MARK 6:1-6 NKJV Then He went out from there and came to His own country, and His disciples followed Him. 2 And when the Sabbath had come, He began to teach in the synagogue. And many hearing Him were astonished, saying, “Where did this Man get these things? And what wisdom is this which is given to Him, that such mighty works are performed by His hands! 3 Is this not the carpenter, the Son of Mary, and brother of James, Joses, Judas, and Simon? And are not His sisters here with us?” So they were offended at Him. 4 But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own country, among his own relatives, and in his own house.” 5 Now He could do no mighty work there, except that He laid His hands on a few sick people and healed them. 6 And He marveled because of their unbelief. Then He went about the villages in a circuit, teaching.
This passage gives us clear insight into what blocked the healing power of Jesus so that only a “few sick people with minor ailments were healed.” This kind of reminds me of much of the “healing ministry” in today’s church where we seldom see more than a headache being dramatically healed. So what is the problem? I have noted the three culprits in bold letters in the text above.
Becoming offended is a major weapon of satan to cancel the effectiveness of faith in the life of a believer. Here the people are offended at “the preacher” because they thought someone of such humble beginnings couldn’t be used by God so powerfully. Becoming offended at the Man or Woman of God is all to common in the church and there are many believers who remain sick because of it. We should avoid offense like it was a rattle snake because it is just as poisonous in the spiritual sense. If we are bitten by Offense it begins a slow process of poisoning our whole system until we begin to look for how everyone is going to “do us wrong” and we live a life totally dominated by strife.
What is the cure for “offense”? It is the Love of God, because “love does not take into account a wrong suffered” according to 1 CORINTHIANS 13. People often asked me, “Have I offended you?” My answer is “No, because I forgave you before you gave cause for offense.” Learn to live with a forgiving attitude, that is love in action. E.W. Kenyon said, “A step out of love is s step into sin.”
2. WITHOUT HONOR.
Just like walking in love is a key to having great faith, being an “honorable person” is just as important. The bible tells us to “give honor to whom honor is due”, and “to give honor to all men.” The first show of honor for a believer should be in our giving according to PROVERBS 3:9-10 Honor the Lord with your possessions, and with the firstfruits of all your increase; 10 So your barns will be filled with plenty, And your vats will overflow with new wine.
Biblical Stewardship is an indication that a person has a spirit of honor for if a man would “rob God” he would also be dishonorable to all men. Showing honor is a matter of respecting others at the level they deserve. All men deserve honor as human beings made in God’s Image. The Bible tells us that some are “more worthy of honor because of the level of responsibility they have been entrusted with (1 TIMOTHY 5:17-18). For
Example all soldiers deserve honor, but a General is more respected that a Private.
The Bible plainly states that “unbelief” is evil in the sight of God, especially after being a witness to His mighty power in operation, HEBREWS 3:12. The word “unbelief” can be a result of “ignorance of the facts” which is not a sin, but the evil “unbelief” is being “unpersuadable” due to hard-heartedness or being stiff necked. Jesus’ power was blocked in the above passage because the people could not be persuaded to take Him at His Word regardless of all the miracles they had witnessed. The only way to overcome an evil heart of unbelief is full submission to Christ as Lord and acceptance of the Bible as the ‘INFALLIBLE WORD OF GOD.” (2 TIMOTHY 3:16-17). As we read, study, and listen to the Word of God, we will become “persuaded” to believe all that is written therein as Holy Spirit brings illumination to truth.
Let us beware of the three “faith destroyers” of Offense, Dishonor, and Unbelief. God wants us to operate in our full “faith potential” which is “great faith” (MATTHEW 8:5-11) and walk in the realm of the miraculous.