v 8 But the officer said, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you come into my home. Just say the word from where you are, and my servant will be healed.
Here is a man (A Roman Officer, by the way, and so not one of the ‘privileged’ Jews) who had this inner attitude of dependence on God rather than any merit or privilege of his own. Jesus’ response to what He saw in this man is worthy of note ‘ Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel. ‘ I wonder what the Jews who were present made of that! Here is a ‘Gentile outsider’ commended for his dependence on God – his faith in God to act with mercy. It is a great example of what poor in spirit means in practice. His initial reaction to Jesus shows exactly the same characteristic, ‘I am not worthy to have you come into my home’ reflects a proper sense of personal unworthiness and a willingness to accept the authority of Jesus. It is not fake piety but a genuine awareness of his standing with God as a needy and powerless person.
This man must be described as ‘Blessed’ because of his humble and submissive attitude