Earlier this week I jotted down a few observations about verses in this passage. Here are some of them:
14 — Remember: This comes right after the record of His 40 days of fasting and the temptations which followed.
15 — His message was well-received through-out all Galilee, until He arrived in Nazareth, where they had known Him for a long time. He soon experienced murderous rejection there.
21 — What a stunning message He had for the people of His hometown! He told them they were witnessing, right then and there, the fulfillment of the ancient prophecy about the Messiah.
22 — The Greek term translated gracious is far more often translated grace. They marveled at the words of grace than came out of His mouth. May grace-giving words come from our mouths!
29 — It seems He was telling them that they were rejected whereas the people of Capernaum were accepted. Whatever the case, He allowed Himself to be manhandled for a while.
30 — Did they suddenly lose sight of Him? Did He abruptly make it so they could no longer hold Him? We aren’t told, but it all sounds so matter-of-fact. One good lesson for us: All our interactions with Jesus are on His terms.
32 — Back in Capernaum, the people also responded to the wonder and authority of His teaching.
Here are some excerpts from older material of mine: Read it all