C. The Increase of Rejection
1. Rejection by His Countrymen
53 And when Jesus had finished these parables, He departed from there.
54 aAnd He came into His own country and taught them in their bsynagogue, so that they were castounded and said, Where did this man get this dwisdom and these works of power?
55 Is not this the 1carpenter's ason? Is not His bmother called Mary, and His cbrothers James and Joseph and Simon and Judas?
56 And His sisters, are they not all with us? Where then did this man get all these things?
57 And they were astumbled because of Him. But Jesus said to them, A bprophet is not without honor except in his own country and in his own house.
58 And He did 1not do many works of power there because of their unbelief.
2. Rejection by the Heathen Tetrarch
1 aAt that time bHerod the tetrarch heard the report concerning Jesus,
2 And he said to his servants, This is aJohn the Baptist; he has been raised from the dead, and because of this these bworks of power 1are operating through him.
3 For Herod had seized John and bound him and put him in aprison on account of bHerodias, the wife of Philip his brother.
4 For John had been saying to him, It is anot lawful for you to have her.
5 And though he desired to kill him, he feared the crowd because they aheld him as a bprophet.
6 But when Herod's abirthday came, the daughter of Herodias danced in their midst and pleased Herod;
7 Hence, he promised with an oath to give her whatever she asked.
8 And she, being instigated by her mother, said, Give me here on a platter the head of John the Baptist.
9 And the king was grieved, yet because of the oaths and those reclining at table with him, he commanded it to be given.
10 And he sent men and 1beheaded John in the prison.
11 And his head was brought on a platter and given to the girl, and she brought it to her mother.
12 And his adisciples came and took the corpse and buried it; and they came and reported the matter to Jesus.
13 aAnd when Jesus heard this, He 1withdrew from there in a boat to a deserted place privately. And when the crowds heard of it, they 2followed Him on foot from the cities.
3. The Miracle of Feeding Five Thousand
14 And going forth, He saw a great crowd, and He was moved with acompassion for them and healed their sick.
15 Now when evening fell, the disciples came to Him, saying, This place is deserted and the hour is already 1late. Send the crowds away that they may go into the villages and buy food for themselves.
16 But Jesus said to them, They do not need to go away. You 1agive them something to 2eat.
17 And they said to Him, We do not have anything here except five 1loaves and two 1fish.
18 And He said, 1Bring them here to Me.
19 And after commanding the crowds to 1recline on the grass, He took the afive loaves and the two fish, and 2blooking up to heaven, He cblessed and 3dbroke the loaves and 4gave them to the disciples, and the disciples to the crowds.
20 And they all ate and were satisfied. And they took up what was left over of the abroken pieces, 1twelve handbaskets full.
21 And those who ate were about five thousand men, apart from women and children.
4. The Miracle of Walking on the Sea
22 aAnd immediately He 1compelled the disciples to step into the boat and to go before Him to the other side, while He sent the crowds away.
23 And after He sent the crowds away, He went up to the mountain privately to 1apray. And when 2night fell, He was there alone.
24 Now the boat was already 1in the midst of the sea, being battered by the waves, for the wind was contrary.
25 And in the 1fourth awatch of the night He came to them, 2bwalking on the sea.
26 And the disciples, seeing Him walking on the sea, were astartled, saying, It is a ghost! And they cried out for fear.
27 But immediately Jesus talked to them, saying, Take acourage. 1It is I. Do bnot be afraid.
28 And Peter answered Him and said, Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.
29 And He said, Come. And Peter, coming down from the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus.
30 But 1seeing the strong wind, he became frightened; and as he began to sink, he cried out, saying, Lord, asave me!
31 And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and took hold of him and said to him, You of alittle faith, why did you 1bdoubt?
32 And when they got up into the boat, the 1wind ceased.
33 And those who were in the boat aworshipped Him, saying, Truly You are the 1bSon of God.
5. Healing by the Fringe of the King's Garment
34 aAnd they crossed over and came to land at bGennesaret.
35 And when the men of that place recognized Him, they sent word into all that surrounding region and brought to Him all who were ill.
36 And they begged Him that they might only touch the 1afringe of His garment. And as many as btouched were completely 2healed.
6. The Accusation by the Traditional Religionists
1 aThen some Pharisees and scribes 1came to Jesus from bJerusalem, saying,
2 Why do Your disciples 1transgress the atradition of the elders? For they do bnot wash their hands when they eat bread.
3 And He answered and said to them, Why do you also 1transgress the commandment of God because of your tradition?
4 For God said, 1a"Honor your father and your mother,'' and, "He who 2bspeaks evil of father or mother, let him 3be put to death.''
5 But you say, Whoever says to his father or his mother, Whatever you would have been profited by me is now a 1gift to God,
6 Shall by no means honor his father or his mother; and you have deprived the word of God of its authority because of your tradition.
