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Sermon on Luke 4:14-30 - The Startling Preaching of Jesus in Nazareth, Part 4

The general public enjoyed Jesus' preaching, because it was lively, authoritative, well-organized, practical, interesting, bold and true in contrast with "the lifeless repetitions and senseless trivialities" of the ordinary rabbis and other teachers. - Plummer (Luke 4:20) "...and the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed upon Him."

This vivid description of Jesus' preaching is obviously that of an eye-witness from whom Luke obtained this information. The intense interest of His hearers was "fixed" on Jesus as He spoke because of His fame as a powerful teacher and miracle-worker, because he was brought up among them, and because of His countenance and manner of reading the Scripture.