Amazed-Mark 6:1-6

Mark 6:1-6 “Jesus left there and went to his hometown, accompanied by his disciples. 2 When the Sabbath came, he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were amazed. “Where did this man get these things?” they asked. “What’s this wisdom that has been given him that he even does miracles! 3 Isn’t this the carpenter? Isn’t this Mary’s son and the brother of James, Joseph, Judas and Simon? Aren’t his sisters here with us?” And they took offense at him. 4 Jesus said to them, “Only in his hometown, among his relatives and in his own house is a prophet without honor.”  5 He could not do any miracles there, except lay his hands on a few sick people and heal them. 6 And he was amazed at their lack of faith.”
Marco 6:1-6 “Poi partì di là e andò nel suo paese e i suoi discepoli lo seguirono.
2 Venuto il sabato, si mise a insegnare nella sinagoga; molti, udendolo, si stupivano e dicevano: «Da dove gli vengono queste cose? Che sapienza è questa che gli è data? E che cosa sono queste opere potenti fatte per mano sua? 3 Non è questi il falegname, il figlio di Maria, e il fratello di Giacomo, di Iose, di Giuda e di Simone? Le sue sorelle non stanno qui da noi?» E si scandalizzavano a causa di lui. 4 Ma Gesù diceva loro: «Nessun profeta è disprezzato se non nella sua patria, fra i suoi parenti e in casa sua». 5 E non vi poté fare alcuna opera potente, ad eccezione di pochi malati a cui impose le mani e li guarì. 6 E si meravigliava della loro incredulità.”
 
     This is one of the most surprising accounts in the life of Jesus. After having performed many miracles, He enters His hometown where the controversy over His life still pervades the conversation. Notice the remarks of the people about Mary, the mother of Jesus. “Isn’t this Mary’s son…?” This is really meant as a derogatory statement because Joseph is not mentioned and presumably they considered Jesus an illegitimate son. Their hostility is expressed by asking the question of how God could be connected with someone whose very existence carries such a disturbing background and was known as a carpenter. Jesus answers their unbelief by quoting a familiar proverb In Nazareth: “Only in his hometown…a prophet is without honor.” The Old Testament paints many of the prophets as being without honor as they tried to preach to people’s unbelief.
     The text then reveals that because of their persistent refusal to believe, Jesus could only do a few miracles there among those who believed. This is certainly not a question of the limitation of Jesus’ power but more of a comment about the nature of God to answer the prayers of those who have faith to believe. In the same way, when the Holy Spirit is grieved (Ephesians 4:30), God will graciously not force His will upon someone. In Stephen’s last sermon, he proclaimed to his persecutors, “You always resist the Holy Spirit.” (Acts 7:51).
    The last verse says Jesus “was amazed at their lack of faith.” Twice in the Scriptures it says “Jesus was amazed”: once to the Roman centurion for his faith and then here to the faithless in His own hometown. Sadly, as far as we know, Jesus never returned to Nazareth.
Pray with me: Lord, I too am amazed that people can be so resistant to Your work in their lives. Help me to be faithful to You even when only a few respond in faith.


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