In Luke 4, we see the words and deeds of fickle unbelievers, “All spoke well of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his lips. “Isn’t this Joseph’s son?” they asked. (v. 22) They knew him as He had grown up in this village and been a part of their synagogue. Then, just seconds later, “All the people in the synagogue were furious when they heard this. They got up, drove him out of the town, and took him to the brow of the hill on which the town was built, in order to throw him off the cliff.” (v. 28-29) What could a person say to cause people to try to kill you? Yeshua knew people and what was in their mind and heart. (John 2: 24-25) “Jesus said to them, “Surely you will quote this proverb to me: ‘Physician, heal yourself!’ And you will tell me, ‘Do here in your hometown what we have heard that you did in Capernaum.'” “Truly I tell you,” he continued, “no prophet is accepted in his hometown.” (v. 23-24) Yeshua knew these people did not believe Him, nor the reports they had heard about Him. He knew how the lost begged to see miracles, but would not believe even then. (John 9: 13-34) He explained God’s response to such unbelief with examples from scripture. “I assure you that there were many widows in Israel in Elijah’s time, when the sky was shut for three and a half years and there was a severe famine throughout the land. Yet Elijah was not sent to any of them, but to a widow in Zarephath in the region of Sidon. And there were many in Israel with leprosy in the time of Elisha the prophet, yet not one of them was cleansed—only Naaman the Syrian.” (v. 25-27) Yeshua was saying very directly that God reaches out to those with faith and ignores those who doubt, trust in themselves, and refuse to accept the truth.
Yeshua had lived among these people, but they saw nothing in Him. Their religion was void of a miracle working personal God who desired a personal relationship with His people. God in the flesh lived in their midst, performed miracles and taught in their synagogue and temple, but they had ignored it all. When He confronted them with the fulfillment of scripture that testified to His deity and foretold His presence, they took offense and tried to kill Him. “But he walked right through the crowd and went on his way.” (v. 30) Yeshua could not be killed by anyone, but rather, laid down His life as a sacrifice for all who would later believe.
Today it is no different. God still works miracles, teaches in our places of worship and maintains a presence among mankind. Have you ignored Him in the marketplace, around the community, and even as you exercise your religious duty? Have you at times been impressed with His words, but recoiled at His rebuke, meant to jar you from your doubt, disbelief and self-pursuit? Let the seed of faith arise in your heart and grow into a mighty unshakeable tree of faith and life. If you live still, today is the day of salvation.