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About-Him Devotional 03-29-03
The life of Christ, from His baptism to His ascension, following the Harmony of the Gospels.
61: Rejection at Nazareth - Luke 4:16-30
Luke 4:21 And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.
22 And all bare him witness, and wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of his mouth. And they said, Is not this Joseph's son?
23 And he said unto them, Ye will surely say unto me this proverb, Physician, heal thyself: whatsoever we have heard done in Capernaum, do also here in thy country.
24 And he said, Verily I say unto you, No prophet is accepted in his own country.
When Jesus finished reading and expounding on the text of Isaiah 61:1-4, He read it with such an anointing that all eyes were fastened on Him and the people wondered at the gracious words that came from His mouth. They were used to scribes droning on in a monotone, not to One who spoke with such authority. The author of the book was reading the book, in the Spirit of the book, as He had intended that it should be read. However when Jesus said, "This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears," they knew that he was claiming to be the Messiah. Their wonder turned to anger. They questioned how a carpenter's son could claim such things. No doubt there were some whisperings regarding the circumstances of His birth. Surely one born in a manger to an unwed mother was deranged if He thought He was the Messiah, the Son of God.
Jesus discerned their thoughts and knew that they would demand to see Him perform miracles such as He had performed elsewhere. They couldn't or wouldn't believe the message or the messenger without seeing great signs and wonders.
Jesus referred to the widow who fed Elijah and Namaan the leper to let them know that the sovereign God does signs and wonders at His own discretion at the time and place of His choosing. They were not any better than the poor widow or the foreign captain.
They took Jesus to the edge of the city and attempted to throw Him off of a hill. he being under the anointed and in the power of the Spirit walked right through their midst and departed.
Conclusion and Application:
People haven't changed a bit since the time of Jesus. There is still a desire to place the spectacular above the word of God. A song with an upbeat tempo (which I do like) is likely to be preferred to the old staples like The Old Rugged Cross and Nearer My God to Thee (which I like also). A sermon with three points and a poem is always preferred to one which is based on the Word and causes one to examine his or hers relationship with the Master.
God seldom does things according to our expectation and preconceived ideas. He is God and does as He wills. Whether He speaks in the thunder roll or in a still small voice (I Kings 19:11-12), we have the assurance of His word that we are at liberty. Our prisons have been opened. We have exchanged the spirit of heaviness for the garment of praise. We have forsaken mourning and rejoice in joy. Messiah is here and we accept Him.
Isaiah 61:1 The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me
to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;
2 To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;
3 To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.
Next Week: Four Disciples Called
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