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passed through their midst

31 Jan

Then he began to say to them, “Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.”  All spoke well of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his mouth. They said, “Is not this Joseph’s son?” He said to them, “Doubtless you will quote to me this proverb, ‘Doctor, cure yourself!’ And you will say, ‘Do here also in your hometown the things that we have heard you did at Capernaum.’”  And he said, “Truly I tell you, no prophet is accepted in the prophet’s hometown. But the truth is, there were many widows in Israel in the time of Elijah, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, and there was a severe famine over all the land; yet Elijah was sent to none of them except to a widow at Zarephath in Sidon. There were also many lepers in Israel in the time of the prophet Elisha, and none of them was cleansed except Naaman the Syrian.” When they heard this, all in the synagogue were filled with rage. They got up, drove him out of the town, and led him to the brow of the hill on which their town was built, so that they might hurl him off the cliff. But he passed through the midst of them and went on his way. (Luke 4:21-30, NRSV)

No prophet is accepted in their hometown.

Elijah healed those who were not Jews. Those who were not a part of God’s chosen people.

And because Jesus brought up these stories the people were enraged.

They wanted to throw Him off a cliff, but He passed through their midst…

How many times are we upset because of what someone else gets?

The healing that eludes us or our loved ones, but sets someone else free.

The promotion we get passed over for while our friend gets a new great job.

Is Jesus passing through our midst, trying to elude our attempts to throw Him off a cliff?

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