10 Oct Luke 4:16-19

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16 He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. He stood up to read, 17 and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written:

18 “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, 

    because he has anointed me

    to proclaim good news to the poor.

He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners

    and recovery of sight for the blind,

to set the oppressed free,

19 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”

Jesus was just getting started with his ministry, and doing it in the place where he had grown up was the perfect setting. Jesus knew all the customs, procedures, and what was to be expected in that society. In this moment, Jesus spoke not as a prophet with the goal of spreading the good news of Christ to all. The typical custom was to stand while reading a passage and sit while teaching. His teaching was of Isaiah 61 and was short and concise. Often, growing up in America has structured us to think and act in a certain way. We feel we have a certain way to act in church, which is acceptable, and one which is not. We must never place these man-made rules above the authoritative Words of God. Rules and regulations are good reminders of what we should do, but they should never be an idol.