An opportunity for you to continue your study of God’s Word throughout the week…
Then Jesus went with them. And when He was already not far from the house, the centurion sent friends to Him, saying to Him, “Lord, do not trouble Yourself, for I am not worthy that You should enter under my roof. Therefore I did not even think myself worthy to come to You. But say the word, and my servant will be healed.
It seems strange that this centurion would send for Jesus and then not want Him to enter his home. This is probably evidence that the centurion recognized the significance of Jesus once he saw Him. He was probably also being sensitive to the fact that the Jews would have criticized Jesus for being in the home of a Gentile.
The reverence and fear of God is the starting place for wisdom. If a driver is going 80 mph and notices a police car parked up ahead on the side of the road, he or she will slow down.
The policeman’s presence has produced a healthy respect for the law. When an officer is present, drivers adjust to the law because of respect for the officer’s authority. A driver may not like his authority, may not want his authority, or may even be rebellious against his authority—but he still respects it.
What would most people think about a person who speeds up to 90 mph when they see a policeman? They would call him a fool. Why… because that driver is showing no reverence for the authority.
CHALLENGE: Slow down… “Be still, and know that I am God.” Ps. 46:10