“Digging Deeper” is an opportunity for you to continue your study of God’s Word throughout the week.
“Humility and Faith”
When Jesus heard these things, He marveled at him, and turned around and said to the crowd that followed Him, “I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel!”
Jesus is about to perform a miracle. Luke mentioned that Jesus marveled at the centurion, which shows that he made an impression on Jesus. It is unlikely that Jesus is trying to belittle the nation of Israel with his statement. He is simply affirming the centurion’s faith was usual for a Gentile who had not been exposed to the prophesies about the Messiah in scripture.
The Bible states at least three purposes of a miracle:
• To glorify the nature of God
• To accredit certain persons as the spokespeople for God
• To provide evidence for belief in God
Of course, not all people believe that the event is an act of God, even when they witness a miracle. But in this event, says the New Testament, the miracle is a witness against them. John grieved, “Even after Jesus had done all these miraculous signs in their presence, they still would not believe in Him” (John 12:37).