Day 10, The 2 that Marveled
Matthew 8 (NKJV) - The 2 that marvel
10 When Jesus heard it, He "marveled", and said to those who followed, “Assuredly, I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel!
The backstory to this text is that Jesus was approached by a Roman centurion who said “Lord, I am not worthy that You should come under my roof. But only speak a word, and my servant will be healed. After that Jesus commends him and heals his servant. Later that evening when they are in a boat Jesus is sleeping and a fierce storm comes up and appears to be about to sink the boat. The disciples, afraid, wake Jesus up and He speaks a word and calms the storm. The disciples marveled after Jesus calms the storm. We see a great faith by one not acquainted as well with Jesus and seemingly shut out from the grace of God. While those who should have had great faith and were daily in the presence of Jesus witnessing his mighty miracles "marvel" because of a lack of faith, another word for this is unbelief. The Holy Spirit taught the centurion that he could safely rest his faith on Christ just as He taught Peter that Jesus was the Son of God.
Matthew 16:17 says....
17 Jesus answered and said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven.
Not only did the Father in heaven reveal to The Centurion but also to Simon Peter that Jesus was the Son of God. Through no goodness of their own because the Father delights to share blessings and secrets with us today if we are open to His leading and are teachable. The larger the faith we place in him the larger the blessings we will receive. That day salvation came to the centurion’s home, he was rewarded with much more than he asked for because Jesus commended his faith and told the crowd v.11"many will come from east and west, and sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven", referring to the centurion and many others. As God's people we often struggle with doubt and unbelief. It’s nice to know that Jesus wants us to expect alot from him even to the moving of mountains. His role in our lives as a good Shepard means that he will be with us through trial and hardship and knows how to guide us through to the end and meet us wherever we are at.