Luke 4:21-22 And he began to say to them, "Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing." And all spoke well of him, and wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of his mouth; and they said, "Is not this Joseph's son?"
There are some things we all know, that everyone knows, and should be obvious. For example, while there might be a shortage of power in California – no one would even think of turning off a city’s power during the superbowl, it could lead to a major riot. There are other things we know also – there is a difference between an architect and a mr.fixit; just as there is a difference between an engineer and a mechanic; so also there is a difference between a general and a janitor. But all too often when we think of God, we think too small – that is we come to God as though he were the janitor who cleans up our messes, the mechanic who repairs what was broke down, the repairman who fixes what is broken – and that’s all. So that if its not broken, there is no need of God – if this is not a day of trouble, then God is unnecessary. So there is no awe of God the Architect of the Universe, the Engineer of all Creation, and the Commander of Legions of Angels.
We thus take God for granted, and treat him as ordinary. And this is a great sin. For when we do, we profane the name of God, and dishonor him to the utmost. For to treat God as ordinary, is to take what is sacred and honorable, and treat it as thought it were ordinary and without honor. And that is what happened when Jesus preached at his home in Nazareth. The people heard is gracious words, and thought them ordinary.
What do we learn in the 3rd commandment? Honor the Sabbath Day and keep it holy. We should fear and love God that we may not despise preaching and His word, but hold it sacred, and gladly hear and learn it.
This does not merely say we should go to church. We despise the word when we fail to hold it sacred, that is, when we treat it as ordinary, or take it for granted. So if we all have bibles, and we all know that we should daily read them, why is it that we have so many excuses when we fail to do what we should? How many times have you heard someone say, I just don’t have time for Bible study. Now, here is the question: How are we just like the people of Nazareth?
If we take the grace of God for granted, if we look at it as something we are owed or deserve, if it ceases to be a wondrous gift of God – if there are other things we treasure more highly.
Why did the people of Nazareth get so angry? Jesus showed them their sins, and instead of confessing their sins, they sought to kill the one who had called them to repentance.
What is the miracle? That Jesus passed through their midst – they could not lay hands on him to kill him – however, this is the also last time we hear of Jesus in Nazareth.
And so we remember the scripture:
If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts!