A Prophet Is Not Without Honor Except In His Hometown
Jesus makes this point at the beginning of His ministry. When the people in His hometown realized that He claimed to be much more than their homeboy, they rejected Him. Will we reject Him, too?
- Jesus announces Himself as the New Main Character in the New Season of God’s story of redemption
- The inauguration of the new messianic age of the Lord’s Jubilee and spiritual debt forgiveness is Good News
- Jesus was the long-awaited Prophet (cf. Dt. 18:18) who was Anointed by the Spirit of God (cf. Lk 3:21-22) to proclaim the Good News to the “poor” – those spiritually humble and dependent on God
- Like the OT prophets, He was rejected by His own. He proclaimed the Lord’s favor, but wasn’t received favorably.
- Like Elijah and Elisha, His ministry is not limited to the Jews; He also brings deliverance to the Gentiles
- More than a son of Joseph, He is the Son of God (Lk 1:32,35; 3:22). Savior not only of Israel, but the World
- Salvation is not based on family, ethnicity, or geography – it’s about one’s response to Christ’s words of grace: reception or rejection (cf. Jn 1:10-13)
Greek Text (UBS5)
22 Καὶ πάντες ἐμαρτύρουν αὐτῷ καὶ ἐθαύμαζον ἐπὶ τοῖς λόγοις τῆς χάριτος τοῖς ἐκπορευομένοις ἐκ τοῦ στόματος αὐτοῦ καὶ ἔλεγον, Οὐχὶ υἱός ἐστιν Ἰωσὴφ οὗτος; 23 καὶ εἶπεν πρὸς αὐτούς, Πάντως ἐρεῖτέ μοι τὴν παραβολὴν ταύτην· Ἰατρέ, θεράπευσον σεαυτόν· ὅσα ἠκούσαμεν γενόμενα εἰς τὴν Καφαρναοὺμ ποίησον καὶ ὧδε ἐν τῇ πατρίδι σου.
24 εἶπεν δέ, Ἀμὴν λέγω ὑμῖν ὅτι οὐδεὶς προφήτης δεκτός ἐστιν ἐν τῇ πατρίδι αὐτοῦ. 25 ἐπʼ ἀληθείας δὲ λέγω ὑμῖν, πολλαὶ χῆραι ἦσαν ἐν ταῖς ἡμέραις Ἠλίου ἐν τῷ Ἰσραήλ, ὅτε ἐκλείσθη ὁ οὐρανὸς ἐπὶ ἔτη τρία καὶ μῆνας ἕξ, ὡς ἐγένετο λιμὸς μέγας ἐπὶ πᾶσαν τὴν γῆν, 26 καὶ πρὸς οὐδεμίαν αὐτῶν ἐπέμφθη Ἠλίας εἰ μὴ εἰς Σάρεπτα τῆς Σιδωνίας πρὸς γυναῖκα χήραν. 27 καὶ πολλοὶ λεπροὶ ἦσαν ἐν τῷ Ἰσραὴλ ἐπὶ Ἐλισαίου τοῦ προφήτου, καὶ οὐδεὶς αὐτῶν ἐκαθαρίσθη εἰ μὴ Ναιμὰν ὁ Σύρος.
28 καὶ ἐπλήσθησαν πάντες θυμοῦ ἐν τῇ συναγωγῇ ἀκούοντες ταῦτα 29 καὶ ἀναστάντες ἐξέβαλον αὐτὸν ἔξω τῆς πόλεως καὶ ἤγαγον αὐτὸν ἕως ὀφρύος τοῦ ὄρους ἐφʼ οὗ ἡ πόλις ᾠκοδόμητο αὐτῶν ὥστε κατακρημνίσαι αὐτόν 30 αὐτὸς δὲ διελθὼν διὰ μέσου αὐτῶν ἐπορεύετο.1
22 Everyone spoke well of Him and marveled concerning the gracious words that came from His mouth and said, “Isn’t this Joseph’s son?” 23 And He said to them, “Surely you will say to me this proverb: Physician, heal yourself. Do all that we have heard has come to pass in Capernaum in your hometown, as well.”
24 But He said, “Amen, I say to you that no prophet is favored in his hometown. 25 In truth, I say to you, many widows were there in the days of Elijah in Israel, when the heavens were shut for three years and six months as a great famine came upon all the land. 26 And to none of them was Elijah sent — but only to Zarephath in Sidon to a woman who was a widow. 27 Also, there were many lepers in Israel around the time of Elisha the prophet, and none of them were healed — but only Naaman the Syrian.”
28 Everyone in the synagogue was filled with rage when they heard these things. 29 They rose up, drove him out of the city, and led him up to the edge of the mountain upon which their town had been built — in order to throw him off. 30 But passing through their midst, He went away.
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