Devotion – Mark 6

S – When the Sabbath came, he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were astonished. “Where did this man get these things?” they said. “What is this wisdom that has been given to him, and how are these miracles performed by his hands? Isn’t this the carpenter, the son of Mary, and the brother of James, Joses, Judas, and Simon? And aren’t his sisters here with us?” So they were offended by him. 

Mark 6:2–3 CSB

O – When people become familiar, we lessen their value. In relationship, the norm can override their ability to be great.  Those who grew up with or knew of Jesus as he grew up and lived are baffled by his wisdom and power.  More over, they were offended – (from skandalizomai, “to be caused to stumble, to be repelled”;  finding no reason to believe He was God’s Anointed One.

The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures,

A – I can do this so easily.  I can say “I know that guy.”  In doing so, believe less of him or what God is doing in his life.  It is better to believe the best and let God do what He needs to in that person’s life.  It is not my job to judge.  Yet, as a leader, you need to be led by the Spirit to know truth vs false naratives.

R – Lord, I ask the Holy Spirit to lead me to see the truth in people and situations so I can believe your best in each.