Isaiah 61:1-2; Isaiah 58:6
Ephesians 4: 7-9
Luke 4: 14-30
Today is the eleventh day of the Lent season. Jesus went back to His hometown near the end of His first year of preaching. The people rejected Him and ran Him out of town. They even tried to throw Jesus off the cliff.
A Prophecy is when God tells someone something that will happen in the future, and it comes true. When Jesus returned to His hometown He went to the Synagog on the Sabbath and read from the Old Testament book of Isaiah. After He read the scripture He told the people that the Words that He read is fulfilled. That was telling the people that He was the person that Isaiah was writing about in the scripture.
(NOTE: Verse 16 reads that Jesus went to Nazareth. It was not at the start of His ministry but perhaps almost a year later. In verse 23 Jesus says "...Do here in your hometown what we heard that You did in Capernaum." The Gospel of Luke records Jesus being baptized, then being tempted by the devil in the desert (Chapter 4:1-13). The next story that Luke records is Jesus rejected in His own hometown. There are no stories mentioned in Luke of Jesus' first year of ministry. It seems that all of the events of John 1:19-4:42 occurred between Luke 4:13 and 4:14.)
This is the last story of Jesus' first year in ministry in our 40 day study. Some biblical writers call Jesus' first year in ministry as The Year of Inauguration. That means the year of His beginning of ministry.
Almighty and everlasting God, Thank you for this time of year that we remember what Jesus did for us so that we can become Your children, and live with you forever in heaven. Help us to learn more about You and Your Son from Your Word, the Bible. And help us to learn to say NO to sins and YES to obeying your commandments and spending more time with you. Thank you for being the God of all mercy, perfect remission and forgiveness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Isaiah 61:1 Hebrew; Septuagint the blind
“When he ascended on high,
he took many captives
and gave gifts to his people.”[b]
9 (What does “he ascended” mean except that he also descended to the lower, earthly regions[c]?
Ephesians 4:8 Or God
Ephesians 4:8 Psalm 68:18
Ephesians 4:9 Or the depths of the earth
18 “The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
because he has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
and recovery of sight for the blind,
to set the oppressed free,
19 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”[a]
20 Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him. 21 He began by saying to them, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”
22 All spoke well of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his lips. “Isn’t this Joseph’s son?” they asked.
23 Jesus said to them, “Surely you will quote this proverb to me: ‘Physician, heal yourself!’ And you will tell me, ‘Do here in your hometown what we have heard that you did in Capernaum.’”
24 “Truly I tell you,” he continued, “no prophet is accepted in his hometown. 25 I assure you that there were many widows in Israel in Elijah’s time, when the sky was shut for three and a half years and there was a severe famine throughout the land. 26 Yet Elijah was not sent to any of them, but to a widow in Zarephath in the region of Sidon. 27 And there were many in Israel with leprosy[b] in the time of Elisha the prophet, yet not one of them was cleansed—only Naaman the Syrian.”
28 All the people in the synagogue were furious when they heard this. 29 They got up, drove him out of the town, and took him to the brow of the hill on which the town was built, in order to throw him off the cliff. 30 But he walked right through the crowd and went on his way.
Luke 4:19 Isaiah 61:1,2 (see Septuagint); Isaiah 58:6
Luke 4:27 The Greek word traditionally translated leprosy was used for various diseases affecting the skin.
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Spiritual Blindness - Jesus story that happened after being thrown out of His hometown.
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The Old Testament and Gospel Bible Text is from NIV and copied from Bible Gateway.com