Jesus heals 2 blind men and “When they had departed, they spread the news, about Him in all that country.” Then He heals a mute and demon-possessed man “And the multitudes marveled, saying, ‘It was never seen like this in Israel!’” However, things are quite different when Jesus goes to His home church in Nazareth. 😒 We read about this in the Book of Luke on 9/29 and here we have Mark’s account of Jesus teaching in Nazareth.
Jesus starts teaching in His home church and the people question where His wisdom comes from since He was just the son of a carpenter and Mary and has brothers and sisters in that town. “So they were offended at Him. But Jesus said to them, ‘A prophet is not without honor except in his own country, among his own relatives, and in his own house.’ Now He could do no mighty work there, except that He laid His hands on a few sick people and healed them. And He marveled because of their unbelief. Then He went about the villages in a circuit, teaching.”
Jesus has marveled 2 times in the Story. First, at the faith of the Gentile Roman officer that we read about on Oct. 4th (Matthew 8:5-13) and now here…over the lack of faith of the people in His home town which limits the blessings they could receive. This is unfortunate for those people but it’s not going to stop Jesus from pouring blessings on those who will receive Him!
“Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.” Jesus sends out His disciples first to the lost sheep of Israel, God’s chosen people. He tells them not to go to the Gentiles or enter the city of the Samaritans at this time (later Jesus will send them out to the Gentiles as well as the Jews). However, Jesus gives them a warning; “Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves…And you will be hated by all for My name’s sake. But he who endures to the end will be saved.”
Tomorrow is a tragic day for John the Baptist. Keep reading to see what happens.
(Matthew 9:27-34, Mark 6:1-6, Matthew 13:53-58, Matthew 9:35-38, Mark 6:7-13, Matthew 10:1-42, Luke 9:1-6)