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Jesus Quietly Passed Through Those Trying to Kill Him

In the last couple of posts we have been talking about Luke chapter 4. Jesus States His Mission and Jesus – “No prophet is acceptable in his own country” are valuable teachings that we have already seen in this chapter.  But there is another teaching, this one by example, that is illustrated here. Look at the following verses.  Just previously Jesus had finished quoting Isaiah 61:1-2 and proclaiming its fulfillment in him and teaching how prophets were not accepted within their own country, within their own families:

Luk 4:28 And they were all filled with wrath in the synagogue, as they heard these things;
Luk 4:29 and they rose up, and cast him forth out of the city, and led him unto the brow of the hill whereon their city was built, that they might throw him down headlong.
Luk 4:30 But he passing through the midst of them went his way.

Jesus passed right through a synagogue full of people who had mobbed around him and were planning to throw him headlong down the hill! And this is not the first time nor the last that we see this phenomenon. Look at this record from Matthew about the baby Jesus:

Mat 2:12 And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way.
Mat 2:13 Now when they were departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I tell thee: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him.
Mat 2:14 And he arose and took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt;
Mat 2:15 and was there until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt did I call my son.

Jesus was the target of murderous intent from early childhood. And we see from the incident above that God communicated a way to escape; first there was a dream that Lord Joseph and Mary not to see Herod, and then an Angel appeared in another dream telling Joseph to take the family to Egypt.

Here is another time when Jesus was under attack:

Mat 12:14 But the Pharisees went out, and took counsel against him, how they might destroy him.
Mat 12:15 And Jesus perceiving it withdrew from thence: and many followed him; and he healed them all,
Mat 12:16 and charged them that they should not make him known:
Mat 12:17 that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying,
Mat 12:18 Behold, my servant whom I have chosen; My beloved in whom my soul is well pleased: I will put my Spirit upon him, And he shall declare judgment to the Gentiles.
Mat 12:19 He shall not strive, nor cry aloud; Neither shall any one hear his voice in the streets…

Verse 14 says that the Pharisees were planning on how to destroy Jesus. Verse 15 says that Jesus perceived this. Verses 17 through 19 talk about how Jesus’ actions were a fulfillment of prophecy in Isaiah and specifically that Jesus walked under the guidance of the spirit in his mission. Part of that guidance was evading attack as illustrated in these examples! Not only that, but he did it without causing a riot, crying aloud, shouting his voice in the streets. He didn’t strive. He didn’t cause a commotion.

Under the leadership of the spirit Jesus repeatedly evaded those that sought to harm him. He did it in masterful ways. It wasn’t until it was his appointed time that he suffered the terrible crucifixion and death. Until that time part of the guidance of the Spirit was quietly leading him through deadly situations without harm.

Jesus is our example. His example here was to quietly walk in the power of the Spirit through deadly situations without harm.

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August 15th, 2010 Posted by | Jesus' Teaching and Miracles | no comments

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