“But Jesus, said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, but in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house“ Mark 6:4.
It is true that our family members know us in a way that most others do not. They grew up around us, and they have a “history” of us.
Jesus experienced this as well when He was growing up. They knew him as the carpenter’s son that worked and helped his father with various chores in his shop. However, when they saw him teaching in the synagogue at the tender age of twelve, their conception of him didn’t seem to fit with what they had “known” about him.
“And it came to pass, that after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions. 47 And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers. 48 And when they saw him, they were amazed: and his mother said unto him, Son, why hast thou thus dealt with us? behold, thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing. 49 And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business?” Luke 2:46-49.
Later on when Christ began his ministry and his family heard about it, they accused him of having gone mad, and acting on that belief, tried to take charge of him as if he did not know what he was doing. ‘When his family heard about this, they went to take charge of him, for they said, “He is out of his mind”’ (Mark 3:21); ‘For even his own brothers did not believe in him’ (John 7:5); ‘but his own did not receive him’ (John 1:11); and ‘Then Jesus’ mother and brothers arrived. Standing outside, they sent someone in to call him. A crowd was sitting around him, and they told him, “Your mother and brothers are outside looking for you.” “Who are my mother and my brothers?” he asked. Then he looked at those seated in a circle around him and said “Here are my mother and my brothers! Whoever does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother”’ (Mark 3:31-35).
We all have a childhood. We all have grown up in a certain town or city. Most all of us went to elementary and high schools as we were growing up, and our classmates had a “history” with us that has been ingrained in their memories. But many of those classmates and friends may be unaware of the dealings that the Holy Spirit had with some as they were growing up. They particularly are unaware of how God had a calling on some, because they knew that person from their frame of reference. This is what the Son of God faced as well as He was growing up in the small town of Nazareth.
I believe that those who speak as God’s messengers deal with many misunderstandings and ordeals, and those who are closest to them, their families, may not always offer the support and understanding that one would think would be offered. This again, is due to the fact that they have known them in a different way than others who have benefited from their ministry. They have seen their short-comings. They have seen their lack of patience. They know of their humanity perhaps more than most.
But perhaps this place offers the prophet the breeding ground for training in a way that couldn’t be done otherwise. Without the struggles the man or woman of God may never become all that God intended them to be. And let it be known that not all face the same ordeals with those closest to them. Many are joined and knitted together in such a way that the plight of one becomes the plight of all. But every man must work out his own salvation with fear and trembling.
In closing, the words of Jesus then become quite important:
“Here are my mother and my brothers! Whoever does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother”’ Mark 3:33.
– Stephen Hanson
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Stephen Hanson of In His Truth Ministries came to the Lord is a special way in 1975 and has been prophesying regularly since. In these end-time birthing pangs we are to be reminded that judgment must first begin with the household of God. Will we be prepared and ready?