A Prophet Has No Honor

A prophet has no honor in his own country

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A Prophet Has No Honor

John 4:43-45 A Prophet Has No Honor

JOHN 4:43-44  43 Now after the two days He departed from there and went to Galilee. 44 For Jesus Himself testified that a prophet has no honor in his own country.

When had Jesus testified, “a prophet has no honor in his own country”?
“When He had come to His own country, He taught them in their synagogue, so that they were astonished and said, “Where did this Man get this wisdom and these mighty works? Is this not the tektonos’ son? Is not His mother called Mary? And His brothers James, Joses, Simon, and Judas? And His sisters, are they not all with us? Where then did this Man get all these things?” So they were offended at Him. But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own country and in his own house.” Now He did not do many mighty works there because of their unbelief.” (Matthew 13:54-58)

Is it still true that a prophet has no honor in his own country?
False prophets abound today. When God does raise up a true prophet, many of those who knew him before God called him try to keep him in his previous social position and reject him as a prophet of God, as the Jews in the synagogue tried to do to Jesus above.

How can we distinguish a true prophet from the false prophets?
A true prophet never contradicts what God wrote in the Bible, and the prophecies that God issues through a true prophet always come true: “And if you say in your heart, ‘How shall we know the word which the Lord has not spoken?’ when a prophet speaks in the name of the Lord, if the thing does not happen or come to pass, that is the thing which the Lord has not spoken; the prophet has spoken it presumptuously; you shall not be afraid of him.” (Deuteronomy 18:21-22)

JOHN 4:45  45 So when He came to Galilee, the Galileans received Him, having seen all the things He did in Jerusalem at the feast; for they also had gone to the feast.

So why did the Galileans receive Jesus this time?
John 4:45 says that some of them had seen His miracles in Jerusalem.

Are they now true followers of Jesus?
Not necessarily, but they're interested in Him doing some miracles for them too. There is a difference between a follower of Jesus and a consumer of Jesus.

What is the difference?
A follower of Jesus follows Him primarily for what He did on the cross for their sins (see John 18 and John 19). A consumer of Jesus is primarily interested in what more He can do for them.

Which are you?

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