The Good News – No Prophet is Accepted in His Own Country

  Yahushua came to Galil, proclaiming the Good News of the reign of Elohim, and saying, “The time has been filled, and the reign of Elohim has come near. Repent, and believe in the Good News.”
   And news of Him went out through all the surrounding country. The Galileans received Him, having seen all that He had done in Yerushalayim at the festival, for they also went to the festival.
   Then Yahushua came again to Qanah of Galil where He had made the water wine. And there was a certain nobleman whose son was sick at Kephar Nachum. When he heard that Yahushua had come from Yehudah into Galil, he went to Him and was asking Him to come down and heal his son, for he was about to die. Yahushua then said to him, “If you people do not see signs and wonders, you do not believe at all.”
   The nobleman said to Him, “Master, come down before my child dies!”
   Yahushua said to him, “Go, your son lives.”
   And the man believed the word that Yahushua spoke to him, and went. And while he was going down, his servants met him and reported, saying, “Your son lives!”
   He then asked from them the hour in which he became better, and they said to him, “Yesterday at the seventh hour the inflammation left him.”
   Then the father knew that it was at the same hour in which Yahushua said to him, “Your son lives.”
   And he himself believed, and all his household. Again this was the second sign Yahushua did, when He had come from Yehudah into Galil.
   And He came to Natsareth, where He had been brought up. And according to His practice, He went into the congregation on the Sabbath day, and stood up to read. And the scroll of the prophet Yeshayahu was handed to Him. And having unrolled the scroll, He found the place where it was written:
   “The Spirit of the Master Yahweh is upon Me, because Yahweh has anointed Me to bring good news to the meek. He has sent Me to bind up the broken-hearted, to proclaim release to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound, to proclaim the acceptable year of Yahweh,”( Yeshayahu (Isaiah) 61:1-2)
   And having rolled up the scroll, He gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all in the congregation were fixed upon Him. And He began to say to them, “Today this Scripture has been filled in your hearing.”
   And all were bearing witness to Him, and marvelled at the pleasant words that came out of His mouth. And they said, “Is this not the son of Yoseph?”
   And He said to them, “No doubt, you shall say this proverb to Me, ‘Physician, heal yourself! Whatever we have heard being done in Kephar Nachum, do also here in Your country.’ “
   And He said, “Truly, I say to you, no prophet is accepted in his own country. But truly I say to you, many widows were in Yisra’el in the days of Eliyahu, when the sky was shut up for three years and six months, and there was a great scarcity of food in all the land, and Eliyahu was sent to none of them, but to Tsarephath of Tsidon, to a woman, a widow. And many lepers were in Yisra’el in the time of Elisha the prophet, and none of them was cleansed except Na’aman the Aramean.”
   And all those in the congregation, when they heard this, were filled with wrath. And rising up they drove Him out of the city, and brought Him to the brow of the hill on which their city was built, in order to throw Him down. But He, passing through the midst of them, went away.
   And leaving Natsareth, He came and dwelt in Kephar Nachum, which is by the sea, in the borders of Zevulun and Naphtali, to fill what was spoken by Yeshayahu the prophet, saying, But there is no gloom upon her who is distressed, as when at first He humbled the land of Zevulun and the land of Naphtali, and afterward more heavily oppressed her, by the way of the sea, beyond the Yarden, in Galil of the nations. The people who were walking in darkness have seen a great light; upon those who dwelt in the land of the shadow of death a light has shone. (Yeshayahu (Isaiah) 9:1-2)
   From that time Yahushua began to proclaim and to say, “Repent, for the reign of the shamayim has drawn near.”

 

Exposition

 This portion of The Good News Series is from two Gospels – Yochanan (John) 4:44-54 and Luços (Luke) 4:14-30. One of the most important events in this scripture is the second miracle performed by Yahushua – the raising of the son of the Nobleman of Capernaum (Kephar Nachum in Hebrew). We also have the explanation of Yahushua about the acceptance of a prophet in His own country, which also foreshadows His life – He too will die like the prophets old by the hand of His own people. It gives us a moment for introspection and raises a few simple question – Are we like the people of Yahushua’s days? Are we able to accept rebuke from our Eternal Father? Do we have time to change if we are found to be walking in the same error as they did? I will leave you to search out your own answers, I pray that they are challenging and fruitful to your walk of faith! Shalom Aleichem!