Luke 7:9 and Matthew 8:10 - Why did Jesus marvel at this man’s faith?
“free will” Arminians will latch on to ANY little verse or phrase in an attempt to overthrow the doctrines of Election and Predestination in an attempt to make it seem as though “faith” originates from the free will choice of men rather that the Biblical truth that it is God himself and the Lord Jesus Christ who give the gift of faith to his people.
For further development of this, see “ Why is it that some people have faith and others do not? Does the Bible answer these questions? Yes, it does.”
Such a “free will” promoter brings up the example in Luke 7:9. He says:
“In Luke 7:9 we read "When Jesus heard these things, he marvelled at him, and turned him about, and said unto the people that followed him, I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel."
Why did Jesus marvel at this mans faith if his faith was an irresistible gift from God?” (End of Arminian’s comments.)
By the way, the same verse is found in Matthew 8:10 where we read: “When Jesus heard it, he marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.
And we also find the other side of the coin where Jesus “marvels” at the unbelief of others.
In Mark 6:6 we read: “And he marvelled because of their unbelief.”
God himself cannot be taken by surprise by anything man does. He sees the end from the beginning. But in the case of the God-man, Jesus Christ, at times we see more of his divinity while here on earth, and at other times his humanity.
He was hungry, thirsty and did not know the day when the heavens and earth would pass away (Mark 13:32), but as Deity he also “knew all men” and what was in them. John 2:24-25.
While he was here on earth he clothed himself with human flesh, frailties, emotions and affections.
Matthew Henry comments on this verse, saying: “When Jesus heard it, he marvelled not as if it were to him new and surprising, he knew the centurion's faith, for he wrought it but it was great and excellent, rare and uncommon, and Christ spoke of it as wonderful, to teach us what to admire not worldly pomp and decorations, but the beauty of holiness, and the ornaments which are in the sight of God of great price.”
John Gill comments on this verse, saying: “When Jesus heard it, he marvelled,.... Which must be understood of him as man; for as God, nothing could present itself unto him at unawares, unthought of, and not known before; and so could not raise admiration in him, and which cannot properly fall on a divine person: or he behaved, both by words and gesture, as persons do when they are astonished at anything; and this he might do, to raise the attention and wonder of those that were with him.”
Matthew Poole’s English Annotations says: “When Jesus heard it, he marvelled; admiration agreed not to Christ as God, but as man it did.”
See also “Anthropomorphisms in the Bible - Does God know everything?”
Anthropomorphism = The attributing of human characteristics and purposes to inanimate objects, animals, plants, or other natural phenomena, or to God.
We see examples of Anthropomorphism from the very beginning. In Genesis 3:9 after Adam and Eve had sinned "the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, WHERE ART THOU?"
In Genesis 3:11 God asks Adam "WHO TOLD THEE THAT THOUS WAST NAKED? HAST THOU EATEN OF THE TREE, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat?"
In Genesis 4:9 "And the LORD said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother?"
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