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Saturday, April 16 2016

Luke 4: Why Did The Messiah Leave Nazareth?

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

The Messiah's Ministry began with His baptism, by John the Baptist, in the Jordan River (see John's Voice In The Wilderness Prophecy). The event marked the successful completion of John's prophesied "prepare the way" ministry and the beginning of the Messiah's task of restoring humanity and Paradise (see The First And Last Nation and Will You Return To The Tree Of Life?).

The "temptation of Christ" by Satan (see Showdown In The Wilderness; also What Is Satan's Real Name?) was then the second major event of the Messiah's Ministry. It was a bizarre confrontation in which the Devil quoted Holy Scripture before the LORD in an attempt to get Him to accept a perversion of the Truth (see Satan's Sandals).

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"4:1 And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, 4:2 Being forty days tempted of the devil. And in those days he did eat nothing: and when they were ended, he afterward hungered.

4:3 And the devil said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, command this stone that it be made bread.

4:4 And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.

4:5 And the devil, taking him up into an high mountain, shewed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. 4:6 And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it. 4:7 If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine.

4:8 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.

4:9 And he brought him to Jerusalem, and set him on a pinnacle of the temple, and said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down from hence: 4:10 For it is written,

He shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee: 4:11 And in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.

4:12 And Jesus answering said unto him, It is said, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.

4:13 And when the devil had ended all the temptation, he departed from him for a season." (Luke 4:1-13 KJV)

The Messiah returned from Satan's challenge in triumph. The power of the Holy Spirit was upon Him in great measure, as many people throughout Galilee joyously recognized: "Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee: and there went out a fame of him through all the region round about. And he taught in their synagogues, being glorified of all" (verse 14 below).

Unfortunately, the people of His home town, where He had lived for about 25 years, violently rejected Him because of the Truth that He taught. The final break happened as He attended Sabbath services and took His turn to read: "And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias" (see What Did The Messiah Read From Isaiah That Day?).

"4:14 And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee: and there went out a fame of him through all the region round about. 4:15 And he taught in their synagogues, being glorified of all.

4:16 And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read. 4:17 And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written,

4:18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, 4:19 To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.

4:20 And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him. 4:21 And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.

4:22 And all bare him witness, and wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of his mouth. And they said, Is not this Joseph's son?

4:23 And he said unto them, Ye will surely say unto me this proverb, Physician, heal thyself: whatsoever we have heard done in Capernaum, do also here in thy country.

4:24 And he said, Verily I say unto you, No prophet is accepted in his own country. 4:25 But I tell you of a truth, many widows were in Israel in the days of Elias, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, when great famine was throughout all the land; 4:26 But unto none of them was Elias sent, save unto Sarepta, a city of Sidon, unto a woman that was a widow. 4:27 And many lepers were in Israel in the time of Eliseus the prophet; and none of them was cleansed, saving Naaman the Syrian.

4:28 And all they in the synagogue, when they heard these things, were filled with wrath, 4:29 And 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. 4:30 But he passing through the midst of them went his way, 4:31 And came down to Capernaum, a city of Galilee, and taught them on the sabbath days." (Luke 4:14-31 KJV)

The Messiah then resided in Capernaum, a fishing town on the north shore of the Sea of Galilee. He remained as a resident of the town for the few remaining years of His life and Ministry - from which the people of the town were greatly benefited by His miracles.

"4:32 And they were astonished at his doctrine: for his word was with power.

4:33 And in the synagogue there was a man, which had a spirit of an unclean devil, and cried out with a loud voice, 4:34 Saying, Let us alone; what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth? art thou come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art; the Holy One of God.

4:35 And Jesus rebuked him, saying, Hold thy peace, and come out of him. And when the devil had thrown him in the midst, he came out of him, and hurt him not.

4:36 And they were all amazed, and spake among themselves, saying, What a word is this! for with authority and power he commandeth the unclean spirits, and they come out. 4:37 And the fame of him went out into every place of the country round about." (Luke 4:32-37 KJV)

The Messiah's Ministry was filled with the healing of the physically ill and injured. Its ultimate purpose was the healing of those who have been made spiritually ill and injured (see the Fact Finder question below).

"4:38 And he arose out of the synagogue, and entered into Simon's house. And Simon's wife's mother was taken with a great fever; and they besought him for her. 4:39 And he stood over her, and rebuked the fever; and it left her: and immediately she arose and ministered unto them.

