Chapter # 4 Paragraph # 3 Study # 1
October 22, 2006
Lincolnton, N.C.

<290> Thesis: Jonah and Nahum are ultimately the "truth" of Jesus. Introduction: This morning we are going to begin a study of a new paragraph in Luke's record. It is his account of Jesus' move from Nazareth to Capernaum. I have made the claim that Luke told us about the events in Nazareth to set the central idea of Jesus' ministry before us. Jesus claimed He had been sent to give sight to the blind as the central methodological activity for the fulfillment of the promises of salvation. Luke told us that this claim was soundly rejected by those who had "seen" Jesus for 30 years and that Jesus walked away from them in the midst of their "blind" rage. Encapsulated within that record is the revelation of the most serious cause of man's "blindness": his tenacious commitment to being acceptable to others because of who he is and what he can do. The tenacity of this commitment is revealed by the wholesale perversion of the Law of God as it was twisted to serve this commitment. Now we have the next actual "ministry" story. It is the beginning of Luke's presentation of the central issue: Who has the "authority" to determine "Life's" character and means for creatures?