“A prophet is not without honor, except in his hometown and among his relatives and in his own household. (6:4)
I bet if you poled people, even non-Christians, they would have an idea what this means. The English Oxford of Living Dictionaries explains the “proverb” as, “A persons gifts and talents are rarely appreciated by those close to them.”
Huh!….as I read today, I didn’t think that was what Jesus was teaching……in fact, I am going to go as far to say that it is one of Satan’s little tricks to dumb it down to the English Oxfords definition……😳
Well,…think about it….do you really think that Matt. 13:57 and Luke 4:24 repeat the same words just to teach that any ol’ prophet isn’t appreciated?
I think the words of Jesus here are much more weightier than that. Why would the writers of each gospel repeat this story? While they are actively trying to demonstrate the divinity of Jesus by relaying all the miracles he did, they throw this statement in there?
I have two theories.
1.) The statement Jesus uses illustrates that a true belief in Him is a prerequisite to having him change your life.
2.) The statement is a foreshadowing of the fact that the Jewish people as a whole would reject and crucify Jesus.
Those two points are pivotal in the redemption story of Christ! That makes that verse very heavy and profound! But we don’t think of those points when we read the verse above. Wouldn’t it be just like Satan to make us miss those key points and apply something more mild, sublime……that in time becomes a blasé figure of speech?
I’m just say’en………watch out for Satan’s little tricks! He is known for using scripture to trip you up! (i.e. Matt. 4:6)