1 Peter 5:3 "Nor as being lords over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock."
Day 129 – Mark 6
“Nor as being lords over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock.”
1 Peter 5:3
A SAD OBSERVATION
Jesus saw little point in trying to convince those who had already closed their mind to learn new and deeper truths. There was only one remark that could be made.
“A prophet is not without honour except in
his own country, among his own relatives,
and in his own house.”
1. A prophet
a) Jesus was of course much more than a prophet.
b) Nazareth would not even accord Him the honour of being a prophet of God!
2. Not without honour
a) God Himself will honour His faithful servants.
(How much more His only begotten Son… (Cf. Mark 1:11)
b) Others will honour Jesus
i) His fame spread throughout all the region around Galilee (Cf. Mark 1:28).
ii) People glorified God in the miracles of Jesus (Cf. Mark 2:12).
3. Exceptions noted
Jesus highlighted three exceptions:-
a) His own country
In this regard, the remark was made with reference to Nazareth, his hometown.
b) Among His relatives
Jesus, growing up in a typical Jewish community would of course have many relatives. Is it not strange that in all the Gospels, His relatives are never mentioned as His supporters?
c) In His own house
This phrase would have direct reference to His immediate family (Four brothers were mentioned by name. Jesus had sisters too, but their names were not mentioned). His family had already thought that He was out of His mind (Cf. Mark 3:21).
The failure to honour Jesus was no loss to Him. Those who rejected Him lost out!