PS@Demand of miracle

Luke 4:14-30
Isaiah 61:1-3

T s debut of Jesus

@Jesus, appeared before people to begin His ministry finally, after won the temptation of the devil in the wilderness and exceeded a hurdle to start activity as the Messiah. Luke conveys such state with an independent parenthesis precisely again. "And Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit; and news about Him spread through all the surrounding district. And He began teaching in their synagogues and was praised by all."(4:14-15)@There is it, "He was praised by all"; people would have begun to think Jesus as the Messiah. In the public life of Jesus during about 3 years, it seems that He would be in a Jewish district (Jerusalem neighborhood) in the first year, and in the next year, He would be in Galilee, and in the last year, He would be traveling to Jerusalem while stopping in many places with disciples. About for first one year, only John treated it, but, Matthew, Mark, Luke began it from the activity in Galilee; but each editing policy is different in these three Gospels, and Luke is going to begin it from Jesus of Nazareth. Perhaps this article seems to be the thing of more later (Matthew says, it is before a few days leaving from Galilee. 13:53-58); however, we wont to see Luke's intention that he put this as His first activity and his message including "Jesus is the Messiah".


@"And He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up; and as was His custom, He entered the synagogue on the Sabbath, and stood up to read. And the book of the prophet Isaiah was handed to Him. And He opened the book, and found the place where it was written, 'The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor. he has sent Me to proclaim release to the captives, and recovery of sight to the blind, to set free those who are downtrodden, to proclaim the favorable year of the Lord.'" (16-19)@"To stand up", it is the declaration of intention to read the Bible, at the time of worship in a Jewish synagogue on the Sabbath. To tell one's message in the synagogue was usual practice when the person who wants to be a teacher and the prophet who were not yet known to people made their debut. Because Jesus did not yet have His foothold, He would make the tour of synagogue in the same way as new faces. Jesus who sat in the general attendance seat stood up and stepped forward. A state of quite innocent Jesus would be remembered.


U As the One who was sent

@The scroll which Jesus was handed was a book of prophet Isaiah (perhaps, it was the last scroll of separate volume); (Luke introduced this in Greek translation). Jesus has been brought up in Nazareth and was going to worship of the Sabbath all the time, and He received the education of the child times in this synagogue. Surely, He would be able to hear explanation of Isaiah 61:1-2 from teachers many times, and would read it many times by Himself. It is unclear how Jesus took this point at that time, but it seems that He would put great interest at this place by having opened this point immediately, at least. For the Jew, the appearance of the One who "proclaim the favorable year of the Lord" was was what was looking forward to for a long time.

@Jews faced the One as "the Messiah" whom the Lord sent. The Messiah was told that He was the King of the new times poured oil from God, and the One who succeeded the throne of David who established Israeli glory. There is it; "He was anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor. He has set Me to proclaim release to the captives, and ...", and it means that He is "The One who save us from the situation of every present misfortune", for the people. The social confusion, people was squeezed out of a few rich people, and poor person became poor more and more; and robbery, murder, bribe were seemed in every day, and such every crime would have become worst in that time. Because it was such times, people lost the way to God and expected the mediator who would be between God and them; and the Messiah was expected as such One rightly.

@Jesus stood before attendance as such Messiah. The words of Isaiah, which Jesus read many times and heard again and again, gave off the brilliance bright as testimony to show Himself, now. Jesus closed the scroll and handed it to a person in charge, and sat in the place. Sit down, it is a signal that a message would be told. Here, there is it; "And He began to say to them 'Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.'"(21) and "And all were speaking well of Him, and wondering at the gracious words which were falling from His lips;"(22). So that, it tends to be thought to be that this long message of Jesus is just the first part; however, from this message, it is felt this is a document of the first reporter who gave this to Luke; he summarized a center point of the message of Jesus (as the memo?). That reporter took it that Jesus declared loudly that "He Himself is the Messiah definitely". Perhaps he would hear the message of Jesus with his ear in the synagogue of Nazareth on that day. And he believed Jesus. Therefore, this short message was able to become all messages of Jesus, I think. Jesus said "Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.". The One who Isaiah talked about "He has sent Me"; that sent person is Me, it was a message of Jesus.


V Demand of miracle

@However, the people of Nazareth heard a message of Jesus and said "this person was a child of Joseph" and despised Him, and did not accept Him. They took the message of Jesus definitely. Therefore they heard the center of message as the Messiah declaration, "Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.". And they still denied it. It is right we modern people. We do not accept the Gospel of the cross at the center though we heard it. Don't you think so?

@Jesus said to them. "No doubt you will quote this proverb to Me, 'Physician, heal yourself! Whatever we heard was done at Capernaum, do here in your home town as well.' And He said, 'Truly I say to you, no prophet is welcome in his home town.'" (23-24). Jesus knew what people of Nazareth demanded from Him. They demanded, "If you are the Messiah, you heal the sick person and send the demon out of the person possessed by a demon, and show us that evidence!". The people of Nazareth would hear the miracle of Jesus performed in town of Capernaum and each places of Galilee. We may think that the independent phrase by Luke which was inserted in 14-15 was written down considering the people of Nazareth. However, Jesus did not perform such a miracle; and He said, "But I say unto you in truth, there were many widows in Israel in the days of Elijah, when the sky was shut up for three years and six months, when a great famine came over all the land; and yet Elijah was sent to none of them, but only to Zarephath, in the land of Sidon, to a woman who was a widow. And there were many lepers in Israel in the time of Elijah the prophet; and none of them was cleansed, but only Naaman the Syrian." (25-27); and He did not cover the disappointment to the people who sat on the consciousness of "the selection people".

@They were filled with rage and rose up and cast Him out of the city, and led Him to the brow of hill on which their city had been built, in order to throw Him down the cliff. Because Jesus declared Himself the Messiah, they felt it was profanity to God. They demanded a miracle for their assent (it is never faith). And, it might be the same as for modern us. However, we must learn that Jesus abandoned a miracle in the fight with the devil for Himself. In a charcoal fire of the anger of people of Nazareth who fixed Jesus the death with the unsatisfied thought, the cross of Jesus would seem to float.


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