People of Nazareth
Bible Study Lesson, Matthew
are several lessons
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
When Jesus had
finished these parables, He departed from there.
He came to His hometown
and began teaching them in their synagogue, so
that they were astonished, and said, Where
did this man get this wisdom and these
Is not this the
carpenters son? Is not His mother called
Mary, and His brothers, James and Joseph and
Simon and Judas?
And His sisters, are they
not all with us? Where then did this man get all
And they took offense at
Him. But Jesus said to them, A prophet is
not without honor except in his hometown and in
his own household.
And He did not do many
miracles there because of their unbelief. -
Couldn't the People of Nazareth Believe
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?
It's commonly known that 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 impossible.
Why? Because they are too
close to the therapist and too emotionally involved
to receive treatment from someone they grew up with
- or are married to.
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
They could not comprehend
that someone from such humble beginnings could be
Savior of the world.
Do You Know
Someone Who Is Famous?
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
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 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.
God wants to do great things
in our lives. There are three simple steps in
receiving Gods blessings.
- 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 (I heard
this from one of my favorite
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 would like more
information about how to receive the love and
life-changing experience of Jesus Christ, please
take a moment to read John
Read Today's Verses
American Standard Bible
King James Version
Verses about Jesus preaching in
Nazareth are from New American Standard Bible
& New King James Version - Lessons from Life
Application Study Bible: NIV - Passage above
credited to Lockman