54 When He had come to His own country, He taught them in their synagogue, so that they were astonished and said, “Where did this Man get this wisdom and these mighty works?
55 Is this not the carpenter’s son? Is not His mother called Mary? And His brothers James, Joses, Simon, and Judas?
56 And His sisters, are they not all with us? Where then did this Man get all these things?”
57 So they were offended at Him. But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own country and in his own house.”
58 Now He did not do many mighty works there because of their unbelief.
His own country (v.54) — Nazareth — This is probably a later visit than the one recorded in Luke 4:16-29 and is His last recorded visit to the town.
brothers (v.55) — half-brothers, sons of Mary and Joseph
James (v.55) — Not the apostle, but a leader in the Acts church and the writer of the New Testament book
Judas (v.55) — the writer of the book of Jude
0ffended (v.57) = lit. “made to stumble”
Rabbinical teaching consisted of the transmission of traditional interpretations, and so the crowd questioned His source of knowledge. They weighed both His words and works. They confessed that such knowledge could not be traced to His father, who would have been expected to teach the law to his son (Deuteronomy 6:7). They would have been aware that none of the others brought up in the same home and under the tutelage of the same father could display such knowledge or do such works. Because Christ had not been taught by an accredited teacher, the crowd discounted His words. In fact, “they took offense at Him” (Mark 6:3). — Pentecost, page 227.
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