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Thursday, October 3, 2013

Flying with Thursday's Word by Brenda Smith : REJECT, REJECTED, REJECTION‏, part 1

If we are honest, every one of us have felt rejection at one time or another. Rejection comes in a variety of forms. Sometimes it sounds like this.... Job know you have great qualifications, I'm sure someone will hrie you, but you're not a good fit for us. Rejection starts in life at any early age. So get used to it. But somehow we can't. Mother Teresa said we have drugs for people with diseases like leprosy. But these drugs do not treat the main problem - the disease of being unwanted; rejected. Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted is the most terrible kind of poverty. Jesus himself was rejected.
Jesus had just returned to Galilee. The news about Him is spreadingly rapidly. He taught in their synagogues and the scripture says that everyone parised Him. Then He went to Nazareth "where He had been brought up." It was his habit/custom to go the was the Sabbath Day so that is exactly what He did. Someone said, Jesus would you come and read the scripture today? Can you imagine ? They handed Him the scroll of Isaiah. He unrolls it and He reads these powerful words. (18-19)  "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised. To preach the acceptable year of the Lord."  
The Bible then tells us that the eyes of everyone in the syngagoue were fastened on Jesus and He then says to this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.  Rejection is not exclusive. All of us get to participate. So don't be surprised when it happens. You've felt it before. So have I. (22) "and all bare him witness, and wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of his mouth. And they said, Is not this Joseph's son?" There is perhaps something that is difficult about ministering to people who have watched you grow up. The problem is they never seem to be sure that you have .....grown up. They remember you only as a child and they don't always give you the chance as an adult.

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