Friday, March 20, 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?
The Lord Jesus Christ’s first sermon recorded in Scripture is found in Luke chapter 4. Verse 16 starts, “And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read.” Nazareth is where He grew up, so He is well-known here. He visits their synagogue and describes His ministry—which has just begun—by reading to them Isaiah chapter 61.
“ And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him.  And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.  And all bare him witness, and wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of his mouth. And they said, Is not this Joseph’s son?” (Pay attention to their question in verse 22. It is highly significant to the issue we are currently discussing, so we will return to it later.)
“ And he said unto them, Ye will surely say unto me this proverb, Physician, heal thyself: whatsoever we have heard done in Capernaum, do also here in thy country.  And he said, Verily I say unto you, No prophet is accepted in his own country.  But I tell you of a truth, many widows were in Israel in the days of Elias [Elijah], when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, when great famine was throughout all the land;  But unto none of them was Elias sent, save unto Sarepta, a city of Sidon, unto a woman that was a widow.  And many lepers were in Israel in the time of Eliseus [Elisha] the prophet; and none of them was cleansed, saving Naaman the Syrian.”
Let us see how Nazareth responds to Jesus’ first sermon….