And when Jesus had finished these parables, he went away from there, and coming to his hometown he taught them in their synagogue, so that they were astonished, and said, “Where did this man get this wisdom and these mighty works? Is not this the carpenter’s son? Is not his mother called Mary? And are not his brothers James and Joseph and Simon and Judas? And are not all his sisters with us? Where then did this man get all these things?” And they took offense at him. But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his hometown and in his own household.” And he did not do many mighty works there, because of their unbelief.
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“Finished these parables”
Why was Jesus now speaking in parables?
The change in Jesus’ ministry from acceptance to rejection.
Focus moving towards Jerusalem and the cross.
“Where did this man get this wisdom...”
There is a general aura of disbelief.
The question is not a genuine desire to know, but a slight on Jesus.
Pointed out by Matthew’s emphasis of repeating the question.
Consider the number of excuses they gave for why this could not be reality.
How often do we expect (or quell) a new believer’s enthusiasm?
It’s just a phase. They will grow out of it.
Why should we grow out of adoration for our God?
This is an issue in marriages - isn’t it more serious with God?
“A prophet is not without honour except in his hometown”
Origin of this thought?
Why would this be the case?
Because you are well known in your home town, especially when it is small.
Contrast this with the anonymity of the city today.
This can be a powerful testimony when someone is saved.
Yet it is amazingly much harder to evangelise those who are closest to us.
“Familiarity breeds contempt.”
More particularly it breeds complacency.
We behave differently around ‘strangers’ and our family.
“He did not do many mighty works there, because of their unbelief.”
God will only work though and with our faith.
e.g. the many Jesus healed “your faith has made you well.”
The visiting preacher is better regarded than the regular.
I can say it as I’m the ‘visiting pastor.’
If we are not seeing the work of God we desire in our life / family / work / community, could it be that we have become complacent in our walk with Jesus.
Who are the most voracious readers of scripture?
Who are the most ardent evangelists?
Who have the greatest faith?