BACKGROUND FOR THIS EPISODE
(In Order of Appearance)
- Tiberius, the second capital of Galilee built by Herod Antipas, but it was never popular with the Jews because it was built over a cemetery.
- Luke 7:1-2 – Jesus finished saying all these things to the people. Then he went into Capernaum. 2The servant of a Roman army officer was very sick—near death. The officer loved that servant very much.
- Acts 10:28 – Peter said to them, “You people understand that it is forbidden for a Jewish man to associate with or visit any non-Jewish person. But God has shown me that I should not call any person ‘unholy’ or ‘unclean.’
- Luke 7:3-10 – When the officer heard about Jesus, he sent some Jewish elders to him to ask Jesus to come and save the life of his servant. 4When the men came to Jesus, they begged him earnestly, “This officer deserves to have your help. 5He built the synagogue for us; he loves our people.” 6So, Jesus went with the men. He was coming near to the officer’s house when the officer sent friends to tell him, “Lord, don’t bother to come into my house. I am not worthy to be with you! 7That is why I did not come to you myself. Just give the order and my servant-boy will be healed. 8I, too, am a person under authority, and I have soldiers below me whom I command. I can say to one, ‘Go!’ and he goes. I can say to another, ‘Come!’ and he comes. Or, if I say to my servant, ‘Do this!’ he does it.” 9Jesus heard this. He knew that the man was admirable. Jesus turned to the crowd that was following him. He said, “I tell you, I have not found this much faith anywhere—not even in Israel!” 10The group that was sent to Jesus went back to the house. They found that the servant was made well.
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