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Saturday, November 11 2017

The Prophet's Patriotism Lesson

"And He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up ... 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? ... do also here in thy country ... And He said, Verily I say unto you, No prophet is accepted in his own country"

Bible translations variably use either "country" or "hometown" in Luke 4:24. Examples:

"And he said, Verily I say unto you, No prophet is accepted in his own country." (King James Version)

"And he said, Verily I say unto you, No prophet is acceptable in his own country." (American Standard Version)

"Truly I tell you," he continued, "no prophet is accepted in his hometown." (New International Version)

"And he said, "Truly, I say to you, no prophet is acceptable in his hometown." (English Standard Version)

Which is correct?


The actual Greek word, pronounced pat-trese, that is translated as either "country" or "hometown," literally means fatherland (the word "patriotism," which means faithful to the father, originated from the same word; see the Fact Finder question below), but was also used to refer to one's ancestral town - keeping in mind that some ancient family camps grew into cities, and some of them grew into countries ("king" means the father of a kin, a family of people - kings aren't about politics, they're about family).

It's the reason that patriotism, which means faithful to the father, also meant faithful to the king, the father of a kin, a family of people. It's also, ultimately, why God is called The Father (see also What Does God The Father Really Look Like?) and why repentant people will be "born again" as children of God in the coming Kingdom of God (see the Fact Finder question below).

In the famous example of the Messiah's "No prophet is accepted in his own country," which happened in Nazareth, He was, in that incident, referring to Joseph of Nazareth (see Joseph Of Nazareth), as specifically stated. His Ministry however, as it was just then beginning, made obvious that He was, as a Jew, also referring to the Kingdom of Judah (see Why Was The South A Dangerous Place? and The Religion And Politics Of The Messiah's Assassination).

The lesson, and the people's violent rejection of the Truth that He spoke, marked the end of the Messiah's residency in Nazareth.

"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" (Luke 4:16-30 KJV)

Fact Finder: What does patriotism have to do with salvation and the Kingdom of God?
See The Patriotism Prophecy and What Was The Lesson Of John 3:16?

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This Day In History, November 11

308: In an attempt to restore order to the unraveling Roman Empire, Emperor Diocletian met with Galerius, Augustus of the East, and Maximianus, the recently returned former Augustus of the West (see A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars). The Roman Roman Empire nevertheless fell and was superseded, historically and prophetically, by the "Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation" (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).

The Roman Empire

1100: King Henry I of England (the word "king" originated from a term that meant the head of a kin i.e. a family patriarch; the original meaning of "patriotism" was to be loyal to the king; see The Patriotism Prophecy) married Matilda of Scotland, the daughter of Malcolm III of Scotland.

1417: Unity of the Church of Rome's papacy was recovered with the election of Martin V. The Great Western Schism, beginning in 1378, resulted in a pope in Rome, another in Avignon, France and a third established by the Council of Pisa (see The Struggle For The Papacy).

1500: Louis XII of France and Ferdinand of Aragon signed the secret Treaty of Granada for the conquest and partition of Naples.

1572: Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe observed a bright "new star" in Cassiopeia, shining as brightly as Venus. He continued to observe the supernova (a star which has exploded after all of its fuel has been used up) for 18 months as it slowly faded.

1606: A peace treaty was signed at Zeita-Torok between the Turks and Austrians.

1620: The Mayflower Compact was signed by the English pioneers who became known as the "Pilgrims" (to understand the actual Biblical meaning of "pilgrim," see The Pilgrims).

1673: Poland's King John Sobieski defeated the Turks at Korzim, Poland.

1805: The Battle of Durenstein during the Napoleonic Wars (named after Napoleon Bonaparte). 8,000 French troops attempted to slow the retreat of a much larger Russian and Austrian force.

1813: During the War of 1812 (1812-1814), 900 British troops and Canadian militia and natives repelled 8,000 U.S. invaders at the Battle of Chrysler's Farm near Cornwall, Ontario. Along with other defeats and stalemates during the previous months, it forced the U.S. to abandon their campaign of obliterating Canada as a nation and annexing Canadian territory into the U.S. (two actually-stated goals by U.S. President James Madison when he declared the start of the war in 1812). The battle site was declared a National Historic Site of Canada in 1920.

Battle of Chrysler's Farm

1918: The armistice was signed to end The First World War (1914-1918) in which over 10 million people were killed (see The Assassination That Triggered Two World Wars).

Lt. Col. John McCrae, a Canadian army medical officer, wrote the poem In Flanders Fields while overlooking the grave of a fellow officer at Ypres, Belgium. The poem first appeared in Punch magazine December 8 1915. McCrae himself did not survive the war.

John McCrae

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

1953: The polio virus was identified and photographed for the first time.

1966: Gemini 12 was launched with Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin and James Lovell. Aldrin's space walk was claimed by the U.S. to prove that man could function in the vacuum of space, but Russian cosmonaut Alexey Arkhipovich Leonov had already done so on 18 March 1965 - 20 months before the U.S.

Alexey Arkhipovich Leonov

1971: The U.S. ratified a treaty to return the island of Okinawa to Japan (although the U.S. maintains large military bases in Japan to this day).

1972: The U.S. turned over its large base at Long Binh to the South Vietnamese, symbolizing the end of direct U.S. participation in the Vietnam Civil War.

Vietnam is an ancient nation (with a history that extends to the third century BC) that was divided into "North" and "South" by foreign invaders from the 1940s (when it became "French Indochina") to the 1970s. It was then restored to a single, independent nation as it had been for centuries (see also Why Was Korea Divided Into North And South?).


1973: A cease-fire agreement was signed between Israel and Egypt (see also A History Of Jerusalem: War And Peace).

1975: The African nation of Angola became independent from Portugal.

1982: Polish "Solidarity" union leader Lech Walesa was released from 11 months of detention in a state-owned hunting lodge.

1992: The Church of England voted to allow women to be ordained as priests. Women were already allowed to become priests in 11 branches of the Anglican Church, including Canada and the U.S. (the Supreme Governor of the Church of England, the British Monarch, is also at the present time a woman, Queen Elizabeth II).


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