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#64 The “I-Know” Mind Closes Hearts

When people think they know you, it can obstruct really knowing you.

Jesus had grown up among the people of Nazareth, they had watched him develop from childhood, so they were resistant to seeing him as anything but “”the carpenter’s son”. They’d heard about his miracles, and were hoping he’d do some.

But there was another problem: when the Spirit moves on hearts, as it did when Jesus spoke, it either softens them or hardens them, depending on the response of the heart-owner.

And so it is when he comes again to Nazareth.

He goes with his mother, brothers and sisters to the synagogue on Sabbath, and is asked to read from Isaiah.

He chooses the first few lines of the passage, “The Spirit of the Lord has anointed me.to preach the graciousness of God to the poor…deliverance¬† to captives…to heal broken hearts… recovery of sight to the blind…liberty to the oppressed …and the year of the Lord’s favor.”*

Their hearts open to his manner and authority, and they respond with praises under the influence of God’s Spirit.

Then he announces, “Today, this scripture is fulfilled in your presence…”

Suddenly they realize, He is talking about himself and us! We need deliverance? sight? healing?…

Satan is determined.

Comparing us with Gentiles! Who does he think he is? Claiming the glory of the Messiah for himself! We know him! He is no more than a carpenter’s son!

Their hearts, momentarily softened and opened by Spirit’s graciousness, are slammed shut harder by doubt.

Luke 4:16-23

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