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Mark 6:1-6 – Jesus Is Rejected in His Hometown of Nazareth

Summary

The second cycle of stories about Jesus and his ministry concludes with an account of his rejection by the people of his hometown.

Analysis

Jesus returns to his own country to teach in the synagogue at Nazareth. The people question his wisdom and his mighty works because they know him to be the carpenter, the son of Mary, with brothers and sisters, and so they are offended at him. Jesus says, "Prophets are not without honor, except in their hometown, and among their own kin, and in their own house" (6:4). Unable to do deeds of power there, except healing a few sick people and curing them, Jesus is "amazed at their unbelief" (6:6).

Mark 6:1-6

The Rejection of Jesus at Nazareth

6He left that place and came to his home town, and his disciples followed him. 2On the sabbath he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were astounded. They said, ‘Where did this man get all this? What is this wisdom that has been given to him? What deeds of power are being done by his hands! 3Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary* and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon, and are not his sisters here with us?’ And they took offence* at him. 4Then Jesus said to them, ‘Prophets are not without honour, except in their home town, and among their own kin, and in their own house.’ 5And he could do no deed of power there, except that he laid his hands on a few sick people and cured them. 6And he was amazed at their unbelief.

The Mission of the Twelve

Then he went about among the villages teaching.

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