HIPP VISUAL MINISTRIES - NEWLY FOUND ENEMIES - ALTAMONT, TN
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NEWLY FOUND ENEMIES



As we go about serving God we may find that we have discovered some NEWLY FOUND ENEMIES, as Jesus did in Nazareth.

Brothers, follow along with me as I teach from the book of Mark & Luke, and show how Jesus was rejected in his own home town. See here that Jesus returned to his home town of Nazareth. Here he did teach in his home synagogue, those same people who had watched him grow from a child into a young man. There were friends, and family members present as he taught.

Watch as they reject Jesus of Nazareth as he returned to his home town.

Mark 6: / KJV

1And he went out from thence, and came into his own country; and his disciples follow him.

2And when the sabbath day was come, he began to teach in the synagogue: and many hearing him were astonished, saying, From whence hath this man these things? and what wisdom is this which is given unto him, that even such mighty works are wrought by his hands?

3Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? and are not his sisters here with us? And they were offended at him.

4But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, but in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house.

LUKE 4: / KJV

28And all they in the synagogue, when they heard these things, were filled with wrath, 

29And rose up, and thrust him out of the city, and led him unto the brow of the hill whereon their city was built, that they might cast him down headlong. 
30But he passing through the midst of them went his way,
My brothers, these people of Nazareth who had watched him grow up among themselves, knew him as the carpenters son, and a carpenter himself. They marveled at his spoken words and his teaching, there in the very Synagogue, in which he had attended when he yet lived in Nazareth.   

We are told here in verse 2 that many were astonished at his words. They said among themselves where did this man attain such wisdom, and why is this wisdom given to him, that he is able to perform these mighty works? They now referred to his healing the sick, and dying, and even raising the dead.
They continued by naming all of his brothers by name, and saying that his sisters still lived there among them in Nazareth.
In verse 28 above we are told that all who were there in the synagogue when they heard Jesus speak these great and mighty words, were filled with wrath. To the point that they rose up and physically pushed and shoved him out of his home town. They lead Jesus to the top of a hill where they intended to throw him off headlong.
Wow! Do you see here that these people had known Jesus from a child. But, instead of receiving the truth of his message, from God for them. They choose rather not to believe anything that he had said, and even attempted to kill him. However God, intervened on his behalf, and allowed him to walk through the very midst of this mob, and leave Nazareth unseen, and unharmed.
4But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, but in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house.
Brothers, Jesus summoned it up here in verse 4 as only He could, in his great wisdom from God the Father. He says here that a prophet has honor among the people of God. But, this same prophet, a man of God, will find no honor, in his own country, nor among his own kin, nor in his own house.
Brothers, please to not be discouraged in your Christian walk on this earth. There is probably nothing that you would like more than for your teaching, witnessing, and the acceptance of your gifts that God has given you, than for those things to be received by your own kin, those of your own house, and those of your own town or community. Be not discouraged in your work that the Lord would have you do.
How could you or I think that we could accomplish that that Jesus could not. It is not that the people of Nazareth would not hear from God. It is that God would have to use someone who was not of their house, their kin, or country, to bring His truth to them.
Brothers, I am sure that you, in your own Christian walk, have found this to be true. I know that I certainly have, and many, many more of my fellow believers whom I have met, and known in my walk with God, have testified before me this very fact.
Be not discouraged, but be willing to serve God where He would have you be, and that may not be among your own people. It may not be in the town or community that you have grown up in. But if you seek God's wisdom, in how you are to use the gifts that He has given you, then know that He will put you where you are to be.
God Bless you my brothers,
John HippHVM - C61015