• William T. Howe Ph.D.

October 17, 2021

Daily Reading: Mark 6-7

Mark 6:4

But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, but in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house.

Have you experienced this as a spouse, parent, or on the job; you say a thing over and over again and no one listens? Someone new comes around, says the same thing and everyone thinks they are brilliant? Happens all the time, doesn’t it? Jesus said it would, it is just the way it is. Oftentimes strangers are honored more than those who are most familiar to us.

He said this in Nazareth wherein the people asked, “Isn’t this the carpenter’s son? How does He know all these things?” Because of their lack of honor toward Him as the Son of God He could do no great works there; save He healed a few sick folks. It seems that by healing, even a few, that the people of Nazareth would come to see Him, not as a boy growing up on their dusty streets, but as Christ, the Messiah.

Of a truth He said, A prophet is not without honour, but in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house. Meaning that in places that the prophet is not known, there is honor bestowed upon them. But in his own country, that is the place where there is a lack of honor shown to God’s man. Perhaps this is the basis of the old saying “familiarity breeds contempt.” The closer a person brings into focus their blemishes, doubtful tendencies, and or personal sin (of which every person, except for the Lord Jesus has), when they speak a wonderful, truthful, and thought-provoking thing, it is sometimes difficult to see its brilliance. After all, “Isn’t that just dad being dad, or that’s just preacher being preacher, or that is just a junior employee with that idea.” See how easy this sneaks in.

The fine citizens of Nazareth can’t be blamed too harshly in this, after all they did not yet have Romans 13:7. It would be years before the apostle Paul was inspired by the Holy Spirit to write: Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour. But we have it. Let’s learn to practice it, and honor the prophets even if they are familiar to the point of knowing their blemishes and ill behavior as a youngster. Not Jesus, He was perfect every second of His life on earth and in eternity past and future, but His prophets, preachers, and pastors, as well as all others in authority are all at their absolute best humans.

By the way, speaking of honour Peter wrote: Honour all men. (I Peter 2:17) Even the ones you know well.

Until tomorrow, live for Christ today.

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