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III. His ministry in Galilee (Read Chaps. 4:14 to 9:50)
This section contains the following details peculiar to Luke:
1. The first rejection at Nazareth. 4:14-32.
2. The miraculous draught of fishes. 5:1-11.
3. The raising of the widow's son. 7:11-18.
4. The anointing of Jesus by a sinful woman. 7:36-50.
5. The woman who ministered to the Lord. 8:1-3.
6. Zeal without knowledge rebuked. 9:49,50.
Chapter 4:14-32 records Jesus' first rejection at Nazareth. After the successful beginning of His ministry (Matt. 4:23-24), He returns to His native town. Sabbath finds Him attending the synagogue. After the reading of the scriptures it was the custom to call upon some teacher or preacher if one were present, to deliver a message (Compare Acts 13:15). The leader, having heard of Jesus' ministry, calls Him to the pulpit. Taking as His text Isaiah 61:1, our Lord sits down (after the manner of oriental teachers) and preaches that text as being fulfilled in Him. The people at first are moved by His gracious words, but later stumbled over the fact that He was only the Son of Joseph. How could He, the son of a carpenter, be the fulfillment of the scriptures? Jesus reminds them that a prophet is usually not accepted in
his own country and illustrates this by citing two Old Testament incidents where, God's prophets, unappreciated in general by Israel, were received by the Gentiles.
The action of the people shows that they understood this as an implied reference to their rejection and the Gentile's reception.
Luke supplements Matthew's account of the calling of the first disciples (Matt. 4:17-22) by recording a miracle in that connection-namely the miraculous draught of fishes. Such a revelation of Christ's power brings Peter to his knees in deep conviction of his own sinfulness. This miracle may be considered as typical of Peter's great draught on the day of Pentecost (Compare Luke 5:10; Acts 2:41).
A funeral at Nain gives the Lord an opportunity to reveal Himself as the One who "shall wipe away all tears" (Rev. 21:4).
While Jesus was seated in the house of a Pharisee, a 24
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