This is Pastor Marnie Leinberger’s sermon from Sunday, January 31, 2016. The scripture is Luke 4:21-30. In our service we read from the New Revised Standard Version and from The Message, a modern interpretation by Eugene Peterson. We read both with the hope that our understanding will be enriched.
This is from The Message:
21He rolled up the scroll, handed it back to the assistant, and sat down. Every eye in the place was on him, intent. Then he started in, “You’ve just heard Scripture make history. It came true just now in this place.” 22All who were there, watching and listening, were surprised at how well he spoke. But they also said, “Isn’t this Joseph’s son, the one we’ve known since he was a youngster?” 23 He answered, “I suppose you’re going to quote the proverb, ‘Doctor, go heal yourself. Do here in your hometown what we heard you did in Capernaum.’ 24Well, let me tell you something: No prophet is ever welcomed in his hometown. 25Isn’t it a fact that there were many widows in Israel at the time of Elijah during that three and a half years of drought when famine devastated the land, 26but the only widow to whom Elijah was sent was in Sarepta in Sidon? 27And there were many lepers in Israel at the time of the prophet Elisha but the only one cleansed was Naaman the Syrian.” 28 That set everyone in the meeting place seething with anger. 29They threw him out, banishing him from the village, then took him to a mountain cliff
The New Revised Standard Version can be found here.