4:40 Now when the sun was setting, all they that had any sick with divers diseases brought them unto him; and he laid his hands on every one of them, and healed them. 4:41 And devils also came out of many, crying out, and saying, Thou art Christ the Son of God. And he rebuking them suffered them not to speak: for they knew that he was Christ.

4:42 And when it was day, he departed and went into a desert place: and the people sought him, and came unto him, and stayed him, that he should not depart from them. 4:43 And he said unto them, I must preach the kingdom of God to other cities also: for therefore am I sent. 4:44 And he preached in the synagogues of Galilee." (Luke 4:38-44 KJV)

Fact Finder: What is the cure for the spiritual ailment that has been inflicted upon humanity by Satan?
See The Cure For Confusion


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This Day In History, April 16

1457 BC: The estimated date of a Battle of Megiddo (an ancient "battle of Armageddon"; see also The Battles Of Megiddo) between Thutmose III of Egypt and a Canaanite coalition under the King of Kadesh (see also What Does The Bible Really Say About Canaanites?).

1178 BC: The estimated date of the Greek king Odysseus' return home from the Trojan War.

69: Roman emperor Otho committed suicide at age 37 after being defeated by Vitellius' troops at Bedriacum (see A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars and Ancient Empires - Rome).

73: Masada fell to the Romans after several months of siege, ending the Jewish Revolt (see A History Of Jerusalem: Titus And The Zealots).

masada 1065: The Norman Robert Guiscard took Bari, ending 5 centuries of Byzantine rule in southern Italy.

1175: Holy Roman Emperor Frederick I ended the siege of Alessandria and signed the Treaty of Montebello with the Lombard League (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).

1521: Martin Luther, 34, arrived at the Diet of Worms (i.e. "Worms" is the English rendering for Vorms, a city in Germany), where he defended his "Ninety-Five Theses," first advanced in 1517. At the Diet (a term for a legislative assembly used some countries, "Diet" derived from the Latin word for day), Luther refused to recant his rebellion against the Papacy (while at the same time, Luther kept nearly all of the Papacy's antichrist doctrines, as do most "Protestants" to this day - see Antichristians and Is Your Religion Your Religion?; also The Cross Of Christ, Or The Cross Of Men? and Christ Died For Repentant Sinners).

1542: The Sieur de Roberval, France's first viceroy in Canada, sailed for the New World with 3 ships and 200 colonists. He explored the St. Lawrence as far as Montreal Island, searching for the legendary kingdom of Saguenay. The expedition returned to France in 1543.

1582: Spanish conquistador Hernando de Lerma founded the settlement of Salta, Argentina.

1705: Queen Anne knighted Isaac Newton at Trinity College.

1746: Forces under the Duke of Cumberland fought the Jacobite Scots under Prince Charles Edward at the Battle of Culloden, near Inverness, Scotland.

1780: The University of Munster in Munster, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany was founded.

1818: After the U.S. failed to obliterate the Canadian people as a nation and annex Canadian territory into the U.S. (the publicly-stated goal of U.S. President James Madison when he declared the start of the War of 1812 - that ended in 1814 with British Marines burning the White House and Madison fleeing the city with his army, in retaliation for the U.S. burning and looting of the Parliament Building in Toronto earlier that year), the U.S. Senate ratified the Rush-Bagot Treaty, establishing the border with Canada that remains to this day nearly 200 years later.

1856: The Declaration of Paris was signed. It recognized the principle of free ships and free goods and defined contraband and blockade.

1912: Harriet Quimby became the first woman to fly across the English Channel, from Dover to Hardelot.

1942: The Island of Malta was awarded the George Cross in recognition for heroism under constant German air attack during the Second World War. It was the first such award given to any part of the British Commonwealth.

1947: Bernard Baruch, a U.S.-Jewish financier, originated the term "Cold War" to describe the relationship between the U.S. and the U.S.S.R.

1953: The British royal yacht Britannia was launched, just months before Queen Elizabeth's coronation. The ship served the monarchy for 45 years before being decommissioned in 1998.

1982: Queen Elizabeth proclaimed Canada's new constitution, ending the last colonial links with Britain.

1995: Canada and the European Union settled a dispute over fishing rights in the north Atlantic after weeks of tense negotiations. The incident began when a Canadian Coast Guard ship fired upon and arrested a Spanish ship on the high seas.

2007: The Virginia Tech Massacre, one of the deadliest shooting sprees in U.S. history - 32 killed, 23 wounded. The gunman committed suicide.


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