Home to Nazareth

Luke 4:14-30

“The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
because he has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
and recovery of sight for the blind,
to set the oppressed free,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”

Luke 4:18-19

Jesus headed toward home, and on the way He began to teach and news began to spread about His amazing teaching, for the Spirit was upon Him. When He reached His home town of Nazareth, the people wanted to hear what He had to say on the Sabbath. When the day came, He was handed the scroll of Isaiah and He read the verses quoted above. The scene was electric, tension and expectation were in the air…

“Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.” He spoke some more and the people were amazed. “Isn’t this Joseph’s son?”

Jesus went on to tell them that no prophet is “accepted” in his home town, and reminded them of several instances from Scripture in which prophets did their work elsewhere for this reason.

At this, the people were angered and they tried to throw Jesus off of a cliff; so much for a hometown crowd. Yet Jesus simply strolled through the crowd and went on His way.

You might well think I’m making a stretch here, but I told you we’d see Satan again!

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About Don Merritt

A long time teacher and writer, Don hopes to share his varied life's experiences in a different way with a Christian perspective.
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8 Responses to Home to Nazareth

  1. Pete says:

    I have heard many say that the wise men actually probably came to Nazareth when they came to see Jesus, since it says they came to the house. I don’t remember if you mention this in one of your posts. Did you? And they are not mentioned in Luke, so you probably wouldn’t have. Hmm..

    • Don Merritt says:

      I hinted around at it, but I didn’t say it directly (I wasn’t in the mood for a fight). But since you bring it up now, it is obvious that they were in Nazareth, even though “tradition” teaches otherwise.

    • Wally Fry says:

      Pete, you made me laugh. I agree with Don, it is pretty obvious they were not at the manger. Travel time alone would have prevented that from being the case. What made me laugh is I get in trouble every year for pointing out that our Nativity scene is wrong. Tradition dies hard!

  2. dwmartens says:

    Four times already in this chapter the Holy Spirit is seen at work in Jesus: 1&2) ​1. Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, left the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness; 3) 4. Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit; 4) 18. “The Spirit of the Lord is on me… .” Can we, as His disciples, not see that: 1&2) When we are full of His Spirit we can be led by that Spirit to overcome any temptation regardless of our circumstances; 3) have the power of His Spirit to accomplish anything He leads us into; 4) proclaim His gospel (good news) that opens peoples eyes to the Truth and sets them free to see that God desires them to be in fellowship with Him?

  3. Mel Wild says:

    Amen. Satan shows up in a lot of different ways wherever Jesus goes!

    And you bring up a very strange, quirky way modern translators have dealt with Luke 4:22. Some translations (NASB, NIV, NLT, etc.) have rendered the Greek word, martyreō, as “spoke well of Him,” when it simply means “bore witness.” It can technically go either way, but what this particular rendering does is makes Jesus’ response in vs.23-24 quite strange and erratic.

    23 He said to them, “You will surely say this proverb to Me, ‘Physician, heal yourself! Whatever we have heard done in Capernaum, do also here in Your country.’” 24 Then He said, “Assuredly, I say to you, no prophet is accepted in his own country.”

    Quite a strange response to people who are supposedly speaking well of you! 🙂

    Obviously, they were NOT speaking well of Him, rather, were indignant, marveling at His words in a very negative, condescending way.

    • Don Merritt says:

      Indeed. This particular rendering seems to put Luke’s account at odds with the others, and certainly would make the translators’ judgement call here a bit… odd.

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