Folks like to use Luke 9:51-58 to justify the premise that Jesus was a homeless vagabond preacher during his earthly ministry. These same scriptures are abused to suggest that wealth and sin are, somehow, synonymous. The fact of the matter is Jesus had nowhere to lay His head…in Samaria!
Let’s take a walk through Luke 9:51-58:
51 And it came to pass, when the time was come that he should be received up, he stedfastly set his face to go to Jerusalem, 52 And sent messengers before his face: and they went, and entered into a village of the Samaritans, to make ready for him. 53 And they did not receive him, because his face was as though he would go to Jerusalem.
Do you see this, here? The Samaritan village DID NOT RECEIVE HIM!
54And when his disciples James and John saw this, they said, Lord, wilt thou that we command fire to come down from heaven, and consume them, even as Elias did?
Here, James and John embraced a vengeful, terrorist mindset against the Samaritans that did not receive Jesus. This is commonly referred to as “the religious spirit.” This spirit is filled with criticism and condemnation and it is able to overtake even a saint of God when he or she reaches the conclusion they are right – and everyone else is wrong – concerning the things of God.
55 But he turned, and rebuked them, and said, Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of.
Jesus rebuked the terrorist, religious spirit!
56 For the Son of man is not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them. And they went to another village.
Jesus is come to do the work of the Father, which is to save and restore His Kingdom and His Kids! Jesus DID NOT come to establish another religion
57 And it came to pass, that, as they went in the way, a certain man said unto him, Lord, I will follow thee whithersoever thou goest. 58 And Jesus said unto him, Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head.
Jesus lacked a place to lay his head ONLY in Samaria!
Now, I submit to you, Jesus had a home of his own:
35 Again the next day after John stood, and two of his disciples; 36 And looking upon Jesus as he walked, he saith, Behold the Lamb of God! 37 And the two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus. 38 Then Jesus turned, and saw them following, and saith unto them, What seek ye? They said unto him, Rabbi, (which is to say, being interpreted, Master,) where dwellest thou?
They were asking Him WHERE DO YOU LIVE!
39He saith unto them, Come and see. They came and saw where he dwelt, and abode with him that day: for it was about the tenth hour.
(NOTE: Jesus said, COME AND SEE. He didn’t say at this or that person’s house, He said it as if it is His home and He was pleased with it)
Context is everything…
© 2012 – Derrick Day (www.derrickday.com)