Without Honour #2

Thursday, March 19, 2020

But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, but in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house (Mark 6:4 KJV).

What valuable lesson can we learn from Nazareth—a moral the Nazarenes deliberately failed to learn?

Jesus’ mother Mary and legal father Joseph were from Nazareth, a town in Galilee or northern Israel (Luke 1:26; Luke 2:4). They moved south to tiny Bethlehem Judah for His birth (Luke 2:4-7), before returning north to Nazareth (Luke 2:39). When King Herod the Great purposed to kill young Jesus—approximately two years of age—the angel of the Lord instructed Joseph to take Jesus and Mary down into Egypt (Matthew 2:13-18).

Matthew chapter 2 continues: “[19] But when Herod was dead, behold, an angel of the Lord appeareth in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, [20] Saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and go into the land of Israel: for they are dead which sought the young child’s life. [21] And he arose, and took the young child and his mother, and came into the land of Israel. [22] But when he heard that Archelaus did reign in Judaea in the room of his father Herod, he was afraid to go thither: notwithstanding, being warned of God in a dream, he turned aside into the parts of Galilee: [23] And he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, He shall be called a Nazarene.”

Luke chapter 2 summarizes Christ’s childhood: “[51] And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject unto them: but his mother kept all these sayings in her heart. [52] And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.” When His earthly ministry begins, He is about age 30 years (Luke 3:23). After spending almost His entire three decades of life growing up in Nazareth, He travels south to be water baptized of John the Baptist in the Jordan River (Matthew 4:13). Therefore, Nazareth is Jesus’ “own country” (Matthew 13:54; cf. today’s Scripture).

The Nazarenes know the Lord Jesus Christ better than anyone else. Yet, the sad reality is they mistreat Him like everyone else….