Re:Verse reading–Mark 6:1-13 (day one)
Nazareth was a small town. In several ways. Small in population. Small in imagination.
The people of this village all knew Jesus. They had seen him grown up. Known his father, his family.
Good to a point, except that it made them, as individuals and as a group, resistant to viewing Jesus through different lenses, to thinking of Him with a larger mind. When He began to do miracles that strongly indicated His identity, they refused to go down that road. He was a puzzle, but they steadfastly refused to consider that He was more than they already knew Him to be. The idea offended them.
“Familiarity breeds contempt” is the old proverb. In the case of Nazareth, it bred unbelief. (see Matthew 13:58 for this insight)
Do WE resist steps forward with Jesus because we think we already know Him? Are WE willing to consider that He is more than we presently know?