I was struggling about what to write about today, and Holy Spirit brought this story to mind. It’s one of my favorites!
So He (Jesus) came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up. And as His custom was, He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up to read.
And He was handed the book of the prophet Isaiah. And when He had opened the book, He found the place where it was written:
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me,
Because He has anointed Me
To preach the gospel to the poor;
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives
And recovery of sight to the blind,
To set at liberty those who are oppressed;
To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.”
Then He closed the book, and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all who were in the synagogue were fixed on Him. And He began to say to them, “Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”
So all bore witness to Him, and marveled at the gracious words which proceeded out of His mouth. And they said, “Is this not Joseph’s son?”
Obviously there weren’t microphone’s back then, but this story packs the dramatic punch of a modern day mic drop.
My study Bible says that Isaiah was written around 700 B.C. How bizarre it must have been for the people who grew up with Jesus to hear Him come into the synagogue and claim that He was the fulfillment of a 700 year old prophesy.
Sometimes what God does is shocking. Sometimes offensive. He challenges the mind to reveal matters of the heart.
Rather than rejoice at the good news Jesus just proclaimed to them, the rest of the story shows that they were filled with wrath and tried to throw Jesus off a cliff. Remember, this is the town where Jesus grew up.
The best news they ever could have received fell on deaf ears because familiarity prevented proper honor of the deliverer.
Honor is one of the founding pillars of Kingdom Culture. In his book Seasons of Sonship, Dr. Joshua Todd talks about how a spiritual son or daughter’s honor unlocks the treasury within a spiritual fathering leader. I’ve seen this to be true in practice.
When I give proper honor, I receive all that God makes available through a leader. But when I’m distracted or find myself in a lack of honor, dishonor, or misplaced honor, then what I’m able to receive is limited.
God sends leaders into our lives to be truth givers, and by honoring those leaders we are able to give what God wants to pour out.
Let’s not be like the Nazarites who rejected Jesus and wanted to throw Him off a cliff. Let’s give honor where honor is due, and look at our hearts for places we can be more aligned with truth.
It’s a constant process of renewing our hearts and minds but well worth it! Look at all the promises Jesus fulfilled in Isaiah’s prophesy! All that becomes available when we receive the truth with proper honor!