“Truly I tell you, no prophet is accepted in his hometown.” Luke 4:24

After His battle with Satan in the wilderness, and having won complete victory, Jesus went to Galilee. The Word tells us “He was there in the power of the Spirit, and news about Him spread through the whole countryside. Everyone praised Him.” He then felt it was time to go back to Nazareth where He had been raised. He had some things to do there.

Last week we saw Him back in Nazareth on a Sabbath day, in the synagogue, as He read from Isaiah 61. He read and then told the members present that He was the fulfillment of what He had just read to them. The Word tells us that He said, ‘Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.’ (Luke 4:21)

“All spoke well of Him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from His lips. Isn’t this Joseph’s son?” they asked. (Luke 4:22)

Jesus said to them, “Surely you will quote this proverb to me: Physician, heal yourself! And you will tell Me, ‘Do in your hometown what we have heard that You did in Capernaum.’ “Truly I tell you,” He continued,”no prophet is accepted in his hometown. I assure you that there were many widows in Israel in Elijah’s time, when the sky was shut for three and half years and there was a severe famine throughout the land. Yet Elijah was not sent to any of them, but to a widow in Zarephath in the region of Sidon. And there were many in Israel with leprosy in the time of Elisha the prophet, yet none of them was cleansed – only Naaman the Syrian.”All the people in the synagogue were furious when they heard this. They got up, drove Him out of the town, and took HIm to the brow of the hill on which the town was built, in order to throw Him off the cliff. But He walked right through the crowd and went on His way.” (Luke 4:23-30)Jesus was not accepted in His hometown after He told them who He had become. The people had seen Him grow up there, and could not accept the fact that He was indeed a Prophet. They had seen Him as the Carpenter’s son for 30 years. He may have worked for many of them. He had read to them in the synagogue many times as He had covered the Word with them, but now He was saying that He was the person Isaiah was writing about. Then when he told them that sometimes God would reach out to Gentiles rather than Jews, that was too much for them. They decided He must be put to death. It was as He said, “No prophet is accepted in his hometown.”This was an extreme state but God was allowing it to exhibit how we can jump to things that are so wrong because of things we think. Let us always pray for guidance to do what is right rather than what we assume is right. Let us never judge others. Let us always pray for the Lord to lead us rather than making a decision to do what we ‘think’ is right before we pray.May we keep the ones that are in battles, and those that have lost so much, in our prayers. It is hard to see that so many people are being killed, so many without food, and that so many have lost everything in these senseless wars. I pray for them all. I know you do as well.  
Love to you and yours,

Poppa B