Year of the Bible – Luke 4

Epiphany - Luke 4

 

 

“I tell you the truth,” he continued, “no prophet is accepted in his hometown.” – Luke 4:24

Luke 4:14-37

Jesus began his ministry in the region of Galilee, where He had grown up. As long as He was preaching and teaching in areas that were outside of His hometown, He was well received. But when He returned to Nazareth, this one who had grown up before the eyes of men as a humble carpenter’s son—that this one was the Son of God—this reason and experience could not be accepted. By what standards could anyone know the Christ? Jesus read from the prophet Isaiah: “The Spirit of the Lord is on me because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor…freedom for the prisoners…recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed.” These are the signs of God’s covenantal people, those who know God and are His children. These mark the God of Israel when He comes into the flesh for the purpose of redeeming His creation. The people of Nazareth could not accept that one from among their own people, one who did not fit their self-exalted notions of personal grandeur, could be their savior, a savior of grace. In unbelief they put Him to the test, demanding miracles and signs—which of course, would have been of no value to them because of their lack of faith. Jesus reminded them of the ministry of Elijah. When Israel rejected God, God chose the Gentiles. Unable to constrain themselves at this insult, the Nazarenes rushed at Jesus to kill Him. So Jesus went to Capernaum, a small town on the north side of the Sea of Galilee. There the Son of God delivered the poor and oppressed with mere words, and His teaching and preaching was received in faith.

Questions – Luke 4

  1. Where did Jesus first begin to preach?
  2. What was the problem of the people of Nazareth—why could they not believe in Jesus as the Messiah?
  3. What was the work of the Messiah, as Jesus expressed it from Isaiah?
  4. Why were they angry at the suggestion that God would give His grace and love to the Gentiles?
  5. What city did receive Jesus and serve as the base for much of His ministry?
  6. What must we possess before the Word of God is of benefit to us?
Year of the Bible – Epiphany Week Two | Thursday | Luke 4 – © John W. Fiene