Rejected In Nazareth

Having been welcomed in other Galilean towns, Jesus then visited his childhood home of Nazareth (34).  He went as usual to the synagogue on the Sabbath . He stood up to read from the inspired scriptures & was handed the scroll of the prophet Isaiah. Jesus found & read this passage:

“The Spirit of God is upon me, because he has chosen me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives & to give sight to the blind, to set free the oppressed & to announce that the time has come when God will save his people.”

Then Jesus rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant, and sat down. All the people in the synagogue stared at him, and he said, “This prophecy has been fulfilled here, today.”

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Everyone was impressed with him and his eloquent speech. But some asked, “Isn’t he the son of Joseph?”

Jesus said to them, “I am sure that you will tell me the proverb: ‘Physician, heal yourself.’ You will also challenge me to do here in Nazareth the same things you heard that I did in Capernaum. But I know that a prophet is never truly welcomed in his hometown.

“Listen to these examples from the inspired scriptures. There were many widows in Israel during the time of Elijah, when there was no rain for three and a half years and a severe famine spread throughout the whole land. But Elijah was not sent to anyone in Israel; he was sent only to a widow living in Zarephath in the Gentile territory of Sidon.

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“Also, there were many people who lived in Israel & suffered from leprosy during the time of the prophet Elisha. But Elisha brought healing only to Naaman the Syrian, another Gentile.”

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When the people in the synagogue heard this, they were enraged at the suggestion that God would show favor to Gentiles instead of Jews. So they dragged Jesus out of the synagogue and took him to a cliff at the edge of Nazareth.

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They meant to throw him over the cliff, but he walked through the middle of the crowd and went his way.

 

(34) Luke 4:16-30