Summary of passage: Jesus says every teacher about heaven is like an owner of a house who brings out new treasures out of storage. Jesus finished telling these parables and returned to Nazareth, his hometown, where he taught the people in the synagogue where they were amazed. Yet, they didn’t believe because they knew him as a boy and his family. They thought of him as a simple carpenter’s son. Hence, Jesus concluded only in his hometown is he without honor so he declined to perform miracles due to their unbelief.
10a) As a “teacher of the law who has been instructed about the kingdom of heaven” and his responsibility is to teach others what he has learned.
b) The old is the wisdom and understanding you had of God before you were instructed and the new is the new knowledge and wisdom you have after having been instructed in the law or any knowledge God has revealed to you.
c) Through pastors and preachers, studying the Bible, by God Himself when He speaks to you through prayer or otherwise.
d) Personal Question. My answer: All of the above. Through church attendance, bible studies, the Bible itself, prayer, and God in my alone time.
e) Personal Question. My answer: Impart Biblical knowledge to that person. Quote them scripture. Bring them to church and bible study with you. Pray with them. Show them God’s compassion on His people.
11) Because they couldn’t believe a mere carpenter’s son whom they knew personally could possess such wisdom and perform such miraculous powers. They thought him a charlatan instead.
12a) Because of their “lack of faith” in him.
b) Personal Question. My answer: The key word here is “seemed” because truly we do not know this until we get to heaven if Jesus was working in our lives or not because of unbelief. For me, I’d say no. Even in my darkest hours, I have cried out to God and I knew in my heart He was working even when I thought He wasn’t for sometimes not working is what we need. But then I’ve always been a believer. It is probably different for those who have not.
c) Personal Question. My answer: Stay close to God. Pray. Read His word. Go to church even when you don’t feel close to Him. Seek out other believers further along in their walk with Him. Don’t isolate yourself. Strengthen your knowledge of Him and unbelief cannot help but fall away.
Conclusions: This was my favorite day from this lesson because of its practicality, simpleness, and encouragement. It is our job to learn about God and then teach others (the whole premise of BSF itself). It is also our job to strengthen our faith so that unbelief never reigns. This we do through what I said above: prayer, study, etc. And when we are rejected we can have faith and encouragement because Jesus was rejected as well.
End Notes: The disciples who now understand are now commissioned to tell others and bring truth to their lives.
There is nothing special about spiritual people in most cases. According to societal norms, Jesus came from the lowliest of the low and was as normal as God on Earth could be. So we too do not have to be exceptional to be doing God’s work.
It is interesting to note how unbelief can limit God. This is due to God’s gift of Free Will. He wants to work in our lives on a miraculous scale. But often times, we choose to not let Him.