“And he said unto them, Ye will surely say unto me this proverb, Physician, heal thyself: whatsoever we have heard done in Capernaum, do also here in thy country.” Luke 4:23
This happened when he (Jesus) came to his own people and blessed them with a scripture reading but they received him not. They were judgemental and critical, and filled with wrath they “rose up, and thrust him out of the city, …that they might cast him down headlong” (Luke 4:29).
What was the problem?
Jesus had said, “This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears” (Luke 4:21).
What was the scripture?
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord” (Luke 4:18-19).
Gracious words ain’t they? But if you analyse it it’s not good news for all but is glad tidings for the poor, broken-hearted, captives, blind and those bruised.
Jesus said, “But I tell you of a truth, many widows were in Israel in the days of Elias, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, when great famine was throughout all the land; But unto none of them was Elias sent, save unto Sarepta, a city of Sidon, unto a woman that was a widow. And many lepers were in Israel in the time of Eliseus the prophet; and none of them was cleansed, saving Naaman the Syrian” (Luke 4:25-27).
- There were many widows in Israel, but unto none of them was Elias sent, except for one.
- There were many lepers in Israel, but unto none of them was the prophet Eliseus sent, except for Naaman.
“And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him” (Luke 4:20), with that look that said heal us also. He sat down!
And he said, “Ye will surely say unto me this proverb, Physician, heal thyself: whatsoever we have heard done in Capernaum, do also here in thy country.” That proverb is null and void in the kingdom of God. Is this not Joseph’s son – why is he treating us like this? It doesn’t work like that, no matter how much you fasten your eyes on him. He hath anointed me for the poor, the brokenhearted, the captives, the blind, and they that are bruised.
I hear the Lord say,
“But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand. Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give” (Matthew 10:6-8).
So what’s in for the rest of us?
He said, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me…to preach the acceptable year of the Lord” (Luke 4:18-19).
“Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them….If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.” Luke 16:29-31