Thursday, January 27, 2022
53-57 When Jesus finished telling these stories, he left there, returned to his hometown, and gave a lecture in the meetinghouse. He stole the show, impressing everyone. “We had no idea he was this good!” they said. “How did he get so wise, get such ability?” But in the next breath they were cutting him down: “We’ve known him since he was a kid; he’s the carpenter’s son. We know his mother, Mary. We know his brothers James and Joseph, Simon and Judas. All his sisters live here. Who does he think he is?” They got all bent out of shape.
58 But Jesus said, “A prophet is taken for granted in his hometown and his family.” He didn’t do many miracles there because of their hostile indifference.
-Matthew 13:53-58 The Message
Jesus Revisits Nazareth
Verse 53: When Jesus had finished these parables, He departed from there.
Verse 54: And He came to His hometown and began teaching them in their synagogue, with the result that they were astonished, and said, “Where did this man acquire this wisdom and these miraculous powers? Verse 55: Is this not the carpenter’s son? Is His mother not called Mary, and His brothers, James, Joseph, Simon, and Judas?
Verse 55: Jesus was acquainted with his family as a young child and had residents there he was connected to. But none of them could see themselves believing in his message, and they were too close to the situation. Jesus went to them as a prophet, to challenge them to respond to unpopular spiritual truth. They didn’t listen because they couldn’t see beyond the man.
Verse 56: And His sisters, are they not all with us? Where then did this man acquire all these things?”
Verse 57: And they took offense at Him. But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not dishonored except in his hometown and in his own household.”
Verse 57 study: Jesus was not the first prophet to be rejected in hos own country. Jeremiah went through rejection in his hometown; by the community and his family members rejected him (Jeremiah 12:5-6)
Verse 58: And He did not do many miracles there because of their unbelief.
Verse 58 study: Jesus did a few mirales because of their unbelief. The lack of faith blind people of the truth, and robs them of hope. they missed the Messiah. How does your faith measure up? If you can’t see God’s work, it’s probably because of you; unbelief. Talke the time to believe, ask God for a mighty work in your life, and expect him to act. Look with the eyes of faith.