Good Results In Faith

Friday, December 17, 2021

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10-12 Taken aback, Jesus said, “I’ve yet to come across this kind of simple trust in Israel, the very people who are supposed to know all about God and how he works. This man is the vanguard of many outsiders who will soon be coming from all directions—streaming in from the east, pouring in from the west, sitting down at God’s kingdom banquet alongside Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Then those who grew up ‘in the faith’ but had no faith will find themselves out in the cold, outsiders to grace and wondering what happened.”

13 Then Jesus turned to the captain and said, “Go. What you believed could happen has happened.” At that moment, his servant became well.

-Matthew 8:10-13 The Message

Verse 10: Now, when Jesus heard this, He was amazed and said to those who were following, “Truly I say to you, I have not found such great faith with anyone in Israel.

Verse 11: And I say to you that many will come from east and west, and recline at the table with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven;

Verse 12: but the sons of the kingdom will be thrown out into the outer darkness; in that place, there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”

Verses 10-12 studies: Jesus told the crowd that many religious Jews who should be in his kingdom would be excluded because of the lack of faith. They were rooted in their religious traditions and didn’t accept Christ and his new message. Be careful not to be set in our religious habits that we expect God to work only in specified ways. Don’t limit God by your mindset and lack of faith.

Verse 13: And Jesus said to the centurion, “Go; it shall be done for you as you have believed.” And the servant was healed at that very moment.

Verses 11-12 studies: From ‘east to west’ stands for the earth’s four corners. All the faithful people of God will be gathered to feast with the Messiah (Isaiah 6:55). The Jews should have known that his blessings would be for the Gentiles when the Messiah came (Isaiah 66:12, 19). But the message came as a shock because they were wrapped in their own affairs and destiny. When we claim God’s promises, we shouldn’t apply them personally that we will forget to see God’s point of view to reach all the people he loves.

Matthew emphasizes the universal theme. Jesus’ message is for everyone based on scripture, all the prophets knew this (Isaiah 56:3, 6-8: 66:12, 19: Malachi 1:11), but the New Testament Jewish leaders chose to ignore it. Each person chooses to ignore or accept the gospel, and no one can become a part of God’s kingdom based on heritage or connections. The blessing of having a Christian family is just that, a blessing. But it doesn’t guarantee you eternal life. You have to make the decisions to believe in and follow Christ.

Cross References

8:11; Isaiah 49:12; 59:19, Malachi 1:11; Luke 13:29)

8:12; Matthew 13:38, Matthew 22:13, 25:30, Matthew 13:42; 50; 22:13; 24:51; Luke 13:28

8:13; Matthew 9:22, 29

Father, this is an example of what happens when we obey you and have faith in every situation we have. Although the centurion does have difficulties like any person to temporarily have obstacles in the way of his faith, he overcame them. Let us use this as an example, not just for ourselves but for others around us. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Author: Darren Watts

My name is Darren. I started sharing devotions in June 2019. As one of the ministry leaders at my church. One reason why I started devotions is because of the lack of inspiration and motivation in our lives. It is hard to be encouraged with a lot of negativity going around. I invite you to be encouraged by the word of God. Our struggles can be personal, at the workplace, and the lack of community in our lives. When we go through hard times, we need the word of God. Please read them and be encouraged. I also started a podcast talking about racism and discrimination. Please take a moment to check that out as well. Afternoon Coffee Break with Darren Watts.

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