Daily Devotional

July 29


by Henry T. Vriesen

Luke 4

“Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee: and a fame went out of him, through all the region round about. And he taught in the synagogues, being glorified by all. And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up; and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day.”

“And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he opened the book, he found the place (Isa. 61) where it was written, The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, to preach the acceptable year of the Lord.

And he closed the book, and he gave it to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him. And he began to say to them, Today is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.” We regret that the sermon hath not been recorded, for we are told, “And all bare him witness, and wondered at the gracious words which proceedeth out of his mouth. And they said, Is not this Joseph’s son?”

“And he said to them, Ye will surely say unto me this proverb, Physician, heal thyself: whatsoever we have heard done in Capernaum, do also here in thy country. And he said, Verily, I say unto you, no prophet is acceptable in his own country! But I tell you of a truth, many widows were in Israel in the days of Elias, when great famine was throughout all the land; but unto none of them was Elias sent, save unto Sarepta, a city in Sidon, unto a woman that was a widow. And many lepers were in Israel in the time of Eliseus the prophet; and none of them was cleansed, saving Naaman the Syrian.” The people at Nazareth were eager to see miracles, but Jesus did not satisfy their curiosity. They would not accept him as the Son of God, and took him for a mere man. They did not realize that he came to seek and to save the lost. “And he marveled because of their unbelief.”

“And all they in the synagogue, when they heard these things, were filled with wrath, and rose up and thrust him out of the city, and led him unto the brow of the hill whereon their city was built, that they might cast him down headlong. But he passing through the midst of them went his way.” No harm was done to him. He departed from Nazareth and came down and dwelt in Capernaum, a city by the sea of Galilee.

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