Rejection in His Own Country

Luke 4:14-32

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

The Believer’s Motivating Hope

2 Peter 3

“Where is the promise of his coming?” (4) “You have a dumb hope. A numbing hope. An opiate hope. Ignorant, really. Regressive.”

  • This scoffing led the world to the days of Noah.
  • and Sodom and Gomorrah to the days of Lot.
  • and the United States to the days of Mark.

Notice the Noah connection in verse 6 and the Lot connection in verse 7.

At the time 2 Peter was written, some 4,000 years had gone by since Creation. To the Lord, that would have been as four days. In four thousand years are over a million days. The scoffers have a problem with God’s “delay.” Four days out of a million just isn’t a troubling delay to me!

God is not slack, late, careless, or forgetful about His promise (9). We are the cause of His “delay.” Actually, it’s His longsuffering that’s the cause. It is of His mercy and compassion that we are not consumed (Lamentations 3:22).

Knowing of the coming day of the Lord (and the end of the heavens and the earth and all the works in the earth) should have an effect on our manner of being (11). How we are and how we live reflect our eternal perspective. May it be the perspective of our hope! Read it all

The Believer’s Deliverance

Righteousness keepeth him that is upright in the way (Proverbs 13:6)

2 Peter 2:1-14, 19-21

Deception among God’s people is nothing new (2 Peter 2:1). Neither is it something that the New Testament church is immune to.

As those who have been bought, redeemed, and rescued from perdition (2 Peter 2:1), let us beware lest we ourselves go back into it (Hebrews 10:39). May the way of truth never be blasphemed because of our living (2 Peter 2:2).

God provided Noah a way of escape (2 Peter 2:5), provided Noah believed and obeyed. Noah is a great example of faith at work doing the work of faith.

We live in a time when the example of Sodom and Gomorrha (2 Peter 2:6) is forgotten or ignored, explained away or shrugged off.

“And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked” (2 Peter 2:7). For me, this is one of the Bible’s great astonishing and convicting statements. I look at the witness of Scripture against Lot and I see a man who went further and further among the ungodly. Eventually he even offered up his virgin daughters for the sexual pleasure of perverted men! The time came when angels had to forcibly remove him from Sodom. “Just Lot” and “righteous man” indeed! And yet the licentious behavior around him wore at him. Read it all

Above all, love God!