In Today's Scripture
Temptation of Jesus; His teachings; healings; the miraculous catch of fish; other miracles; the call of Matthew
Some think they can worship God just as well while on the lake fishing or at home resting as they can in church. In contrast, Jesus recognized the need to honor God by regularly attending worship services. We read that He taught in their synagogues while in
The Scripture Jesus read contained a clear mention of all three Persons of the Trinity — the Holy Spirit, the Father, and the Anointed One.
The people were amazed, And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on Him. And He began to say unto them, This day is this Scripture fulfilled in your ears (Luke 4:20-21). They marveled at His gracious words (4:22), but knew He clearly referred to Himself as the Messiah who had been foretold by Isaiah and other prophets beginning with Genesis 3:15. You can imagine how startled they were when Jesus said that He whom they assumed to be the son of Joseph (Luke 3:23) was really their long-awaited Messiah.
The congregation listening to Jesus was so infuriated at His equating Himself with God that they disrupted the worship service, seized Jesus, and attempted to put Him to death for blasphemy by pushing Him over a rocky precipice. But He passing through the midst of them went His way (4:28-30). Luke emphasized that Christ is God (the Messiah).
How easy it is to be mistaken when we follow emotions rather than the truth revealed in God's Word. In contrast to the Jews of Nazareth, later the Jews in Berea received the Word with all readiness of mind, for they searched the Scriptures daily, whether those things were so (Acts 17:11).
4:29 brow =b> cliff; 5:9 draught =b> catch; 5:27 publican =b> a tax collector for
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Memory Verse for the Week: Matthew 5:9