24 And he said, “Truly, I say to you, no prophet is acceptable in his hometown. 25 But in truth, I tell you, there were many widows in Israel in the days of Elijah, when the heavens were shut up three years and six months, and a great famine came over all the land, 26 and Elijah was sent to none of them but only to Zarephath, in the land of Sidon, to a woman who was a widow. 27 And there were many lepers in Israel in the time of the prophet Elisha, and none of them was cleansed, but only Naaman the Syrian.” 28 When they heard these things, all in the synagogue were filled with wrath. 29 And they rose up and drove him out of the town and brought him to the brow of the hill on which their town was built, so that they could throw him down the cliff. 30 But passing through their midst, he went away.Luke 4:24-30
A prophet is a speaker of truth or one inspired by God through the Holy Spirit to deliver a message. Prophesy is to speak unknown future events by divine revelation. Prophesy is to give instruction.
I find it interesting how in Jesus’s hometown the people rejected Him. It seems the closer someone is to you in proximity or even family relations, the harder it is for them to hear the truth. It’s easy to doubt the work of God in those close to us because we have been with them, and we know them. Have you ever experienced those moments when you’ve said something to someone a million times, and then one person from out of state drops in, and boom, they get a revelation? However, it is not our job to please the one who is hearing us but rather to simply speak the truth in love. Speaking the truth is something we all must learn to do. Speak truth about what happened. Speak truth to yourself about how you are handling it. Speak God’s truth to yourself and others.
Speaking the truth always comes with a price. This was Jesus speaking and they tried to throw him off a cliff.
Father, forgive me for the times that I don’t stand up for the truth because I am afraid to be seen as unkind, judgmental, or some other fear thought. Teach me to love the truth and to speak the truth. Help me Lord, to stand for truth even when it is uncomfortable because You sent Your Son to come and die, so that we could have the Truth. In Jesus Name. Amen.
All is grace,