SUBJ: The reasons of the angry
reaction of those at Nazareth and the observation that this is, also,
typical of many who perceive a threat to their pride.
AIM: That we might be made more
receptive to the Grace of God and humbled by the knowledge that it is
according to His will and purpose.
INTR: The ministry of our Lord was
met with many different responses. This one is unique in its setting and
the irrational reaction of His hearers.
1. The nature of His ministry
in other places had caused His fame to spread and it is certain that
these folks had heard it.
2. His standing was His custom. Neither He, nor His custom was
unknown to them.
3. That He should appear at the time that this
passage was to be read (the lessons for the day were assigned) was not
mere coincidence but a precious manifestation of divine providence.
THESIS: We must be both humbled
and elated that God “will have mercy on who He will have mercy” (Romans
9:15) and that “the righteousness of God is “unto all and upon all them
that believe.” See Romans 3:22.
I. The message (vv. 18-19)
1. He is first declared to be
qualified and anointed.
2. The gospel to the poor (Matthew 5:3
Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.)
1) The healing of the brokenhearted: Psalms 34:18 The LORD is nigh unto
them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite
spirit. AND Psalms 147:3 He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up
their wounds. AND Ezekiel 9:4 And the LORD said unto him, Go through the
midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon
the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations
that be done in the midst thereof.
2) Deliverance to the captives:
Psalms 102:20 To hear the groaning of the prisoner; to loose those that
are appointed to death; AND Read Psalm 107:10-16 AND S.A. Colossians
1:13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath
translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:
3) Recovering sight
to the blind: Psalms 146:8 The LORD openeth the eyes of the blind: the
LORD raiseth them that are bowed down: the LORD loveth the righteous:
AND John 12:46 I am come a light into the world, that whosoever
believeth on me should not abide in darkness.
4) To liberate and
enable them that are bruised: Genesis 3:15 And I will put enmity between
thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise
thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel. – The bruised reed was not
3. The Acceptable year – the day of Jubilee – the day of
reconciliation – Isaiah 63:4 For the day of vengeance is in mine heart,
and the year of my redeemed is come.
II. The application (vv.
1. They could not deny that His words were gracious (even in
2. They obviously anticipated that He would say more –“the
eyes of all fastened on Him.
3. This day and this scripture – All had
come together to declare Him as the Messiah.
4. Is not this Joseph’s
III. The insight of our Lord (vv. 23-24)
troubled at His claim, they still expected miracles and wonders as He
had done elsewhere. They expected the sensational according to the
2. At this point He clearly sees that familiarity ends and
3. They would judge Him based on a performance or
lack thereof. God does not acquiesce to the expectations of men. His
proving of Himself is only through faith.
IV. The terms of grace
applied (vv. 25-27)
1. No elaboration is needed here (although each
of these accounts is worthy of study). Two well known incidents are here
given to show the Sovereignty of God in His display of mercy.
revelation that God is Sovereign in all things silences the critic. They
would openly reject them, and He would declare them to be excluded from
V. The refusal and rebellion (vv. 28-30)
1. Apart from
the mercy of God men will always chose pride and tradition over the
gracious declarations of the Gospel.
2. Depravity runs deep (Though
your sins be as scarlet) and they would have killed Him. This is the
reaction of man’s free will to any threat to his pride. It is by Grace
alone that we are liberated from such.
3. They would have killed Him
then, but it was not the time.