Did Jesus go with the synagogue elders because the reason proffered for doing so was compelling? If so, he would have endorsed the subtext of many of our prayer requests. We suppose that God values people who prom our interests. No. Jesus had his own reasons. The centurion and his servant were members of the human race. No one needs the good opinion of anybody in order to deserve God's attention.
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