Mark 6:1-29

It’s not that unusual for a prophet to be without honor in their hometown. After all, the foibles of youth tend to be remembered! But would Jesus have had foibles? I imagine that there would have been whispering regarding his birth His whole life, and who knows what His brothers were up to? That kept people from being willing to come to Him for help. I believe that’s the meaning of, “He was not able to do a miracle there, except.” The people didn’t believe that He was anything more than Mary’s son, and therefore wouldn’t come.

When Jesus sent out the 12 he sent them out 2 by 2. Why? Possibly for safety, but possibly because of Deuteronomy 19:15: “A matter may be legally established only on the testimony of two or three witnesses.” Jesus also warned them not to waste their time on people that didn’t want to listen to their witness. They were to move on to someone who would! He who has ears to hear, let him hear…

The story of John the Baptist should be a cautionary tale for us. We shouldn’t be surprised when an ungodly world reacts strongly to us when we call out their actions. We need to be ready to accept the consequences if we believe that is what God is calling us to do.

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