Essay about Luke 7 : 1-3 : 4-5

777 Words Dec 11th, 2015 4 Pages
Luke 7:4-5 – 4When they came to Jesus, they appealed to him earnestly, saying, “He is worthy of having you do this for him, 5for he loves our people, and it is he who built our synagogue for us.”
Continuing this image, Luke 7:4-5 depicts the way the Jewish elders view and describe the centurion. First it is written that, on behalf of the centurion, the elders appealed to Jesus earnestly (Lk 7:4). They do not recommend the centurion begrudgingly, but willingly and with the intent that his request actually be fulfilled. The elders then say to Jesus that the centurion is worthy of this thing being done for him (Lk 7:4). The word translated as worthy here, άξιος or axios, can have multiple connotations. Axios and its variations are often used in contexts related to a person’s standing with God or his requirements. It can also be used to depict the value of a person’s actions, which seems to be the most likely use of the term given what the elders tell Jesus in the following verse. Here, in Luke 7:5, the elders give their first reason for the centurion’s worthiness – that the centurion loves the Jewish people. This further promotes the idea that the centurion is a respecter of the Jewish religion and its God, and the term translated as love in this verse is shown here to be a demeanor of magnanimity towards this group that is communicated through certain acts. The act explicitly stated in this passage is that the centurion built, or funded the construction of, the local…

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