READ | Mark 6:1-6a
1 And he went out from thence, and came into his own country; and his disciples follow him.
2 And when the Sabbath day was come, he began to teach in the synagogue: and many hearing him were astonished, saying, From whence hath this man these things? and what wisdom is this which is given unto him, that even such mighty works are wrought by his hands?
3 Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? and are not his sisters here with us? And they were offended at him.
4 But Yahushua said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, but in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house.
5 And he could there do no mighty work, save that he laid his hands upon a few sick folk, and healed them.
6 And he marvelled because of their unbelief. And he went round about the villages, teaching.
After reading the past two days about people who received miracles from Yahushua through their faith, today we read about an entire town that, for the most part, missed out on receiving any miracles from Yahushua because of their lack of faith. This once again proves that God’s will coming to pass in our lives is dependent on our faith. Naturally, Yahushua wanted to bring blessings to the people in the town where He had spent most of His life. The Bible, however, said that He couldn’t do any mighty miracles there because of the people’s unbelief (see Mark 6:5). This clearly indicates that He desired to do mighty miracles there. Notice also that the Bible said Yahushua couldn’t , not wouldn’t do any mighty miracles there. It wasn’t because He didn’t want to perform mighty miracles for them, it was because He was actually limited by their unbelief.
All Christians know this is true concerning salvation, so why don’t they realize that it’s true concerning anything else we receive from God? It is God’s will for everyone to be saved, but God’s will doesn’t come to pass in a person’s life unless that person believes the gospel. That means there are people in hell right now whom God wanted to be in heaven. Likewise, if a person is ill, we should not conclude that it’s God’s will for that person to remain ill. God expects us to believe His Word, but so few do when it comes to healing because they’ve been wrongly taught that it may not be God’s will for them to be healed. Thus they have no faith for healing, and Yahushua is hindered by their unbelief.
Even when they pray for healing, many Christians confess their unbelief, saying, “Lord, if it is Your will, please heal me.” They are admitting that they aren’t sure what God’s will is, which makes it impossible for them to have faith. Faith can only be born from God’s promises. Only when God’s will is not revealed is it appropriate to say, “If it is Your will.” Otherwise, we’re saying to God, “Lord, I know what You’ve promised, but in case You were lying about it, I don’t want to hold You to what You said.” The Bible says, “Are any among you sick?…prayer offered in faith will heal the sick, and the Lord will make them well” (James 5:14-15). How can any Bible-believing Christian argue with that?
The reason the majority of people in Nazareth didn’t believe in Yahushua was because they had known Him and His family for decades. They knew He was a very good person, but they had no idea that He was God’s Son. They refused to believe in Him, even though they had heard about His miracles in other places and heard Him speak before them with great wisdom. Thankfully, however, there were a few people in Nazareth who apparently had some faith, but who, as the original Greek indicates, had only minor ailments. Yahushua laid His hands on them and healed them. But for the majority of people in Nazareth, Yahushua was “amazed at their unbelief” (Mark 6:6).
Q. How do you think Yahushua feels about the lack of faith in people today?
A. He is probably amazed at everyone who doesn’t believe in Him because of the overwhelming evidence that He was a historical person whose life story is accurately recorded in the Bible. However, Yahushua once wondered if anyone would have any faith when He returns, saying, “When the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?” (Luke 18:8, NASB).
Application: Could it be that you may have hindered Yahushua from working more in your life by your unbelief? In prayer today, ask the Lord is this is so, and if it is, ask Him to help you grow in faith.