On the passage from, "Doubtless you will quote me this saying," and so on, up to the point where it says, "But none of them was cleansed except Naaman the Syrian."
INSOFAR AS LUKE' S narrative is concerned, Jesus has not yet stayed in Capernaum. Nor is he said to have performed any sign in that place, because he had not been there. Before he comes to Capernaum, it is recorded that he was in his native territory, that is, in Nazareth. He says to his fellow-citizens, "Doubtless you will quote me this saying: 'Physician, cure yourself. Do here, too, in your native territory, whatever we heard was done in Capernaum.'"1. For this reason, I think that some mystery is hidden in this passage before us. Capernaum, a type of the Gentiles, takes precedence over Nazareth, a type of the Jews. Jesus knew that he had no honor in his own native territory--neither he, nor the prophets, nor the apostles. So he was unwilling to preach there. Instead, he preached among the Gentiles, so that the people of his native territory would not say to him, "Doubtless you will quote me this saying: 'Physician, cure yourself.'"
2. There will be a time when the people of the Jews will say, "'Whatever we have heard was done in Capernaum'"--that is, signs and wonders among the Gentiles--"'do among us, too, in your native territory.'2. What you have shown to the whole world, show to us as well. Preach your word to the people of Israel, so that at least 'when the full number of the Gentiles has entered in, then all of Israel will be saved.'"3. For this reason, it____________________