What did Actually happen at Mount Precipice?

SONY DSCThe account of the attempt to push Jesus off a cliff near his home town of Nazareth is recorded in Luke Chapter 4 verses 28-30, following on from His reading of Isaiah 61 in the synagogue there. “All the people in the synagogue were furious when they heard this. They got up and drove Him out of the town, and took Him to the brow of the hill on which the town was built , in order to throw Him down the cliff. But He walked right through the crowd and went on His way.” There have been many suggestions over the years as to what actually happened. One explanation that I have heard of in recent years is that of an “event horizon,” whereby spiritual forces somehow intervene in the physical and temporal universe. Though I find this as an admission that there is no natural explanation without actually saying how the heavenly realm actually intervened. A few weeks ago I heard Terry Crist of Hillsong Church Phoenix (on the Hillsong Channel) state his opinion that he thought that Jesus became invisible so He could just disappear through the crowd. Personally, I don’t buy it, no disrespect to him but I think there is another possible clue as to how it occurred earlier in the same chapter. While Jesus is being tempted by Satan, the Devil quotes part of Psalm 91. “He will command his angels concerning you to guard you carefully; they will lift you up in their hands so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.” Of course, we are all aware of how the Devil used, or rather misused, this quote but surely it refers to an instance where angels would intervene to prevent harm happening to the Messiah rather than voluntarily jumping off a high building. So maybe it was an invisible force of angels that blocked the way to the cliff-edge, forcing those man-handling Jesus to let go, and then make a path through the crowd for Jesus to escape. If you have a better explanation I would to hear it.

However, there are some Christians out there who seem to treat the promises of God in such a way that they can do the spiritual equivalent of jumping off high buildings and are surprised when they do not get a soft landing. The promises of God are not excuses for lazy spiritual practices, such as, lack of Bible reading, lack of prayer and meditation on Christian things, etc.

David Rose, 2017.

About davidgrose

I am a Bible believing Christian, brought up in the Brethren Movement, and now find myself associating with charismatics even though I do not always agree with them. I am in full-time employment. I have interests in history and photography amongst others.
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