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The Bible passage for meditation, prayer, and reflection for the week of May 11 - May 17, 2014, is Luke 4:16-30.This week's reading focuses on the reaction of Jesus' hometown upon learning the truth.

 

And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up. And as was his custom, he went to the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and he stood up to read. And the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written,

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor.He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor.”

And he rolled up the scroll and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. And he began to say to them,“Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.” And all spoke well of him and marveled at the gracious words that were coming from his mouth. And they said, “Is not this Joseph's son?” And he said to them, Doubtless you will quote to me this proverb, ‘Physician, heal yourself.’ What we have heard you did at Capernaum, do here in your hometown as well.” And he said, “Truly, I say to you, no prophet is acceptable in his hometown. But in truth, I tell you, there were many widows in Israel in the days of Elijah, when the heavens were shut up three years and six months, and a great famine came over all the land, and 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 the prophet Elisha, and none of them was cleansed, but only Naaman the Syrian.” When they heard these things, all in the synagogue were filled with wrath. And they rose up and drove him out of the town and brought him to the brow of the hill on which their town was built, so that they could throw him down the cliff. But passing through their midst, he went away. (Luke 4:16-30 ESV)

 

People from Nazareth thought they knew Jesus.He was the son of Joseph, a carpenter, and Mary.He was no one special.How dare He come and claim to be fulfilling the scriptures!It was not an uncommon reaction.If your neighbor or childhood friend suddenly proclaimed to be the Christ, what would your reaction be?Would you demand proof, like the people of Nazareth?Even today, many people demand proof before being willing to believe.Our faith in Christ, our trust in the Lord, our relationship with Him is one of faith.We are to believe without seeing proof (John 20:29, 2 Corinthians 5:7).

 

Look outside.Do you see the sun?The clouds?The grass?The trees?Mountains?Oceans?That is our proof.That is the work of the Lord.As you meditate on, pray over, and reflect upon this week's verse, consider your relationship with the Lord?Are you demanding signs in order to strengthen your relationship or do you believe and considered miracles a gift?

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