People of Nazareth
Bible Study Lesson, Matthew
There are several
to be taken from this piece of Scripture.
We are focusing on why Nazareth rejects Jesus just
because he grew up there.
was Jesus' hometown and, just as it is today,
people find it hard to believe someone famous can
come from a small town. To these people, Christ was
just the "carpenter's son".
His Own Home Town
And it came to pass, that when Jesus had finished
these parables, he departed thence.
54 And when he was come into
his own country, he taught them in their synagogue,
insomuch that they were astonished, and said,
Whence hath this man this wisdom, and these mighty
55 Is not this the
carpenter's son? is not his mother called Mary? and
his brethren, James, and Joses, and Simon, and
56 And his sisters, are they
not all with us? Whence then hath this man all
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
58 And he did not many mighty
works there because of their unbelief.
is the Word of the Lord ... It is meant to change
the way we think, and the way we live.
by Bob Pardue
Why Couldn't the
People of Nazareth Believe Jesus?
During the times before Jesus
arrived in Nazareth, He had performed many miracles
the sea and driving
the demons from the man at Gadarenes.
In town after town He amazed
people with His knowledge and understanding. So,
why was it so difficult for the Nazareth
townspeople to believe that He
was the Christ - or
even a prophet?
A psychologist can administer
therapy to hundreds of people in need and get
results in many cases. But, even an excellent
therapist finds it a real challenge to treat a
spouse or their own children - it's near
Why? Because they are too
close to the therapist and too emotionally involved
to receive treatment from someone they grew up
This is the syndrome that
faced Jesus as He tried to teach the people of
Nazareth an "unpopular" message.
He was known as the
"carpenter's son" and the "son of
Mary" but not considered the Messiah. They
could not comprehend that someone from such humble
beginnings could be Savior of the world.
Do You Know Someone Who Is
If we look objectively, it's
understandable. If someone we knew from childhood
came back and tried to teach a message of which we
were unsure of, it would be easy to label them as
"just the boy or girl down the street".
How about our faith?
In this Bible
study lesson we
discover the people of Nazareth simply did not
Do we sometimes miss the
great things God can do in our lives because of our
lack of faith? Christ performed very few miracles
in Nazareth because people did not believe in Him.
Why No Miracles?
In previous chapters of
Matthew (and throughout the New Testament) Jesus
did many miraculous deeds but, in each instance,
the healing and bringing the dead back to life was
a result of faith on the part of the
Peter could not
with Jesus on the water
because of his lack of faith.
"All Things are
God wants to do great things
in our lives. There are two steps in receiving Gods
- First, we
- Then we
- Then God acts.
To be sure, this does not
mean we just ask God for a new Mercedes and it's in
our drive the next morning.
Prayer is not some magic
incantation to deliver selfish wants and needs of
*A point to remember (My
favorite pastor is where I heard this)..
God Never Hurries
and -- God is Never Late
He does things in his own
time and in his own way. We cannot see the big
picture so we just have to trust that God knows
what he is doing.
Talk to God about your needs
and then have the faith that your request is not
too big for Him. You might be surprised at the
Love In Christ
If you have never made the
decision to receive the love and life-changing
experience of Jesus Christ, please take a moment to
3:16 for more
More from Matthew
is the True Family of Jesus?
of the Four Soils
and Mustard Seeds
More about the Kingdom of Heaven
the Book of Matthew
Verses about Jesus preaching in Nazareth are
from New American Standard Bible Lesson from
Life Application Bible - NIV