Re:Verse reading–Luke 4:14-30 (day four)
V. 18 – Jesus reads from the scroll of Isaiah…in our Scriptures, it is Isaiah 61 and 58. This passage was written following the Babylonian exile. It was a passage recognized by the Jews as a messianic passage. The Jewish concept of the messiah was a warrior who would exalt Israel and free their nation from their oppressors. In Luke 4, the Jews of Nazareth waited to hear what Jesus, one of their own, would say about this passage. “It is fulfilled today in your hearing…” Not what they expected to hear! Jesus was giving a view into His ministry in Galilee. (He would meet spiritual needs as well as a physical needs.) He was claiming to be the messiah, but He did meet with their expectations. They rejected His claim.
How do you reject Jesus? If Scripture does not say what you think it ought to say…do you reject it? Or ignore it? Or justify it? We are quick to condemn the Jews of Nazareth, but are we guilty as well?