ship, more than those things which were spoken by Paul.

        12 And because the haven was not commodious to winter in, the more part advised to depart thence also, if by any means they might attain to Phenice, and there to winter; which is an haven of Crete, and lieth toward the south west and north west.

        13 And when the south wind blew softly, supposing that they had obtained their purpose, loosing thence, they sailed close by Crete.

        14 But not long after there arose against it a tempestuous wind, called Euroclydon.

        15 And when the ship was caught, and could not bear up into the wind, we let her drive.

        16 And running under a certain island which is called Clauda, we had much work to come by the boat:

        17 Which when they had taken up, they used helps, undergirding the ship; and, fearing lest they should fall into the quicksands, strake sail, and so were driven.

        18 And we being exceedingly tossed with a tempest, the next day they lightened the ship;

        19 And the third day we cast out with our own hands the tackling of the ship.

        20 And when neither sun nor stars in many days appeared, and no small tempest lay on us, all hope that we should be saved was then taken away.

        21 But after long abstinence Paul stood forth in the midst of them, and said, Sirs, ye should have hearkened unto me, and not have loosed from Crete, and to have gained this harm and loss.

        22 And now I exhort you to be of good cheer: for there shall be no loss of any man's life among you, but of the ship.

        23 For there stood by me this night the angel of God, whose I am, and whom I serve,

        24 Saying, Fear not, Paul; thou must be brought before Caesar: and, lo, God hath given thee all them that sail with thee.

        25 Wherefore, sirs, be of good cheer: for I believe God, that it shall be even as it was told me.

        26 Howbeit we must be cast upon a certain island.

        27 But when the fourteenth night was come, as we were driven up and down in Adria, about midnight the shipmen deemed that they drew near to some country;

        28 And sounded, and found it twenty fathoms: and when they had gone a little further, they sounded again, and found it fifteen fathoms.

        29 Then fearing lest we should have fallen upon rocks, they cast four anchors out of the stern, and wished for the day.

        30 And as the shipmen were about to flee out of the ship, when they had let down the boat into the sea, under colour as though they would have cast anchors out of the foreship,

        31 Paul said to the centurion and to the soldiers, Except these abide in the ship, ye cannot be saved.

        32 Then the soldiers cut off the ropes of the boat, and let her fall off.

        33 And while the day was coming on, Paul besought them all to take meat, saying, This day is the fourteenth day that ye have tarried and continued fasting, having taken nothing.

        34 Wherefore I pray you to take some meat: for this is for your health: for there shall not an hair fall from the head of any of you.

        35 And when he had thus spoken, he took bread, and gave thanks to God in presence of them all: and when he had broken it, he began to eat.

        36 Then were they all of good cheer, and they also took some meat.

        37 And we were in all in the ship two hundred threescore and sixteen souls.

        38 And when they had eaten enough, they lightened the ship, and cast out the wheat into the sea.

        39 And when it was day, they knew not the land: but they discovered a certain creek with a shore, into the which they were minded, if it were possible, to thrust in the ship.

        40 And when they had taken up the anchors, they committed themselves unto the sea, and loosed the rudder bands, and hoised up the mainsail to the wind, and made toward shore.

        41 And falling into a place where two seas met, they ran the ship aground; and the forepart stuck fast, and remained unmoveable, but the hinder part was broken with the violence of the waves.

        42 And the soldiers' counsel was to kill the prisoners, lest any of them should swim out, and escape.

        43 But the centurion, willing to save Paul, kept them from their purpose; and commanded that they which could swim should cast themselves first into the sea, and get to land:

        44 And the rest, some on boards, and some on broken pieces of the ship. And so it came to pass, that they escaped all safe to land.

5.      Sick of the palsy. The Greek paralytikos  denoted paralysis caused by a variety of diseases affecting muscles and organs of the body.

6.      I am not worthy. This Gentile, perhaps not even a proselyte

7.      (though he had built a Jewish synagogue, Luke 7:5) though it presumptuous to ask Jesus to come to his house. I am a man under authority. The meaning is:

        If this minor officer could issue orders to his subordinates, how much more could Christ, who possesses all authority, give a command that His will be done. He marvelled. An indication that the omniscience of Christ's divine nature did not prevent normal human responses.

8.      In spite of Israel's wealth of revelation, it was a Gentile whose faith in Christ's authority glowed most brightly. Thus Jesus announces that his Messianic kingdom shall be enjoyed by many who are not Jews. Shall sit down with Abraham.

