Week of September 29 - Day 3

Day 3 Read: Luke 4:16-22

And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up. And as was his custom, he went to the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and he stood up to read. 17 And the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written,

18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
    because he has anointed me
    to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives
    and recovering of sight to the blind,
    to set at liberty those who are oppressed,
19 to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor.”

20 And he rolled up the scroll and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. 21 And he began to say to them, “Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.” 22 And all spoke well of him and marveled at the gracious words that were coming from his mouth. And they said, “Is not this Joseph's son?”  

Reflect: How do you think those who knew Jesus and watched Him grow up in Nazareth felt about Jesus’ proclamation here?

Consider: “Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing” This is a PERFECT PASSIVE INDICATIVE. It speaks of the eschatological fulfillment of the promise of the coming of the Kingdom of God, which was now present in Jesus. What a shocking statement! The Kingdom of God is the focus of Jesus’ preaching. It is the reign of God in men’s hearts now that will one day be consummated over all the earth as it is in heaven. It is both here and now and yet future!3

Respond: Why do you think God inspired Isaiah to write that the Messiah’s ministry would be to the poor? What kind of freedom did the captives need? With what kind of blindness is God most concerned? How does Jesus, then, fulfill the prophecy of Isaiah?

3 Robert James Utley, The Gospel according to Luke, vol. Volume 3A, Study Guide Commentary Series (Marshall, TX: Bible Lessons International, 2004), Lk 4:21.