Where does he get this wisdom and the power to do miracles? (Matthew 13:54)


Just before the people of Jesus’ hometown were deeply offended and scoffed, he had amazed them with his teaching. When they remembered the Jesus they had known as a boy, the Jesus they had seen grow up with his brothers and sisters, they couldn’t imagine how he could possibly have learned the things he was teaching, they couldn’t see where he could have gained this powerful wisdom. Because they thought they knew who Jesus was, they also thought they knew who Jesus wasn’t! And so, despite the amazing truths they had all heard him teaching, they actively refused to believe. Jesus was too wonderful, too powerful, too amazing. He was too far from the ordinary carpenter’s son they had known. It’s not difficult to see why they rejected him.


Matthew 13:53-58 NLT

When Jesus had finished telling these stories and illustrations, he left that part of the country. He returned to Nazareth, his hometown. When he taught there in the synagogue, everyone was amazed and said, “Where does he get this wisdom and the power to do miracles?” Then they scoffed, “He’s just the carpenter’s son, and we know Mary, his mother, and his brothers—James, Joseph, Simon, and Judas. All his sisters live right here among us. Where did he learn all these things?” And they were deeply offended and refused to believe in him. Then Jesus told them, “A prophet is honoured everywhere except in his own hometown and among his own family.” And so he did only a few miracles there because of their unbelief.

Proverbs 4:7-10 NLT

Getting wisdom is the wisest thing you can do! And whatever else you do, develop good judgment. If you prize wisdom, she will make you great. Embrace her, and she will honour you. She will place a lovely wreath on your head; she will present you with a beautiful crown.” My child, listen to me and do as I say, and you will have a long, good life.


As the passage from proverbs points out, gaining wisdom is the wisest thing you can do. To answer the question above, read and digest scripture and then put it into practice in your life, as Jesus did. Then you will find wisdom and the power to do miracles.

Today’s Readings

Genesis 42:18-43:34, Matthew 13:48-14:12, Psalms 18:16-36, Proverbs 4:7-10


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