Jesus left that place and came to his hometown,
and his disciples followed him.
2On the sabbath he began to teach in the synagogue,
and many who heard him were astounded.
“Where did this man get all this?
What is this wisdom that has been given to him?
What deeds of power are being done by his hands!
3Is not this the carpenter,
the son of Mary
and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon,
and are not his sisters here with us?”
And they took offense at him.
4Then Jesus said to them,
“Prophets are not without honor,
except in their hometown,
and among their own kin,
and in their own house.”
5And he could do no deed of power there,
except that he laid his hands on a few sick people
and cured them.
6And he was amazed at their unbelief.
Then Jesus went about among the villages teaching.
7He called the twelve
and began to send them out two by two,
and gave them authority over the unclean spirits.
8He ordered them to take nothing for their journey except a staff;
no bread, no bag, no money in their belts;
9but to wear sandals and not to put on two tunics.
10He said to them,
“Wherever you enter a house,
stay there until you leave the place.
11If any place will not welcome you
and they refuse to hear you,
as you leave,
shake off the dust that is on your feet
as a testimony against them.”
12So they went out and proclaimed that all should repent.
13They cast out many demons,
and anointed with oil many who were sick
and cured them.
Queeries for the text:
Did Jesus' hometown ever end up embracing him after he came out?
Can you ever be viewed as an adult in the faith community you grew up in?
What are Jesus' sisters' names???
How much can anyone be known by way of their family?
How are people offended by Jesus' ministry?
How much does intention matter in power and healing?
What did Jesus teach in the villages?
What would happen if people took nothing for a journey today?
How often did they shake off the dust?
How many ways are there to give a testimony?
What should we repent of?
What are your queeries?