Lea Luke 4
In today’s reading:
The temptation of Jesus; His teachings; His healings; the large number of fish; other miracles; the calling of Matthew
A ome people think they can praise God in a lake fishing or resting at home as in the church. But, on the contrary, Jesus recognized the need to honor God by regularly attending worship services. We read that He “taught in their synagogues” (Luke 4:15) while He was in Galilee. «He came to Nazareth, where he had grown up; and on the Sabbath He entered the synagogue, according to His custom, and got up to read ” (4:16). Jesus was invited to speak,“(And) he was given the book of the prophet Isaiah; and having opened the book, he found the place where it was written: The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to bring good news to the poor; He has sent me to heal the brokenhearted; to proclaim freedom to the captives. . . And rolling up the book, he gave it to the minister, and sat down ” (4: 17-20; see Isaiah 61: 1-2). The Scripture that Jesus read contained a very clear mention of the three Persons of the Trinity – The Holy Spirit, the Father, and the One Anointed One.
The people were amazed, “the eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fixed on Him. And He began to say to them: Today this Scripture has been fulfilled before you” (Luke 4: 20-21). They marveled at His “Words of grace” (4:22), but they also knew that He was clearly referring to Himself as the Messiah who had been prophesied by Isaiah and other of the prophets beginning with Genesis 3:15. We can imagine how shocked the people were when Jesus said that He Himself, whom they assumed was the “son. . . of Joseph ” (Luke 3:23), was their True Messiah that they had long awaited.
The congregation listening to Jesus was so enraged that He was equating Himself with God that they interrupted the worship service, “drove him out of town,” and tried to kill him for blaspheming by taking him to a peak. to knock him off. “But He passed through their midst, and went away” (4: 28-30). Luke clearly emphasized that Jesus Christ is God (the Messiah).
How easy it is to fall into the error of following the emotions instead of the truth revealed in the Word of God. In contrast to the Jews of Nazareth, a little later the Jews in Berea are seen who “were more noble than those in Thessalonica, for they received the Word with all solicitude, searching the Scriptures every day to see if these things were so” (Acts 17:11).
Thought for today:Let’s think about this: We have a great privilege to work for our Creator!
Memory Verse of the Week: Psalm 139: 16