I read something in the Word today that really challenged me and I thought to share it with you.
“Jesus left that part of the country and returned with his disciples to Nazareth, his hometown. The next Sabbath he began teaching in the synagogue, and many who heard him were amazed. They asked, “Where did he get all this wisdom and the power to perform such miracles?” Then they scoffed, “He’s just a carpenter, the son of Mary and the brother of James, Joseph, Judas, and Simon. And his sisters live right here among us.” They were deeply offended and refused to believe in him. Then Jesus told them, “A prophet is honored everywhere except in his own hometown and among his relatives and his own family.” And because of their unbelief, he couldn’t do any miracles among them except to place his hands on a few sick people and heal them. And he was amazed at their unbelief…
Mark 6:1-6 NLT
I used to have the habit of skipping scriptures when reading an article; now, I make sure I read the scripture and not skip it.
Think about it, why do we skip scriptures to read what someone has written in a devotional, article, etc.
I’ve said all that to say, please read the scripture above before you continue reading this note.
This was the verse that really stood out for me:
And because of their unbelief, he couldn’t do any miracles among them except to place his hands on a few sick people and heal them.
And he was amazed at their unbelief.
Jesus could be amazed at unbelief?
Like, some people could decide not to believe in Him, so much so that He’s amazed by it?
The norm is that Jesus is amazed at faith, but it’s the opposite with his own people.
Just a chapter before this, a woman with amazing faith did something that made Jesus glad.
“And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace. Your suffering is over.”
Mark 5:34 NLT
“For she thought to herself, “If I can just touch his robe, I will be healed.”
Mark 5:28 NLT
But about his family and friends the Bible says:
“And because of their unbelief, he couldn’t do any miracles among them except to place his hands on a few sick people and heal them.”
Mark 6:5 NLT
In other towns, people will carry their sick on mats and Jesus will heal them all. Some will touch his garment and be healed, some will ask him to just speak healing and their loved ones will be healed instantly.
This has me praying for God to help me.
Holy Spirit also taught me that Jesus was more upset about their pride and not necessarily their unbelief. Here’s the scripture about a man with unbelief that clearly shows this:
“The spirit often throws him into the fire or into water, trying to kill him. Have mercy on us and help us, if you can.” “What do you mean, ‘If I can’?” Jesus asked. “Anything is possible if a person believes.” The father instantly cried out, “I do believe, but help me overcome my unbelief!” When Jesus saw that the crowd of onlookers was growing, he rebuked the evil spirit. “Listen, you spirit that makes this boy unable to hear and speak,” he said. “I command you to come out of this child and never enter him again!””
Mark 9:22-25 NLT
Jesus healed this man’s son, the same man that said ‘if’ Jesus can heal…but there was something different about this man’s heart.
In humility, he recognized his unbelief and asked Jesus to help him deal with it.
I started to check my heart and motives, is Jesus amazed at my faith (whether as small as a mustard seed) or is it my unbelief that amazes him?
I wouldn’t lie. There have been things I haven’t totally believed in God for. There are some promises that I have sort of pushed under because a part of me thinks it’s better not to believe, than to have faith and now be disappointed.
But all over the Bible, I see people who like me had cause to disbelieve but instead chose to trust God all the way through.
Think about it.
Today, do you amaze God with your little acts of faith or do you amaze His Son with your unbelief?
He isn’t even mad at your unbelief, but like the man with the demon-possessed son, we must ask Him to help us believe.
He was able to do many miracles in towns that believed because “…Anything is possible if a person believes.”
But with his people, ‘he couldn’t do any miracles among them’ because nothing is possible if a person does not believe.
Lord, help us with any unbelief we still have about you.
Help us to believe…
In Jesus name, amen!
Love and light,