October 24

Today’s Text: Matthew 4:12-25, Luke 4:14-30, Luke 5:1-11, Mark 1:21 – 2:12

Highlights: This is the beginning of what we call the Great Galilean Ministry of Jesus. In fact, the reading begins with a prophecy from Isaiah 9, which speaks of a great light shining in Galilee where there had been darkness. Jesus calls Peter, Andrew, James, and John to follow Him. He is teaching and performing many miracles and great multitudes are following Him. One miracle, a miraculous catch of fish (Luke 5) served as a lesson to the former fishermen that they would become fishers of men.

For the most part this was a time of great popularity for Jesus. But at Nazareth (Luke 4), his home town, he was not received by everyone so well. In fact, it sounds as though they wanted to kill Him! What are some of the reasons why Jesus was rejected at Nazareth?


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10 Responses to October 24

  1. Mary K

    In His way He was accusing the Jews of not accepting their own prophets and as a result these prophets benefitted non-Jews. I believe He was also suggesting here that non-Jews were going to be beneficiaries of His gospel. To take away the Jews’ exclusivity was maddening to them.

    In the section where Jesus heals the leper, my translation says that Jesus was indignant when the man asked to be healed. Can anyone tell me the cause of this indignation?

    • Jimmy

      Do you have a reference on that Mary K? I am curious about it too but am not seeing it?

      • Andrew

        It is the account found in Luke 5:12-15; Matt 8:2-4; Mark 1:40-45. The version of The Daily Bible does say Jesus was indignant in the Mark account. My NKJV says He moved with compassion. I am not sure why the versions are so different on this. If compassion is the proper translation of the original text then I think most of us can understand that.
        If indignation is the proper translation it is a little more confusing to me. He did warn Him sternly not to tell anyone. Perhaps he knew the man would spread the news which caused Jesus not to be able to enter towns anymore but left Him staying in the “lonely places”? If Jesus was truly annoyed, I think it would not be with the man who showed faith in Him but with the inconvenience He knew would come as a result of the healing. Maybe someone else can shed some light on this?

      • Mary K

        Mark 1:40-45. NIV uses “compassion” too, and Smith’s footnote also indicates “compassion” is used in many manuscripts. In our language they really aren’t synonyms, so it’s a bit confusing to me as what the original word intended to communicate. However, in looking this up in a commentary, I was reminded that under Mosaic law, touching someone unclean was defiling. In fact, a person with leprosy wasn’t even supposed to be in public. So perhaps although this action is repugnant to a Jew, Jesus’ concern for the leper superceded the ceremonial considerations. So now I’m wondering if Jesus, after touching the leper, had to abide by the rules for the ceremonial unclean…especially after the leper told everyone he knew that Jesus had touched him.

        • Mary K

          So, I got off on a tangent and forgot to make my point. Perhaps the word translated as indignant in some versions and compassion in others was communicating that Jesus was willing to “undignify” himself by touching a leper because His level of “compassion” was so deep.

  2. Sandy Steinman

    My sense is that the folks in Nazareth wanted special favors and miracles because he was in his hometown. Jesus quickly pointed out that where people are from makes no difference to God and he uses the examples of two miracles that both involved gentiles. Jesus makes statements that enrage the crowd. First He says even though He is truly from God that that they are going to reject Him and that rejection has nothing to with Him and everything to do with them.There anger was an amazing response to a sermon, They were angered because He implied there was something wrong with them, they were angered because He refused to perform a miracle and they were angered because He dared to suggest that God loved the Gentiles too.

  3. Great discussion. Also the people of Nazareth ‘knew’ Jesus as the son of a lowly carpenter. How could this be their king?

  4. Andrew

    I agree with the others as to why Jesus was rejected at Nazareth. Great points.

  5. Norma

    Could someone please send me the text for the Oct. 21st reading? I can get to the discussion but the text part is blank…

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