Jesus Rejected at Nazareth

Luke 4

16 s And he came to t Nazareth, where he had been brought up. And u as was his custom, v he went to the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and he stood up w to read. 17 And x the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written,

18 y "The Spirit of the Lord z is upon me,
because he has anointed me
to a proclaim good news to the poor.
b He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives
and c recovering of sight to the blind,
d to set at liberty those who are oppressed,
19 e to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor."

20 And he rolled up the scroll and gave it back to the attendant and f sat down. And the eyes of all in the synagogue were g fixed on him. 21 And he began to say to them, "Today h this Scripture i has been fulfilled in your hearing." 22 And all spoke well of him and marveled at j the gracious words that were coming from his mouth. And they said, k "Is not this l Joseph's son?" 23 And he said to them, "Doubtless you will quote to me this proverb, m 'Physician, heal yourself.' What we have heard you did n at Capernaum, do here in your hometown as well." 24 And he said, "Truly, I say to you, o no prophet is acceptable in his hometown. 25 But in truth, I tell you, there were many widows in Israel in the days of Elijah, when p the heavens were shut up three years and six months, and a great famine came over all the land, 26 and Elijah was sent to none of them q but only to Zarephath, in the land of Sidon, to a woman who was a widow. 27 And r there were many lepers 1 in Israel in the time of the prophet Elisha, and none of them was cleansed, s but only Naaman the Syrian." 28 When they heard these things, all in the synagogue were filled with wrath. 29 And they rose up and t drove him out of the town and brought him to the brow of the hill on which their town was built, so that they could throw him down the cliff. 30 But u passing through their midst, he went away.

