Eric, as always great commentary--I love the lexical notes.
RE: verse 5. I have always assumed (and I still think it is probably true) that the reason that Jesus could not do might works here is that the people did not believe him. The fact that verse 5 is immediately followed by the statement in verse 6 that says Jesus marveled at their unbelief supports this view. But I think it is curios that the text doesn't explicitly make the connection. (Reading just 4 & 5, we might just as easily assume that the reason Jesus could do no might works is that he was not honored.)
Verse 5 is interesting. I can't think of other times when the scriptures tell us that Jesus could not do might works. It reminds me a bit of where Alma (or was it Amulek?) tells the people that Jesus cannot save people in their sins.
--Matthew Faulconer 07:41, 14 Aug 2005 (CEST)
- Thanks for the comments. I can't think of any other time like that either. It's interesting that Jesus did perform a few miracles in verse 5. I would assume, then, that there were a few people who believed, but the text doesn't explicitly say that. Eric 08:17, 14 Aug 2005 (CEST)