“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice”
“Isn’t This the Carpenter’s Son?”
(Please read Matthew 13:54-56)
How strange that people in Jesus’ own hometown would reject his teaching as they did here, but actually they had rejected him once before after marveling at his gracious words (see Luke 4:16 and following). He in turn was amazed at their unbelief, according to Mark’s report of this encounter (Mark 6:1-6).
Why did they reject him? Some Bible students think Nazareth was an unusually wicked place, based on Nathanael’s remark, when he was told that “Jesus of Nazareth” was the prophesied Messiah: “Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?” (John 1:46, NIV). But it could be that Nathanael’s rhetorical question was based simply on the fact that Nazareth was a poor little town and Galileans were generally looked down on because they were less cultivated and spoke a ruder dialect than Judeans.
The Nazarenes were thinking of Jesus as they had known him –- a lowly carpenter and a carpenter’s son -– and couldn’t absorb the magnitude of what he had become. They may have referred to his former lowly occupation so they could think of themselves as greater than he.
It’s too bad that the lack of judgment exhibited that day still lives in people who dismiss Jesus as just a good man with good intentions, and treat his claims of divinity as unbelievable. Often such rejection is based on assumptions after no more study or investigation than the people of Nazareth displayed on that sad day long ago.
As his disciples, we must avoid such shallow reasoning and carefully consider the abundant evidences supporting every claim made by Jesus, the Christ, the Son of God.