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July 9, 2018

2ndSamuel 5:1-5, 9-10           Psalms 48         2ndCorinthians 12:2-10               Mark 6:1-13


     A millionaire, a construction worker and a miser walk into a bar and order a beer.  All three beers were served with a fly in them.  The millionaire promptly asked for another glass.  The construction worker fished out the fly and downed the beer. The thrifty man sticks his hand into the beer, grabs the fly by its wings, and shouts, “Spit it out! Spit it out!”

       Jesus moves on to his own country, from the area where his amazing works have seen astounding success.  Mark never explains Jesus’ movements.  We only know that Jesus intends to proclaim the message throughout Galilee, and that he will not be confined to any one town.  We know that he frequently seeks to escape the press of the crowds. Jesus’ home turf would seem to have good potential for success except that we know his family has already tried to collar him and bring him back there because they were convinced he was unbalanced if not insane.  Again, Jesus teaches in the synagogue on the Sabbath and again “many who heard him were amazed.”   We should not be surprised that Jesus excites astonishment in others, but in this town it swiftly turns to suspicion.

     Blindness to truth takes many forms, and those closest to Jesus don’t have an advantage in understanding who he is.  They are perplexed about the source of Jesus’ wisdom and deeds and ask themselves, “What’s this wisdom that has been gi