Saturday, August 1, 2015

New Testament- Lesson 104

Matthew Chapter 13- Part 8

Jesus rejected at Nazareth- (Matthew 13:53-58)(Mark 6:1-6)

When Jesus had finished speaking the parables, he came to Nazareth and on the Sabbath, taught in the synagogue, so that people were astonished and said, “Where did this man get this wisdom and these mighty works? Is this not the carpenter’s son? Is not his mother called Mary? And his brothers James, Joses, Simon, and Judas and his sisters, are they not all with us? Where then did this man get all these things?”  So they were offended at him. But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own country and in his own house.” He did not do many mighty works there because of their unbelief. Mark writes....He did not do many mighty works there, except that he laid his hands on a few sick people and healed them. He marveled because of their unbelief.

The people in the synagogue in Nazareth could not believe that God would choose an ordinary carpenter's son to speak heavenly wisdom and do mighty works of faith. They thought they could not be sidelined by God and choose him because some of them considered themselves as guardians of the Law. They rejected Jesus because they were jealous of him and because he was gaining popularity.

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