Healing of the Centurion's Servant

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Matthew 8:5 And upon His coming into Kapharnaoum, a centurion came forth to Him summoning Him 6 and saying: “Prince, my servant is a paralytic, stricken in the house, being tormented terribly!”

This account is also told at Luke chapter 7, where it is somewhat more complete. The centurion is definitely not a Judaean, however it is not certain that he is a Roman or a Greek either. The Roman army was constructed from men all over the empire, and the Romans purposely used men from areas other than where they were stationed, to decrease the likelihood of insurrection. The centurion may have been from one of any number of the White Adamic nations.

Paralysis is actually a Greek word, spelled the same way except for one letter. The text still means today exactly what it inferred then, that there was a loss of motor skills in the person affected. For example, Aeneas (Acts 9:33) was a paralytic bedridden for eight years.

Concerning the man, Christ said:

Matthew 8:10 And hearing Yahshua marveled and said to those following: “Truly I say to you, from no one in Israel have I found such faith!

Christ seems to have meant Israel in the geographic sense here, or possibly in a sense referring to those of Judaea who had kept the law and the prophets. While we know that many Greeks, Romans, Kelts, etc. were indeed descended from Israelites dispersed long beforetime, who had for the most part already forgotten their identity in their blindness, as Paul said in his epistle to the Ephesians, they were alienated from the civic life of Israel, and therefore being divorced from Yahweh they truly were not counted as Israel. As Hosea says, they were His people, but they were called “Not His people” until the time when they would accept Christ and be reconciled to God.

Matthew 8:13 And Yahshua said to the centurion: “Go, as you have believed, it must be for you!” And the servant was healed at that hour.

Our prayers are answered according to the sincerity of our faith, therefore as the centurion actually believed it would be, in that manner was his prayer answered. Yahshua later explained to his students, that if they only had faith without disputation, that they truly could move mountains. It may be evident, that none of us really have such faith, because even if we profess it with our mouths, our actions are still too much attached to the world.