Unbelief at Home
Mark 6:1 And he went out from thence, and came into his own country; and his disciples follow him.
They went to Nazareth, His hometown.
Mark 6:2 And when the sabbath day was come, he began to teach in the synagogue: and many hearing him were astonished, saying, From whence hath this man these things? and what wisdom is this which is given unto him, that even such mighty works are wrought by his hands?
They were astonished, saying, Who has this man been around? For they saw him as a common man. How did he do these mighty works? Maybe some sort of magic trick? They were astonished, but had made up there view of Jesus from their own predjudices.
Mark 6:3 Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? and are not his sisters here with us? And they were offended at him.
Isn't this this that carpenter? The Greek word used was tekton, a skilled craftsman, such as might make a boat or home.
The son of Mary? They said this in a derogatory way, as if he was illegitimate, born out of sin. This was implied by the religious leaders who were jealous of him.
John 8:39 They answered and said unto him, Abraham is our father. Jesus saith unto them, If ye were Abraham's children, ye would do the works of Abraham.
John 8:40 But now ye seek to kill me, a man that hath told you the truth, which I have heard of God: this did not Abraham.
John 8:41 Ye do the deeds of your father. Then said they to him, We be not born of fornication; we have one Father, even God.
Do we believe gossip? Or the word of God? The word says he came by the Holy Ghost into the virgin Mary. Jesus came from heaven, the eternal Word of God made flesh.
Luke 1:35 And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.
His town folks saw him as a laborer and an illegitimate son. He grew up with this unbelief surrounding him.
Mark 6:4 But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, but in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house.
People do not give others more honor than what they see about themselves. They were sinners, they assumed that Jesus was no better. In truth, Jesus had no sin. Do not let others opinions and actions towards you become your self opinion. Hear what God thinks and says about you. The Father had said of Jesus at the time of baptism: my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
Mat 3:16 And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him:
Mat 3:17 And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
Mark 6:5 And he could there do no mighty work, save that he laid his hands upon a few sick folk, and healed them.
Because of unbelief, Jesus could do no mighty works there. There were a few divine healings, apart from unbelief. God works through our faith, so that he receives the glory. Why honor those who follow the devil? Faith in God and His Son are required.
Mark 6:6 And he marvelled because of their unbelief. And he went round about the villages, teaching.
Often, Jesus was astonished at the unbelief, the lack of faith of the people, even his closest disciples. What would he say about us?
Lord Jesus, I believe in you. I have faith that you will do the impossible in my life and in those who trust in you. We believe in the Son of God...amen.