Rejected in Nazareth AgainMark 6:1-6 (Also found in Matthew 13:54-58.)
Remember as he was beginning his ministry, Jesus went to Nazareth. He went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up and read Isaiah 61:1-2.
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, to preach the acceptable year of the Lord.
And he said to them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.
And all the people in the synagogue rose up, and thrust him out of the city. They would have killed him, but he passed through their midst and went his way.
(See Luke 4:14-31 for the complete story.)
Now in Mark 6 (over a year later), Jesus went into his own country of Nazareth, and his disciples follow him. On the sabbath day, he began to teach in the synagogue.
Many hearing him were astonished.
What were some questions the people asked?
- Where did this Man get these things?
- What wisdom is this which is given to Him, that such mighty works are performed by His hands?
- Isn’t this the carpenter, the Son of Mary, and brother of James, Joses, Judas, and Simon?
- Aren’t His sisters here with us?
They were offended at him.
Matthew 11:6 says, Blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me.
Jesus said, A prophet is not without honor, but in his own country, and among his own kin and his own house.
And he could do no mighty work there, save that he laid his hands upon a few sick folk. And he marveled because of their unbelief.
In Matthew 9:29, Jesus touched the eyes of two blind men and said, According to your faith be it unto you. So we see belief played a part in the healing. In Nazareth, the unbelief of the people prevented Jesus from healing them.
And he went round about the villages, teaching.