What was the source and significance of this well known proverb Jesus used to start his remarks in Luke 4:23-30?
“How did Jesus expect His disciples to react under persecution? (Matt 5.12) He said "Rejoice and be glad!" We are not to retaliate like an unbeliever, nor sulk like a child, nor lick our wound in self-pity like a dog, nor just grin a bear it like a Stoic, still less pretend we enjoy it like a masochist. What then? We are to rejoice as a Christian should and even "leap for joy" (Luke. 6.23). (The Message of the Sermon on the Mount, IVP, 1978, p. 52.)”
— John Stott
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