Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | August 27, 2018

“A prophet is not without honor except in his hometown and among his own relatives and in his own household.”

Today’s devotion comes from Mark 6:1-6.

“Jesus went out from there and *came into His hometown;  and His disciples *followed Him.  When the Sabbath came, He began to teach in the synagogue;  and the many listeners were astonished, saying, “Where did this man get these things, and what is this wisdom given to Him, and such miracles as these performed by His hands?  Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon?  Are not His sisters here with us?”  And they took offense at Him.  Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his hometown and among his own relatives and in his own household.”  And He could do no miracle there except that He laid His hands on a few sick people and healed them.  And He wondered at their unbelief.

And He was going around the villages teaching.”  Mark 6:1-6.

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We would naturally expect with high hopes that our own family and our own neighbors would admire, praise, and encourage us.

So, today’s Scripture prepares us that we may not be so honored by them.

Our own family and own neighbors know many things about us such that they may ask similar question:  “Where did this man get these things, and what is this wisdom given to Him, and such miracles as these performed by His hands?”

But, others do not know us as much and we remain a mystery to them such that they are more willing to focus on our teaching and miracles (so to speak).  They are more willing to believe and honor us.

There is also a jealousy factor that is more present with our own family and our own neighbors.  They may feel guilty that they are not doing the same things as we are doing and may feel that they need to put us down to their level in order to feel better about themselves.

We remember that it has been so from the very beginning.  Cain was likely jealous that his offering was not accepted by God like his brother Abel’s offering was accepted by God.

Thus, we can prepare and lessen our disappointment and discouragement by understanding these natural tendencies summarized by Jesus’ statement:  “A prophet is not without honor except in his hometown and among his own relatives and in his own household.”

More generally, we can follow Paul’s example to reduce attention to ourselves.

“And when I came to you, brethren, I did not come with superiority of speech or of wisdom, proclaiming to you the testimony of God.  For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified.  I was with you in weakness and in fear and in much trembling, and my message and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith would not rest on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God.”  1 Corinthians 2:1-5.

“For we do not preach ourselves but Christ Jesus as Lord, and ourselves as your bond-servants for Jesus’ sake.  For God, who said, “Light shall shine out of darkness,” is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.

But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of God and not from ourselves;”  2 Corinthians 4:5-7.

Finally, we cannot reserve our happiness for how our natural family and our own neighbors react to our success.  Our true family consists of  our Christian brothers and sisters (as we may remember from Scripture that we read recently).

“A crowd was sitting around Him, and they *said to Him, “Behold, Your mother and Your brothers are outside looking for You.”  Answering them, He *said, “Who are My mother and My brothers?”  Looking about at those who were sitting around Him, He *said, “Behold My mother and My brothers!  For whoever does the will of God, he is My brother and sister and mother.”  Mark 3:32-35.


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