  1. Cross References
    Luke 4:16 - 30
    And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up. And as was his custom, he went to the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and he stood up to read.
    Matthew 13:54 - 58
    And coming to his hometown he taught them in their synagogue, so that they were astonished, and said, "Where did this man get this wisdom and these mighty works?
    Mark 6:1 - 6
    He went away from there and came to his hometown, and his disciples followed him.
  2. Cross References
    Luke 2:39
    And when they had performed everything according to the Law of the Lord, they returned into Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth.
    Luke 2:51
    And he went down with them and came to Nazareth and was submissive to them. And his mother treasured up all these things in her heart.
  3. Cross References
    Acts 17:2
    And Paul went in, as was his custom, and on three Sabbath days he reasoned with them from the Scriptures.
  4. Cross References
    Luke 4:31
    And he went down to Capernaum, a city of Galilee. And he was teaching them on the Sabbath.
    Mark 6:2
    And on the Sabbath he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were astonished, saying, "Where did this man get these things? What is the wisdom given to him? How are such mighty works done by his hands?
  5. Cross References
    Acts 13:15
    After the reading from the Law and the Prophets, the rulers of the synagogue sent a message to them, saying, "Brothers, if you have any word of encouragement for the people, say it.
    Acts 13:27
    For those who live in Jerusalem and their rulers, because they did not recognize him nor understand the utterances of the prophets, which are read every Sabbath, fulfilled them by condemning him.
    Acts 15:21
    For from ancient generations Moses has had in every city those who proclaim him, for he is read every Sabbath in the synagogues.
  6. Cross References
    Luke 3:4
    As it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet, "The voice of one crying in the wilderness: 'Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.
    Acts 8:28
    And was returning, seated in his chariot, and he was reading the prophet Isaiah.
  7. Cross References
    Isaiah 61:1 - 2
    The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound.
  8. Cross References
    Luke 4:1
    And Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness
    Acts 1:2
    Until the day when he was taken up, after he had given commands through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen.
  9. Cross References
    Matthew 11:5
    The blind receive their sight and the lame walk, lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear, and the dead are raised up, and the poor have good news preached to them.
    Luke 6:20
    And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said: "Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.
  10. Cross References
    Psalms 146:7 - 8
    Who executes justice for the oppressed, who gives food to the hungry. The Lord sets the prisoners free.
  11. Cross References
    Isaiah 42:7
    To open the eyes that are blind, to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon, from the prison those who sit in darkness.
    John 9:39
    Jesus said, "For judgment I came into this world, that those who do not see may see, and those who see may become blind.
    Acts 26:18
    To open their eyes, so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.
  12. Cross References
    Isaiah 58:6
    Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the straps of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke?
  13. Cross References
    Isaiah 61:1 - 2
    The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound.
  14. Cross References
    Leviticus 25:10
    And you shall consecrate the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout the land to all its inhabitants. It shall be a jubilee for you, when each of you shall return to his property and each of you shall return to his clan.
    Isaiah 49:8
    Thus says the Lord : "In a time of favor I have answered you; in a day of salvation I have helped you; I will keep you and give you as a covenant to the people, to establish the land, to apportion the desolate heritages.
    2 Corinthians 6:2
    For he says, "In a favorable time I listened to you, and in a day of salvation I have helped you." Behold, now is the favorable time; behold, now is the day of salvation.
  15. Cross References
    Matthew 26:55
    At that hour Jesus said to the crowds, "Have you come out as against a robber, with swords and clubs to capture me? Day after day I sat in the temple teaching, and you did not seize me.
    John 8:2
    Early in the morning he came again to the temple. All the people came to him, and he sat down and taught them.
    Matthew 5:1
    Seeing the crowds, he went up on the mountain, and when he sat down, his disciples came to him.
    Matthew 13:2
    And great crowds gathered about him, so that he got into a boat and sat down. And the whole crowd stood on the beach.
  16. Cross References
    Acts 3:4
    And Peter directed his gaze at him, as did John, and said, "Look at us.
    Luke 19:48
    But they did not find anything they could do, for all the people were hanging on his words.
  17. Cross References
    Mark 12:10
    Have you not read this Scripture: "'The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone.
    Acts 8:35
    Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning with this Scripture he told him the good news about Jesus.
  18. Cross References
    Matthew 1:22
    All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet:
  19. Cross References
    Psalms 45:2
    You are the most handsome of the sons of men; grace is poured upon your lips; therefore God has blessed you forever.
  20. Cross References
    Matthew 13:55
    Is not this the carpenter's son? Is not his mother called Mary? And are not his brothers James and Joseph and Simon and Judas?
    John 6:42
    They said, "Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How does he now say, 'I have come down from heaven' ?
  21. Cross References
    Luke 3:23
    Jesus, when he began his ministry, was about thirty years of age, being the son (as was supposed) of Joseph, the son of Heli.
  22. Cross References
    Luke 23:39
    One of the criminals who were hanged railed at him, saying, "Are you not the Christ? Save yourself and us!
    Matthew 27:42
    He saved others; he cannot save himself. He is the King of Israel; let him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in him.
  23. Cross References
    Matthew 11:23
    And you, Capernaum, will you be exalted to heaven? You will be brought down to Hades. For if the mighty works done in you had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day.
    Mark 2:1 - 12
    And when he returned to Capernaum after some days, it was reported that he was at home.
    John 4:46 - 53
    So he came again to Cana in Galilee, where he had made the water wine. And at Capernaum there was an official whose son was ill.
  24. Cross References
    Matthew 13:57
    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.
  25. Cross References
    1 Kings 17:1
    Now Elijah the Tishbite, of Tishbe in Gilead, said to Ahab, "As the Lord, the God of Israel, lives, before whom I stand, there shall be neither dew nor rain these years, except by my word.
    1 Kings 18:1
    After many days the word of the Lord came to Elijah, in the third year, saying, "Go, show yourself to Ahab, and I will send rain upon the earth.
    James 5:17
    Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed fervently that it might not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain on the earth.
    Revelation 11:6
    They have the power to shut the sky, that no rain may fall during the days of their prophesying, and they have power over the waters to turn them into blood and to strike the earth with every kind of plague, as often as they desire.
  26. Cross References
    1 Kings 17:9
    "Arise, go to Zarephath, which belongs to Sidon, and dwell there. Behold, I have commanded a widow there to feed you."
  27. Cross References
    2 Kings 7:3
    Now there were four men who were lepers at the entrance to the gate. And they said to one another, "Why are we sitting here until we die?
  28. Cross References
    2 Kings 5:1 - 14
    Naaman, commander of the army of the king of Syria, was a great man with his master and in high favor, because by him the Lord had given victory to Syria. He was a mighty man of valor, but he was a leper.
  29. Cross References
    Numbers 15:35
    And the Lord said to Moses, "The man shall be put to death; all the congregation shall stone him with stones outside the camp.
    Acts 7:58
    Then they cast him out of the city and stoned him. And the witnesses laid down their garments at the feet of a young man named Saul.
  30. Cross References
    John 8:59
    So they picked up stones to throw at him, but Jesus hid himself and went out of the temple.
    John 10:39
    Again they sought to arrest him, but he escaped from their hands.
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