Summary: There is a little or a lot of prejudice in all of us. It is so hard to admit, and it is so hard on us. It makes us blind to things that sometimes can help us.
Yes, I am PREJUDICED
46 And Nathanael said unto him, Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth? Philip saith unto him, Come and see. (KJV)
46 Y Natanael le dijo: ¿De Nazaret puede salir algo bueno? Felipe le dijo: Ven y ve. (RVG04)
Here we have a young man named Natanael. He was from Cana of Galilee. This is an account of his first encounter with Jesus Christ.
We know only a few things about him.
1. He was genuinely honest.
That is a rare quality. So many try to be something that they are not.
Jesus recognized this quality in Natanael.
47 Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him, and saith of him, Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile! (KJV)
47 Jesús viendo que Natanael venía hacia Él, dijo de él: He aquí un verdadero israelita en el cual no hay engaño. (RVG04)
Jesus is making a statement about Natanael being a person with nothing to hide; no deceit.
He is the exact opposite of what Jacob was before the Peniel experience.
Without a doubt, Christ has a great appreciation for this man. One thing that is very clear throughout the gospels is that Jesus had a great distaste for hypocrisy.
A hypocrite not only hurts himself, but does great harm to others as well.
With the same intensity that Christ hates hypocrisy, he loves sincerity to that same degree. It is out of sincerity that is produced frankness, simplicity, and honesty.
So it is that Jesus welcomes Natanael with this enthusiasm.
2. Evidently, Natanael was a devoutly religous man; a man of prayer. He had been studying and meditating on the Messiah who was to come. It was what he lived for.
Like others of that time period who anxiously anticipated the coming of the Lord. The watchword was Maranatha. In a general sense, it means "the Lord cometh", but it was used as a cheer, as a word of encouragement, as a password, and much more. Its use shows us the great enthusiasm that the early church had at the mere hint that the presence of Christ may be forthcoming; literally or spiritually.
3. A Defect of Sorts
When Philip told him about having found the Messiah, Natanael was overjoyed. This is what he had spent years awaiting. His emotions had to have been at an all time high. But one little word in the message from Philip almost ruined it all. When he heard the word Nazareth, his hairs almost stood on end. Why was this? The best we can figure out is that Natanael had know individuals from Nazareth who were of a questionable character. Maybe he had been wronged by a Nazarene.
Whatever it was, it was easy to perceive that Natanael had a prejudice against Nazarenes.
Definition of prejudice-----any preconceived feeling or opinion, either favorable or unfavorable.
Synonyms---predisposed, preconception, partiality, (predestinate).
We all have them.
Of course mine are not as bad as yours, simply because they are mine, and I can justify them.
Jesus had prejudices. Time and again, He had choice words and warnings towards the scribes, pharisees, and hypocrites.
God purposefully chose the Jews (Israel) to be his chosen people.