Jesus’ Words – Luke 4:14-22

Luke 4:

     Fresh off baptism and temptation….

         Read vs13

Luke 4:

The Spirit of the Lord is on me,

because he has anointed me

to proclaim good news to the poor.

He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners

and recovery of sight for the blind,

to set the oppressed free,


to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”[f]

20 Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him. 21 He began by saying to them, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”

Jesus words 3 – 

Vs 17 – Luke 4:17. Ἡσαίου: the second lesson, Haphtarah, was from the prophets; the first, Parashah,


possible ‘accidental,’ or prescribes 2nd lesson :

It is now the Second Lesson for the great day of Atonement; 

Vs 18 – The Spirit of the Lord is upon me…..of Isaiah 61:1-2. 

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me – Or, I speak by divine appointment. I am divinely inspired to speak. There can be no doubt that the passage in Isaiah had a principal reference to the Messiah. 

To the gospel to the poor —

To preach good tidings to the meek — it offers the pardon of sin, and salvation, to all on the same terms. 

The rich have no pre- eminence over the poor; as they seem to have had under the law, which prescribed such costly sacrifices for the atonement of sin as were very burdensome to the poor. 

The Prophet Isaiah, therefore, in describing the happiness of gospel times,

To set at liberty them that are bruised: 

these words are not in Isaiah 61:1 but in the Septuagint version of Isaiah 58:6 from whence they seem to be taken, or else from Isaiah 42:7

recovering of sight to the blind: Here the LXX. differs from the Hebrew, which has “opening of prison to the bound.” Perhaps this is a reminiscence of Isaiah 42:7.

to set at liberty them that are bruised] This also is not in Isaiah 61:1, but is a free reminiscence of the LXX. in Isaiah 58:6. 

To the captives – a spear-point, and ἁλίσκομαι, to be taken or conquered. Hence, properly, of prisoners of war. 

Compare Isaiah 42:7 : “To bring out captives from the prison, and those who sit in darkness from the house of restraint.” The allusion is to Israel, both as captive exiles and as prisoners of Satan in spiritual bondage.

Vs 20 were fastened 

– denoting continuous, steadfast attention, fixed attention.

( favorite word LUKE. used 11x, used only in two other non-Luke verses) 

…..were very attentive to what he should say, ……

upon such a passage of Scripture, which they knew referred to the Messiah;

he closed the book] Rather, rolling up. Generally the Haphtarah consists of twenty-one verses, and is never less than three; but our Lord stopped short in the second verse, 

Check out Isaiah 61:1-2 

after it had been folded up by rolling … in order now to teach upon the passage which had been read,—this was done sitting

Verse 22. – 

And they said, Is not this Joseph’s Son? 

Quickly the preacher caught the mind and feeling of his audience. 

Surprise and admiration soon gave place to a spirit of __________!!!!!

Is not this who speaks to us such words, bright and eloquent with hope, often with a ring of sure triumph and certain victory in them – is it not the young Carpenter we have known so long in our village?