Marvel…” a sense of astonishment, whether critical or inquisitive, or admiration with a nuance of awe or fear.”
Marveled is repeatedly mentioned in the Bible, generally concerning the crowds’ reaction to what Jesus is teaching and doing.
But Jesus -- God in the flesh -- marvels only on two occasions: Faith and unbelief.
The centurion – not only a Gentile but a Roman soldier; the enemy of the Jews – is the one with faith. And from miles away, with a word, his servant & friend is healed. Unexpected and pure belief. Jesus marveled.
The Jewish community in Jesus’ hometown – His own people who should know Him the best – is the one with unbelief. And very few miracles occurred in their midst. Unexpected and debilitating unbelief. Jesus marveled.
Familiarity can breed unbelief, but unexpected belief can come from anywhere.
Is Jesus marveling at me? For faith or unbelief?
Lord, I believe; help my unbelief.
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