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Lesson # Luke 4:29-32
Study Material - Luke 4:29-32
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29 and they rose up and cast Him out of the city, and led Him to the brow of the hill on which their city had been built, in order to throw Him down the cliff. 30 But passing through their midst, He went His way. 31 And He came down to Capernaum, a city of Galilee. And He was teaching them on the Sabbath; 32 and they were amazed at His teaching, for His message was with authority.
So yesterday we saw Jesus in the middle of his explanation as to why He would not be doing miracles in Nazareth, and that He would not be setting up His headquarters there either.
Suddenly they were filled with rage (from the previous verse), 'thumos', wrath, indignation, hard breathing, fierce. They were insulted thoroughly - sinners, carnal people, indifferent people, wear their feelings on their sleeves. They are easily insulted. And Jesus had not really said anything to insult them. But they reacted and almost in a knee jerk instance.
They as a group rose up, 'anistemi', to stand up, bolt upward, to interrupt. They interrupted Jesus right in the middle of His talk. They prevented Him from continuing with His explanation of sin, its wrong attitude, the repercussions of what happens when a person is negative toward Bible doctrine, and the opportunity that awaits anyone who changes their mind (repents), toward Bible doctrine.
They thrust, 'ekballo', to cast out, drive, send away without physical contact. They were filed with rage such that they were breathing hard, extremely upset, almost to the point of hyperventilation, yelling, screaming, pointing to the door, to the city gate. Their language was laced with - well - the slang of their day. Today we have our four letter word group, and they certainly had their 'French' phrases of foul language, curses and such.
Now remember that this same Jesus, the son of the carpenter, had lived with them for 30 years, except for the time he spent in Egypt as an infant. So they got to know Him quite well. He was their quiet, respected, confident young man. But now He returns only after a little over a year away from them. They have heard the stories of miracles. They have heard the stories of His claims about Himself. What good could ever come out of Nazareth? Well not much more than Jesus it would appear.
They were negative to the core, superficial, easily insulted, but not very courageous. They yelled at Him to leave. Threatened Him with death from being thrown off the cliff just outside of town.
Jesus rose up and left, with the crowd following and yelling at Him. He walked right through them and went on His way. He went back to Capernaum. There he was met with a mix of Jews and Gentiles who were positive. People who were literally amazed at all He had to say. Yet He spoke just the same as He had spoken in Nazareth. But in Capernaum His words were received as from one carrying authority.
Nazareth who knew Him, rejected Him. Capernaum who did not know Him, received Him. Often times the truth is very near to us and we ignore it. By closing our eyes we miss out on a lot of things in our life. Bible doctrine opens up our eyes, our minds. It gives us the alertness we need in order to take notice of life around us, to perceive it, to understand it, to appreciate it, and best of all, to grow up spiritually.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
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Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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