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Matthew 13:57

And they were offended in him. But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, save in his own country, and in his own house.

 

Jesus had just taught a parable about how the kingdom heaven was like unto a net cast into the sea that gathered of every kind. Then when the net was full they drew to the shore and separated the good from the bad. So not everything the kingdom of heaven net catches is good.

 

Then Jesus departs there and comes into His own country where He teaches in “their” synagogue, according to most English translations. The things He taught and the works He performed in the synagogue of His own people offended those present. The people are like we know this guy and where He came from. How can He have these things? Then Jesus makes the statement in verse 57, “A prophet is not without honour, save in his own country, and in his own house.”

 

Jesus had gone to the synagogue in His own country to display, in deed, what He had taught, in word, concerning the kingdom of heaven net. Not everything caught up in the kingdom of heaven net is good.

 

It can be very disheartening, at times, when those closest to us become the biggest skeptics and critics of our attempt to serve Jesus and share what He has done in our life. The Bible says that Jesus did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief. It’s amazing how many become offended when someone they know has such a transformation in their life but doesn’t remain in “their” synagogue. Rather going out into the highways and byways sharing their experience. The Bible says, in the next verse, that Jesus did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief.

 

It was immediately after being rejected in His own country that the fame of Jesus begin to spread. Matthew 14:1, “At that time Herod the tetrarch heard of the fame of Jesus,”

 

Let us be careful that we not become offended, thereby producing unbelief and causing Jesus not to do many mighty works in our synagogue or in our church.

 

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