27 In the center of The time

Luke 7:1-10
Isaiah 50:4-5a
T The One who can heal him

 Before writing down an event of 7:2-10, Luke puts an article seemingly not related, "When He had completed all His discourse in hearing of the people, He went to Capernaum." (7:1). It seems to emphasize that this event continues for the sermon of plains. Why would Luke want to emphasize it? There is a miracle story of Capernaum from Verse 4:31 to Verse 5:28, but this point that begins "He went to Capernaum" does not seem to be that continuance. Because there is it at Verse 9, "And Jesus said to them", it may seem that the interest of Jesus here is to the crowds, but this is training of the disciples including the crowds. The sermon of plains was the first of their training. And the wonder that Jesus did was important training for them. The training of the disciple by Jesus begins from here.

 "And a certain centurion's slave, who was highly regarded by him, was sick and about to die. And when he heard about Jesus, he sent some Jewish elders asking Him to come and save the life of his slave." (2-3) Because there was it with a centurion, the defense force of Rome of one squadron degree would be stationed in Carpenaum. The person who seemed to be the commander waited expectantly for Jesus. He was a foreigner, but perhaps it seems that he was a foreigner (not a Roman) to have close relations with Jew. He did not do conversion, but he showed understanding to Judaism and he threw out his private property and built a Jew synagogue. Perhaps, he would often attend at that worship. The elders seem to have sent the trust of overall width to such him. News that Jesus returned to Capernaum reached his ear. A servant he trusts (a butler of freedman? probably, a convert to Judaism) suffers from a heavy disease, and was half-dead. Immediately, he asked the elders to ask Him, because the One who heard a rumor many times is sure to help his servant.


U The qualification to be made before Jesus

 The elders appealed to Jesus in this way. "He is worthy for You to grant this to him; for he loves our nation, and it was he who built us our synagogue." (4-5) Originally, an elder was pointed at a husband, a head of family, Mayor of tribe. There was not a decision particularly, but in the times of Jesus, it was used as an honorific title to the leaders who judge in the religion and a civil affair, work adequately and could go ahead through the administration of the town smoothly. It seems that the elders of central in Jerusalem were members of assembly members of Sanhidorin, and they had strong power, however the elders of Capernaum kept the position who were respected from anyone of the town as a man of integrity. In their appeals, it seems the state that they respect this centurion from the bottom of heart ooze out. There is it, "He is worthy for You to grant this to him;", but it will be translated too much. Anyway, they made an impassioned speech and were going to have Jesus come somehow. Possibly, they worried with that if He heard the trouble with the Sopher and Pharisees and might refuse it. Because they were the friends, too. However, Jesus consented plainly unexpectedly, and went to the house of the centurion with them. There was the feeling that they praised him too much, but their good faith would come. Surely, Jesus would be interested to the centurion who attracted them until here.

 However, he entrusted a friend with a message again and sent it to Jesus, before Jesus still arrived at there. "Lord, do not trouble Yourself further, for I am not worthy for You to come under my roof; for this reason I did not even consider myself worthy to come to You." (6-8)  He sent the second messenger in a great hurry, before Jesus arrived. The purpose of it was to convey the message that he did not have the qualification to invite Jesus to his house. The word called "the qualification" agreed in Verse 4; and it would be that the centurion thought that he did "not have such qualification", though the elders said that he had the qualification. Verse 4 will be "worthy"; but, this Verse 6 will be right, "the qualification", like The New translated version. He might think it should not say that he had built a synagogue before Jesus.


V In the center of The time

 We must think about the contents a little more which he said, "I have not the qualification to invite Jesus to his house". He knew that Jews assumed to enter the house of foreigner was evaded and "stained". The Jews put sacred water in front of a house, and cleansed the body with the water by all means when they came home from going out. It was for the reason they might have come in contact with a foreigner at the time of going out. He became close to elders now and took handling like the proselyte, but, in those days when he started for his new post here, he would surely do such a sad experience many times. Therefore it is not mysterious he thought that the name of Jesus must not be stained. The foreigner resident in Israel thinks about acquaintance with the Jew like that. The governor-general of Rome, Pilate was so. When the people thronged to the official residence and demanded to crucify Jesus in front of the gate, because they did not enter inside, Pilate revealed shameful figure coming and going many times between the people who were outside of the gate and Jesus who was at the judiciary seat; the reason was because Jews avoided to enter the official residence of the foreigner. However, would the centurion send a messenger to Jesus for such a reason?

 There are words full of his real intentions. "For this reason I did not even consider myself worthy to come to You, but just say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I, too, am a man under authority, with soldiers under me; and I say to this one, 'Go!' and he goes; and to another, 'Come!' and he comes; and to my slave, 'Do this!' and he does it." (7-8) It seems that he has intended to divide a messenger into two phases from a beginning, and to send them. Perhaps, as for what did not express his real intention about the Jewish elders whom he sent earlier, he would consider not to buy their repulsion; and as for the messenger of the second "friend", perhaps, he would be the person from the same country as him, that was a foreigner. If it is so, he can entrust him with his message without repulsion. It is clear that authority to heal a disease is not same as the authority of the armed forces giving an order. "Another authority" that he accepted to Jesus was the authority that God own had. To Jewish elder, he can not say that Jesus has such authority. Still, he has left the first messenger to them, it seems that he wanted to make etiquette for Jesus. Jesus heard this message of him and surprised and said, "I say to you, not even in Israel have found such great faith." (9). Jesus heard his confession of faith which piled up almighty power of God to the power of healing of Jesus interwoven in his message, I think.

 Luke closed this article by testimony that "And when those who had been sent returned to the house, they found the slave in good health." (10). However, because Jesus and the disciples did not go to there, it was the testimonies of the people who witnessed a wonder in this house. However, this testimony is drawn as if it is a thing of Luke himself. Luke would stare at this as if it was at time of Luke, and he was a centurion and a servant and a witness who was in this spot. For modern us, it would be thought that the faith is to push its way through the center of the age of Jesus.