Hometown truth and outsider’s blessing

I’ve been enjoying the instruction of a writer workshop from our local community college. One tip they shared was how to find the point of your thought by rewriting it 4-5 different times.

Jesus was a master communicator. He said the same thing four times in this passage: 1. By following tradition and hometown communication, God was speaking clearly to the people. 2. Proclaiming that the scriptural truth was fulfilled in their hearing, the Son of Man was speaking without parable. 3. By acknowledging their doubt due to his humble beginnings, Jesus was honest with them. 4. By providing two examples of OT miracles substantiating His point that they were also unable to receive the miracles (as their forefathers did in the time of Elijah and Elisha). His argument was finally understood.

The crowd dynamic was intent on killing Jesus. He then did a miracle in the midst of their doubt and escaped unharmed. Did any believe? Is it only the outsider who truly asks for a miracle who is capable of receiving it?

-Teresa #yourpoint,Lord? #recognizeHisfavor #donotdoubt

Luke 4: 16-27 (ESV)

16 And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up. And as was his custom, he went to the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and he stood up to read. 17 And the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written,

18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives
and recovering of sight to the blind,
to set at liberty those who are oppressed,
19 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”

20 And he rolled up the scroll and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. 21 And he began to say to them, “Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.”

22 And all spoke well of him and marveled at the gracious words that were coming from his mouth. And they said, “Is not this Joseph’s son?” 23 And he said to them, “Doubtless you will quote to me this proverb, ‘“Physician, heal yourself.” What we have heard you did at Capernaum, do here in your hometown as well.’” 24 And he said, “Truly, I say to you, no prophet is acceptable in his hometown.

25 But in truth, I tell you, there were many widows in Israel in the days of Elijah, when the heavens were shut up three years and six months, and a great famine came over all the land, 26 and Elijah was sent to none of them but only to Zarephath, in the land of Sidon, to a woman who was a widow.

27 And there were many lepers[a] in Israel in the time of the prophet Elisha, and none of them was cleansed, but only Naaman the Syrian.” 28 When they heard these things, all in the synagogue were filled with wrath. 29 And they rose up and drove him out of the town and brought him to the brow of the hill on which their town was built, so that they could throw him down the cliff. 30 But passing through their midst, he went away.

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