Luke 4, the Temptation of Jesus, Jesus rejected, Isaiah 61 prophecy fulfilled, Jesus casts out an Unclean Spirit and heals many.
The devil is good at using scripture to tempt the believer!
The Dead Sea Scroll of Isaiah is 54 segments long. Jesus had to scroll down for quite some time before he found the passage, even though he knew where it was!
Notice, Jesus ended the reading of Scripture in the middle of the sentence. We now still live in the time between “the acceptable year of the LORD and the day of vengeance of our God”!
Naaman was a Syrian, and there was no love lost between the Syrians and the Israelis.
At this time, the Syro-Phonecians were the merchants of the Mediterranean Sea.
Sidon is now the third largest city in Lebanon, Tyre is the fourth largest.
This merchant fleet was still dominant, even in Roman times,
The people of Sidon and Tyre were called Caananites, and the Jews considered them inferior. Yet Jesus found great faith and healed the Caananite woman’s daughter.
It was a Syro-Phonecian widow that sustained Elijah during the three and a half year drought.
But the people of Tyre and Sidon worshipped Baal, and the woman Jezebel stemmed from Sidon.