7 1aHypocrites! Well has Isaiah prophesied concerning you, saying,
8 a"This people honors Me with their lips, but their 1heart stays far away from Me;
9 But in 1vain do they worship Me, teaching as teachings the acommandments of men.''
10 And He called the crowd to Him and said to them, aHear and understand:
11 It is not that which enters into the mouth that adefiles the man; but that which proceeds out of the mouth, this 1defiles the man.
12 Then the disciples came and said to Him, Do You know that the Pharisees were stumbled when they heard this word?
13 And He answered and said, Every plant which My heavenly Father has 1not aplanted shall be brooted up.
14 Let them be. They are 1ablind guides of the blind; and if a blind man guides a blind man, both will fall into a pit.
15 And Peter answered and said to Him, Explain this parable to us.
16 And He said, Are you also still awithout understanding?
17 Do you not understand that everything that goes into the mouth passes into the astomach and is expelled into the drain?
18 But the things which proceed out of the mouth come out of the heart, and those adefile the man.
19 For out of the aheart come 1bevil reasonings, murders, cadulteries, fornications, thefts, false witnessings, blasphemies.
20 These are the things which defile the man, but eating with unwashed hands does not defile the man.
7. The Faith of a Gentile Woman
21 aAnd Jesus went from there and withdrew into the parts of 1bTyre and Sidon.
22 And behold, a 1aCanaanite woman came out from those borders and cried out, saying, Have mercy on me, 2Lord, bSon of David! My daughter suffers terribly from demon possession.
23 But He did not answer her a word. And His disciples came and implored Him, saying, Send her away, for she is crying out after us.
24 But He answered and said, I was not 1sent except to the lost sheep of the ahouse of Israel.
25 But she came and 1aworshipped Him, saying, 2Lord, help me!
26 But He answered and said, It is not good to take the children's 1bread and throw it to the 2little adogs.
27 And she said, Yes, Lord, for even the little dogs eat of the 1crumbs which fall from their masters' atable.
28 Then Jesus answered and said to her, O woman, great is your afaith! Be it bdone to you as you wish. And her daughter was healed from that chour.
8. Healing for the Glorification of God
29 aAnd Jesus departed from there and came beside the bSea of 1Galilee; and He went up to the cmountain and sat there.
30 And great crowds came to Him, having with them the lame, the blind, the crippled, the dumb, and many other sick ones; and they 1laid them at His feet, and He healed them,
31 So that the crowd marveled, because they saw the adumb speaking, the crippled healthy and the lame walking, and the bblind seeing. And they cglorified the dGod of Israel.
9. The Miracle of Feeding Four Thousand
32 aAnd Jesus called His disciples to Him and said, I am moved with bcompassion for the crowd, because for three days now they have remained with Me and they do not have anything to eat. And I am 1not willing to send them away hungry, lest they faint on the way.
33 And the disciples said to Him, Where can we get so many loaves in this 1desolate place to asatisfy so great a crowd?
34 And Jesus said to them, 1How many loaves do you have? And they said, Seven, and a few small fish.
35 And after He commanded the crowd to recline on the ground,
36 He 1took the aseven loaves and the fish, and giving bthanks, He broke them and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples to the crowds.
37 And they all ate and were satisfied. And they took up what was left over of the abroken pieces, seven baskets full.
38 And those who ate were four thousand men, apart from women and children.
39 And after He sent the crowds away, He stepped into the boat and came to the borders of Magadan.
10. Temptation by the Fundamentalists and the Modernists
1 aAnd the Pharisees and Sadducees came, and btesting Him asked Him to show them a 1csign out of heaven.
2 But He answered and said to them, 1When evening falls, you say, There will be fair weather, for the sky is red;
3 And in the morning, It will be stormy today, for the sky is red and gloomy. The 1face of the sky you know how to adiscern, but you cannot 2discern the signs of the times.
4 An aevil and adulterous generation seeks after a sign, and a sign shall not be given to it, except the 1sign of bJonah. And He cleft them and went away.
5 And when the disciples came to the other side, they had forgotten to take 1bread.
6 And Jesus said to them, Watch and beware of the aleaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees.
7 But they reasoned among themselves, saying, It is because we did not take bread.
8 And Jesus, knowing it, said, Why are you reasoning among yourselves, you of alittle faith, because you have no bread?
9 Do you not yet understand nor remember the afive loaves of the five thousand and how many 1handbaskets you took up?
10 Nor the aseven loaves of the four thousand and how many 1baskets you took up?
11 How is it that you do not understand that it was not about bread that I spoke to you? But beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees.
12 Then they understood that He did not say to beware of the leaven of bread, but of the 1teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees.