A Prophet Without Honor

Jesus came to his native place and taught the people in their synagogue.  They were astonished and said, "Where did this man get such wisdom and mighty deeds?  Is he not the carpenter's son?  Is not his mother named Mary and his brothers James, Joseph, Simon, Judas?  Are not his sisters all with us?  Where did this man get all this?"  And they took offense at him.  But Jesus said to them, "A prophet is not without honor except in his native place in his house."  And he did not work many mighty deeds there because of their lack of faith.  Matthew 13:54-58

In my own mind I imagine the conversation to be more like, "Who the hell is this guy?  And who does He think He is?"  No one likes a know-it-all and the people were not open to one of their own talking as a prophet.  And I'm guessing there's a bit of jealousy involved.  Jesus was one of them and the people he tried to preach to, wanted him to stay that way.

One would think that Jesus would have "wowed" them with a miracle or two just to put them in their place, but I think he refrained because of their lack of faith.  They probably would have turned on him and made accusations of where his "power" came from.  He moved on to a more receptive audience.

I used to be in the crowed that said, "Who the hell is this guy?"  I've moved on, too.




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