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One of the first synagogues that Jesus spoke at after His baptism in Jordan and His wilderness experience in the desert was the synagogue at Nazareth- His hometown.   This , no doubt, was out of an affection for that despised village He grew up in that He wanted them to be amongst the first to be blessed by the Father.    When He read the torah to them and spoke as the Holy Spirit led Him, they  felt the unction of the Holy Spirit behind His words and had His full attention.  Then, as is often the case even with we Christians,  they began to reason and rationalize what He was saying, and asked, “Is not this Joseph’s son?– and He is saying He is the Messiah?!?”    Scepticism turned to wrath after Jesus called them on their disbelief toward Him.  Like Joseph’s brothers   who threw Joseph in a pit, seeking to kill him for His many visions and dreams,  they sought to push Jesus over the precipice ledge outside of that synagogue.    Passing through the midst of them, He went away.

Jesus could have left them push Him over, and the angels would have caught Him in mid-air.  By letting the people push Him off of the precipice,. Jesus  would be giving into satan’s previous temptation in the wilderness not to rely on the Holy Spirit, but rely on His own means in convincing others.   What a spectacle that would have been to convince the villagers that He was, indeed, the Messiah–  however, Jesus never resorts to dramatic schemes to appeal to mankind.   He knows that drama appeals to a person’s soul, but not to their spirits.    Isaiah learned this centuries ago when he called fire to come down from Heaven to consume the alter sacrifice.   Yes, the doubters were confounded and believed– for a time–but then they reverted back to their old mindset again.   God had to show Isaiah that He reaches man not through the loud, but through His still small voice.    The villagers in the synagogue initially listened to the Holy Spirit’s still small voice at first, but then they let the noise of their own human reasonings and rationalizations interfere.

When Jesus “passed through the midst” of the crowd , He didnt suddenly become invisible.  Without a word, He looked directly in the faces of His attackers, and the Holy Spirit looking RIGHT at them with Love and Truth through His pure eyes caused them to step back and let Him walk through and away from all of them.    He never pushes His will on anyone that does not receive Him;  He   simply walks away– yet walking away, He leaves an opportunity to open one’s heart to Him.  

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There was a reason that the temple soldiers put a blindfold over Jesus’s eyes when they scourged and beat Him for Pilate.   They didnt want to look in His pure eyes which would only convict them of thier brutality.   To look in Jesus’s eyes is to look directly at the Holy Spirit.   We are reminded of the Isrealites wishes that Moses cover his face after walking down the mountain from visiting God-  Seeing God’s glow in Moses eyes and his expression made the Isrealites uncomfortable.   To see God is to die- and this especially means, to die to the self life.   We do not want to die to our self-life and egos, therefore, it is more comfortable not to look at God.

Another point the Lord shows me regarding His experience at the precipice is that when we are backed into a corner and there is no way out– the Holy Spirit MAKES a way out for us without us needing to resort to our own plans and schemes.  In the devotional book, “God Calling II:  God at Eventide”,   a compilation of Jesus’s actual messages to two anonymous British women in the 1930’s – 40’s,   We read Jesus’s own words:

Antagonism- “…And He Passing through the Midst of Them…”:

“Face evil undaunted, and it will fall back, and let you pass on and do your work for Me.  The maddened crowd had sought to cast Me headlong, but they made way for Me,an dthrough their midst I passed unhindered.  Do not be surprised to find antagonism where you meet evil because you are a Home of My Spirit and it is My Spirit that arouses antagonism.  Go on your way so quietly and trust in Me. 

In My strength My follower need not flinch, but boldly facing evil, will overcome evil with good.  you follow the dauntless Christ.”

 

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