(1-6) Jesus Rejected at Nazareth
Jesus the Christ could do no mighty works in His hometown of Nazareth because the people there were full of unbelief. God CAN do anything and everything, but He WILL do nothing if we do not have faith in Him.
(7-13) Jesus Sends Out the Twelve Apostles
Perhaps one of the reasons Jesus told His disciples to take nothing for their journey was because He wanted them to be dependent on God for their provision and protection. Or perhaps it was because He did not want them to be so concerned with taking care of themselves that they forgot the real reason why they had been sent out – to preach repentance, to cast out demons, and to heal.
(14-29) The Death of John the Baptist
Perhaps if Herod had not been entangled with Herodias he would have feared John the Baptist enough to listen to him and believe in Jesus. Unfortunately, Herod was more concerned about how his guests would view him than about how God viewed him. It is not enough to hear the Word gladly if we do not receive it, believe it, and obey it.
Favorite verse: (2) And on the Sabbath he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were astonished, saying, “Where did this man get these things? What is the wisdom given to him? How are such mighty works done by his hands?