There are two important issues in this text: First, there is the issue of Jesus’ rejection. Our text suggests that he was rejected because of what is usually called “nationalism.” Not only did he accept Jews who threatened national solidarity because of their non-observance of the law (the poor), but he also did not proclaim vengeance against the Gentiles. Second, there is the issue of Jesus’ announcement of the new age—first of all to the people of God (the sermon is given in a synagogue at Nazareth); but it also means good news to the poor, the outcasts. If the people of God reject the message, it will go to the Gentiles (of whom the widow of Zarephath and Naaman the leper are types). Those originally “called” reject the Gospel not because they were wicked or hard-hearted. Rather, the message is a warning relevant to the people of God in every century, including the church today.