5.3 Rejected after Preaching in His Hometown Synagogue

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Feb 14 5.3 Coming to Nazareth, where he grew up, Jesus went into the synagogue on the Sabbath as usual.

He stood and read from the scroll of Isaiah given to him, after finding this passage,

“The Lords Spirit has anointed me,

to preach good news to the poor,

to heal the broken-hearted,

to proclaim freedom to captives,

the recovery of sight to the blind,

to release the oppressed,

and to proclaim the year of the Lords favor.”

All eyes were on him as he finished and sat down. Then he said, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your ears.” Everyone praised him, and the words1 of grace that came from his mouth amazed them, and they asked, “Isnt2 this Josephs son?”

Jesus said, “Surely you will quote me this proverb,              Physician,3 heal yourself, do here at home what we heard you did in Capernaum. Truly, no prophet is accepted in his hometown.

Feb 15 In Elijahs day, during the three-and-a-half year severe famine, he wasnt sent to the many widows here in Israel, but to a widow in Zarephath of Sidon. And of many lepers in Israel during Elishas time, none was cleansed but Naaman the Syrian.” Jesus words enraged all the synagogue. They rose and took him out to the edge of the hill on which the town was built in order to push him off, but he escaped from their midst.4