Colby, I want to take this deeper as I know you do as well. Right now, for some reason, I can only come up with the centurion. I know there is another. The Gentile Woman's Daughter? When I find the other, the deeper comes from what is significant about them. That's the fun part. lolol
Great faith begins as a follow of Christ realizing His divine authority. The motives are pure & with a humble heart & with complete trust in God's Word doing what it says it will do.
I kept coming back to that lady with the daughter but the version I was readying was saying the fact about He had never seen faith as great as hers.
What was so great about their faith? Both the centurion and woman sought out Jesus, believing in him completely.
In contrast to these two people of "great faith," elsewhere in the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus is critical of those with "little faith." WHO was Jesus referring to?
I think it's significant and particularly instructive that Jesus didn't commend his disciples for their "great faith" in Matthew's Gospel, but rather says this about only two people whom we would least expect: A Roman Centurion and a Canaanite woman. In contrast to them, we read about an example of "little faith" demonstrated by Peter the Apostle in Matthew 14.