The people in Jesus hometown were “amazed” but not positively so. They knew his power and authority were true. They did not like it. When they asked, “Where then did this man get all these things?” they did not want to know the answer. The question was accusative. They took offense. And because of their lack of faith, they deprived themselves of miracles. This is an example of offense being taken from another’s perfect attitude and action. When offense is taken, it does not follow that the one giving offense is in sin.
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Written August 1985.