Title: The final rejection of Jesus in Nazareth
Scriptures to Read: Mark 6:1-6; Matthew 13:54-58
Earlier we had the initial rejection in Nazareth, where they sought to cast Jesus off a cliff after He proclaimed that He was the fulfillment of Isaiah 58:6. Now we have the ﬁnal rejection in Nazareth. And what happens locally in Nazareth is going to happen nationally. We also had the initial rejection of the Messiahship of Jesus by the nation in Matt. 12. When we get to John 11:45-54 we will see the ﬁnal rejection by the nation.
In these passages we learn that Jesus and his foster father were carpenters. The names of Jesus’ four half-brothers were James, Joseph, Judas and Simon. We also learn that He had at least two sisters. So Jesus had at least 6 half siblings, or more. Joseph, His foster father, is not mentioned at all in the time period of Jesus’ ministry, so we can deduce that he has died some time before it began.
Once again Jesus is met with rejection, and many are oﬀended by Him. And so in Matthew 13:58 it says: “And He did not do many miracles there because of their unbelief.” Jesus is now only doing miracles that are founded upon faith, so He heals only a few people. And He marvels at the lack of faith (Mark 6:6) here amongst his own people and relatives.