The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleMatthew 8:9
For I am a man under authority…
Of Caesar the Roman
emperor, and of superior officers under him, as a tribune…
having soldiers under me;
an hundred of them at least, for military
service, and some of them were used by him as his domestics:
and I say unto this man go, and he goeth, and to another come, and
for there is no disputing the commands of officers, by
soldiers, in anything, in exercises, marches, battles…
and to my servant,
that was more properly his domestic servant, who
waited upon him, and did those things for him which every soldier
under him was not employed in,
do this, and he doth it;
immediately, without any more ado; as
indeed a servant ought. The Jews F12 have a saying, that
``a servant over whom his master (twvr Nya) , "hath no power",
is not called a servant.''
Now, these words are not a reason excusing Christ's coming to his
house, or showing how unworthy it was, and how unfit it would be for
him to come thither, since he was a man that held soldiers under
him, and his house was encumbered with them; for these were not with
him, but quartered out elsewhere: but they are an argument, from the
lesser to the greater, that seeing he was a man, and Christ was God,
he was under the authority of others. Christ was subject to none;
and yet he had such power over his soldiers and servants, that if he
bid one go, and another come, or ordered them to stand in such a
place, and in such a posture, or do this and the other servile work,
his orders were immediately obeyed: how much more easily then could
Christ, who had all power in heaven and in earth, command off this
distemper his servant was afflicted with? He suggests, that as his
soldiers were under him, and at his command; so all bodily diseases
were under Christ, and to be controlled by him, at his pleasure; and
that, if he would but say to that servant of his, the palsy, remove,
it would remove at once.
F12 T. Bab. Kiddushin, fol. 72. 2.
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Gill, John. "Commentary on Matthew 8:9". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". <http://classic.studylight.org/com/geb/view.cgi?book=mt&chapter=008&verse=009>. 1999.