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Daily Reading: Genesis 42:18-43:34 ESV, Matthew 13:47-14:12 ESV, Psalm 18:16-36 ESV, Proverbs 4:7-10 ESV

Daily Verse: “And they took offense at him. But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his hometown and in his own household.” (Matthew 13:57 ESV)

PROPHETES (4396): “Foreteller, an inspired speaker. One who speaks forth or openly, a proclaimer of a divine message. In general, ‘the prophet’ was one of whom the Spirit of God rested, one to whom and through whom God speaks.”[i]

Unbelief stunts growth.

People who knew Jesus best didn’t believe in His divinity.  Human logic couldn’t comprehend Jesus’s prophetic words. As a proclaimer of God’s message, Jesus was a prophet.  Unfortunately, people in His hometown only saw Him as a carpenter.  They couldn’t see past the ordinary to the extraordinary.

Family relationships are complex.  Transitioning from childhood connections into adult ones means allowing people to grow.   Unfortunately, reputations are hard to erase.

“An offended friend is harder to win back than a fortified city.  Arguments separate friends like a gate locked with bars.” (Proverbs 18:19 NLT)

No one knows our faults like family.  If they can’t let go of who you were, they won’t accept who you’ve become.

Share God’s message.

Jesus understood the unbelief of the His hometown people.  Recognizing their inability to hear His message, Jesus did as much as He could, then left.  Whatever the reason, the Nazarenes rejected God’s Son, unable to receive the news Jesus shared with them.

Following Jesus transforms our lives.  His prophetic message becomes ours.  Sharing the good news of Christ with others becomes our mission.  Unfortunately, not everyone will want to listen.    Like the people of Nazareth, close family and friends can’t see past what you were to know what you have become.  Persevere anyway.

Jesus didn’t stop His ministry because the Nazarenes didn’t believe in Him.  Instead, Jesus accepted them as they were, planted seeds where possible, then continued His journey elsewhere.  When faced with people who aren’t interested in Jesus, follow His example.  Nurture them to the best of your ability, don’t take it personally, keep moving forward on your journey.  You never know when a well-planted seed will take root and grow. 

Plant seeds abundantly, water whenever you can, trust God to make them grow.  Proclaim God’s message to all who will listen.

[i] Strong, J., & Strong, J. (2010). The New Strong’s expanded exhaustive concordance of the Bible. (pp. 216-217) Thomas Nelson

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