8 comments on “Home to Nazareth

  1. 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..

    • 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.

    • 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. 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. 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.

    • 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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