Chapter # 4 Paragraph # 2 Study # 9
September 24, 2006
Lincolnton, N.C.

<282> Thesis: We are not dealing with "Joseph's son". Introduction: As we have considered Luke's record of Jesus' trip to Nazareth over the last several weeks, we have picked up on two major issues. The first of those issues is that Jesus is identified by Luke at the outset of the record of His words and deeds as the One anointed by God to bring sight to the blind. In the context of John 9:39 (in which 9:32 is a major element) Jesus deliberately presented Himself to the nation as the fulfillment of the text that Luke has used in Luke 4:18-19. In that text, He made the claim that He had "come into this world, that they which see not might see..." Luke has set his record of Jesus' confrontation of the blind who live in Nazareth into this major "focus" issue. The second of those issues is the inescapable antagonism of the people in Nazareth and the end of Jesus' patience with them. In the overall context of our studies, we have repeatedly noted that that antagonism is directed at Jesus for one specific reason: He represents a "God" Who will not ultimately tolerate boasting or the wicked mindset that drives it. He will forgive those who have been involved in it if they will "repent", but He will never allow even one person into His Eternal Kingdom who refuses to deal with this issue. This morning we are going to look further into Luke's record so that we may see the reason for Jesus' "end of patience".