Your Christian tour to Israel with professional guide will include a visit to the site of the Rejection of Jesus described in Luke: 4:29-30 to Mount Precipice, also known as Mount of Precipitation, and Mount of Leap– His own people of Nazareth, not accepting Jesus as the Messiah “mobbed him and forced him to the edge of the hill,” “they intended to push him over the cliff,” but "he passed through the midst of them and went away."
According to the Gospels
, Matthew 13:54-58
, Luke 4:16-30
), Jesus is rejected by his own people in Nazareth
after he returns to his home town. This occurs after his first set of teachings and before John the Baptist
is executed. It’s on a Sabbath, Jesus is described as entering the synagogue and teaching, reading of scriptures, and claiming he was the son of God fulfilling the prophecy of Isaiah 61:1-2
. Reading this well known passage of Isaiah
, many common people during Jesus life time were tired of poverty and the brutal Roman empire
ruling Israel, they looked for the day God would make things good for the Israelites, rewarding the good and punishing the wicked. This is what the Nazarenes hoped of the Messiah. But the passage of Isaiah asks people to think in grand terms. Jesus reading stops and says the promise of the prophet is being fulfilled before their eyes. What disappointment to the people, thinking this son of Joseph, a simple carpenter will save us they must have asked. Thinking of great apocalyptic wars, instead a ordinary man as described in Matthew
, the crowd is also described as referring to Jesus as being the brother of James
, Joseph, and Judas
(in Mark they also write of, but do not name, Jesus's sisters) in a way suggesting that the crowd sees them as just ordinary common people.
The mount has been a holy land tour
pilgrimage to thousands of Christians including Pope Benedictus XVI, which in 2009 gave a mass on the mountain, during his visit to Israel
. More then 40,000 believers participated in the Catholic mass. On your tour to Israel
, request for special time with your group to take time for prayer and readings from the bible.