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Vol. 10 No. 7 July 2008
An interesting observation about the names of the 12
Psalm 32:7, “Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance.” By obeying God’s laws, we keep ourselves from much trouble, and he will providentially take care of us.
Psalm 119:114, “Thou art my hiding place and my shield; I hope in thy word.” God’s Word helps shield us from the darts of the Devil.
Psalm 64:2, “Hide me from the secret counsel of the wicked; from the tumult of the workers of iniquity.” God will always provide a way of escape from temptation. He will protect us providentially.
Be hidden of God. Obey him. Study your Bible so that you know how to be hidden in Christ with God, and if any of this is hard to understand, ask an adult to help you.
Evidently, the centurion knew about Jesus. He may have personally heard Christ preaching and teaching. He knew that Jesus could perform wonderful things and was convinced that Jesus could heal his servant.
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However, one of the most amazing things about the centurion was his concern and love for his servant. The Romans normally did not have much concern for a slave. Aristotle, talking about friendships that were possible in life, stated, “There can be no friendship nor justice towards inanimate things; indeed, not even towards a horse or an ox, nor yet towards a slave as a slave. For master and slave have nothing in common; a slave is a living tool, just as a tool is an inanimate slave.” Peter Chrysologus wrote that, “Whatever a master does to a slave, undeservedly, in anger, willingly, unwillingly, in forgetfulness, after careful thought, knowingly, unknowingly, is judgment, justice and law.”
The centurion was not the normal Roman slave owner. He was a man of exceptional compassion and love. He was a man of war and a man of power, but he did not think too highly of himself. He humbled himself and considered a mere slave as a person of importance. He also humbled himself enough to acknowledge his lowliness to the elders of the Jews and his Roman friends. They transmitted this message to Jesus. Jesus was told that the centurion believed that Jesus could heal his servant simply by saying it from a distance. The centurion did not consider himself worthy for Jesus to enter his home.
Jesus recognized the wonderful humility, faith and love of the centurion. He stated that it was this kind of faith that would bring salvation to a man.
One more interesting fact is that we are not told the centurion’s name. This, in a way, goes with the account. It is not in making a great name for oneself that demonstrates proper faith. It is the attitude behind actions that really matters.
Are you like the centurion? Do you consider others as good as you are? Do you love others? Do you believe Jesus? Does ‘making a name for yourself’ mean more to you than actually doing good for others?
Study your Bible. Believe Jesus. Obey Him, and if any of this is hard to understand, ask an adult to help you.