Sunday, November 13, 2011

A Morning Cup of Tea: Jesus Talks in the Synagogues

Good morning! Today we are reading Luke 4:14 through 29.  If you grow up in a town, especially a small one, it seems everyone knows who you are, who your parents are, and they know the mistakes you made as you grew up. Even if you were a good kid, most people will have a hard time looking on you as an adult. Jesus saw this to be true in Nazareth, where he grew up.
  Wherever Jesus went in his travels, he could generally be found in the synagogue on the Sabbath. He would talk or he would stand up to read. This time he was in his home town. He was brought the book of the prophet Isaiah, and he found this passage to read:
  18.The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,
 19. To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.
 Jesus closed the book, handed it to the minister and sat down. 
  21. And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.
  This is Joseph's son! We know Jesus' family! They were all thinking. Jesus knew this. He knew they didn't believe him. He told them that a prophet is never accepted in his own country  (v 24). 
  He continued telling them of the days of Elijah, during the drought when there were many starving widows, but  Elijah was not sent to any except the widow in Sarepta, a city of Sidon.
  And Elisha helped only Naaman the Syrian, even though many lepers were in Israel during that time. 
  The people in the synagogue were angry, to say the least. They took Jesus and bodily threw him out of the city. Or at least, that is what they wanted to do. Jesus simply went through the midst of them and went on his way. 
  If one person does not want to hear what you have to say, go on to another person. There is someone out there who wants to hear your message.We must not give up on teaching others about Jesus and the plan of salvation. Have a wonderful Lord's day. 

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