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: “ But when Herod was dead, behold, an angel of the Lord appeareth in a dream to Joseph in Egypt,  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.  And he arose, and took the young child and his mother, and came into the land of Israel.  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:  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: “ 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.  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….