9.      The figure of a banquet is often used of the Kingdom (Isaiah 25:6; Luke 14:15-24). The sons (or children) of the kingdom. Jews, who were the recipients of the prophecies and thus the original heirs, are here told that without true faith mere race is not sufficient qualification for Christ's kingdom. Outer darkness.

        Isaiah 25:6

        6 And in this mountain shall the LORD of hosts make unto all people a feast of fat things, a feast of wines on the lees, of fat things full of marrow, of wines on the lees well refined.

        KJV

 

 

        Luke 14:15-24

        15 And when one of them that sat at meat with him heard these things, he said unto him, Blessed is he that shall eat bread in the kingdom of God.

        16 Then said he unto him, A certain man made a great supper, and bade many:

        17 And sent his servant at supper time to say to them that were bidden, Come; for all things are now ready.

        18 And they all with one consent began to make excuse. The first said unto him, I have bought a piece of ground, and I must needs go and see it: I pray thee have me excused.

        19 And another said, I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to prove them: I pray thee have me excused.

        20 And another said, I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.

        21 So that servant came, and shewed his lord these things. Then the master of the house being angry said to his servant, Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in hither the poor, and the maimed, and the halt, and the blind.

        22 And the servant said, Lord, it is done as thou hast commanded, and yet there is room.

        23 And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.

        24 For I say unto you, That none of those men which were bidden shall taste of my supper.

        KJV

10.  The darkness outside the lighted banquet hall (cf. Matthew 22:13).

        Matthew 22:13-14

         

        13 Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

         

        14 For many are called, but few are chosen.

        KJV

11.  As thou hast believed. The man believed Jesus could heal at a distance, and so He did

12.  (from The Wycliffe Bible Commentary, Electronic Database. Copyright (c) 1962 by Moody Press)

 

PALSY

 

Paralysis affecting part of the body. The "grievously tormented" (Matthew 8:6) refers to the convulsions, foamings, and heavy breathings of the sufferer, giving the appearance of torment, whether himself conscious of pain or not.

(from Fausset's Bible Dictionary, Electronic Database Copyright (c)1998 by Biblesoft)

 

PALSY

Paralysis affecting part of the body. The "grievously tormented" (Matthew 8:6) refers to the convulsions, foamings, and heavy breathings of the sufferer, giving the appearance of torment, whether himself conscious of pain or not.

(from Fausset's Bible Dictionary, Electronic Database Copyright (c)1998 by Biblesoft)

 

 

Matthew 4:24                         Jesus Heals

24 News about him spread all over Syria, and people brought to him all who were ill with various diseases, those suffering severe pain, the demon-possessed, those having seizures, and the paralyzed, and he healed them.

Matthew 8:6

6 "Lord," he said, "my servant lies at home paralyzed and in terrible suffering."

(from New International Version)

Matthew 8:13

13 Then Jesus said to the centurion, "Go! It will be done just as you believed it would." And his servant was healed at that very hour.

Matthew 9:2

2 Some men brought to him a paralytic, lying on a mat. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, "Take heart, son; your sins are forgiven."

Matthew 9:6

6 But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins. . . ." Then he said to the paralytic, "Get up, take your mat and go home." (from New International Version)

Matthew 4:24

24 News about him spread all over Syria, and people brought to him all who were ill with various diseases, those suffering severe pain, the demon-possessed, those having seizures, and the paralyzed, and he healed them.

Matthew 8:6

6 "Lord," he said, "my servant lies at home paralyzed and in terrible suffering."

(from New International Version)

Matthew 8:13

13 Then Jesus said to the centurion, "Go! It will be done just as you believed it would." And his servant was healed at that very hour.

Matthew 9:2

2 Some men brought to him a paralytic, lying on a mat. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, "Take heart, son; your sins are forgiven."

Matthew 9:6

6 But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins. . . ." Then he said to the paralytic, "Get up, take your mat and go home." (from New International Version)

 

 

Acts 8:7                          Philip heals

7 With shrieks, evil spirits came out of many, and many paralytics and cripples were healed. (from New International Version)

Acts 9:33-34                   Peter heals

33 There he found a man named Aeneas, a paralytic who had been bedridden for eight years. 34 "Aeneas," Peter said to him, "Jesus Christ heals you. Get up and take care of your mat." Immediately Aeneas got up. (from New International Version)