Familiarity Breeds Contempt

The better we know people, the more likely we are to find fault with them.

I know somebody this happen to, when Jesus returned to His hometown.

Matthew 13:54-58 He came to His hometown and began teaching them in their synagogue, so that they were astonished, and said, “Where did this man get this wisdom and these miraculous powers? 55 “Is not this the carpenter’s son? Is not His mother called Mary, and His brothers, James and Joseph and Simon and Judas? 56 “And His sisters, are they not all with us? Where then did this man get all these things?” 57 And they took offense at Him. But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his hometown and in his own household.” 58 And He did not do many miracles there because of their unbelief.

Luke says they were full of rage and wanted to throw Him off the cliff.http://kingofpeace.org/images/jesusoffthecliff.png

Luke 4:28-30 And all the people in the synagogue were filled with rage as they heard these things; 29 and they got up and drove Him out of the city, and led Him to the brow of the hill on which their city had been built, in order to throw Him down the cliff. 30 But passing through their midst, He went His way.

What could Jesus have possible said that would bring rage into the hearts of these people He grew up with, that they would want to throw Him off a cliff.

At first they were impressed with Him, the way He talked and the wisdom and clarity of His words. They knew Him they were familiar with Him. They were His relatives and friends.

What happen, What could He possible say to them in His very first sermon or teaching that could turn them away so quickly, that they wanted to kill Him, ANSWER- THE TRUTH- NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH. The first moment He spoke critical and preached hard or taught hard truths, they turned on Him. They wanted the feel good message, the soft message, the felt needs message. They wanted their ears scratched. 2 Timothy 4:3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires,

http://word-truth.com/sitebuildercontent/sitebuilderpictures/WORD.gifJesus gave them the greatest form of love, the truth. “Truth and Love” they are inseparable. Ephesians 4:15 Speaking the truth in love, is not holding back parts of the truth. Paul said, “For I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole purpose of God.” (Acts 20:27) Speaking the truth in love is not watering down the truth, it is to give the pure unadulterated, inerrant word of God, the pure milk of the word 1 Peter 2:1-2  Jesus did not give them what they wanted, He gave them what they needed. The greatest need is TRUTH IN LOVE.

The greatest thing a person can do for a friend, is to look them in the eye’s and give them the truth in love, like Nathan the Prophet looked at David and said “your that man” 2 Samuel 12:7

But these folks weren’t having any of it, they lost out on the truth of God’s word and the truth that would set them free. Which led Jesus to say “A prophet is not without honor except in his hometown and in his own household.” So they deprived themselves of further teachings.

Are we guilty in the same way today ?

Are we developing the familiarities today with those who teach the word of God in Truth and Love?

Do we allow our familiarities today to breed contempt, no longer respecting those who preach and teach in truth and love, taking them for granted?

Do we allow our familiarities today to breed contempt, no longer appreciating the word of God or those who teach and preach it?

Only you can answer that, being familiar with the word of God and allowing teachers and preachers to speak the truth in love can only produce blessing that Jesus’ home town folks are wishing they had now.

Finally Jesus was saying to them, “Take care what you listen to. By your standard of measure it will be measured to you; and more will be given you besides.” Mark 4:24

Familiarity Breeds Contempt.

If it does happen to you teacher and preacher you’re in great company.

Romans 11:36
Grace and Peace to you
in Him who saves -Lenny

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