sprout_in_dirt_squareThe Curse of the Familiar

Mark 6:1-6 (NKJ)

Then He went out from there and came to His own country, and his disciples followed Him. And when the Sabbath had come, He began to teach in the synagogue. And many hearing Him were astonished, saying, “Where did this Man get these things? And what wisdom is this which is given to Him, that such mighty works are performed by His hands! Is this not the carpenter, the Son of Mary, and brother of James, Joses, Judas, and Simon? And are not His sisters here with us?” So they were offended at Him. But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own country, among his own relatives, and in his own house.” Now He could do no mighty work there, except that He laid His hands on a few sick people and healed them. And He marveled because of their unbelief. Then He went about the villages in a circuit, teaching.

 

Observations:

Jesus went back home, but because the people knew who He was, is family, and where He came from, they did not believe. Therefore, Jesus could not do much before them.

 

Interpretation:

Jesus went back to a place where He should have been accepted the most—His home. It is harder, however, to believe when we are used to something. Why should He be different? He’s one of them!

 

Application:

God, I do not want You to be unable to move for my lack of unbelief. Help me believe. Help me have faith in You and obey You.