This short summary makes two simple points. First, Jesus is still led by the Spirit (Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit). Second, he is drawing attention to himself through his teaching, as he taught in their synagogues, and everyone praised him.
Galilee, lying in the northern region of Israel, served as the major ministry center for Jesus. The headquarters of this ministry was Capernaum, the city mentioned in Luke 4:31. It was because of Jesus' teaching that his fame began spreading throughout the region (so also 4:31; 5:3, 17; 6:6; 11:1; 13:10, 22, 26; 19:47; 20:1, 21; 21:37; 23:5). This is the first of several reports about the popular interest, curiosity and excitement being generated by Jesus (4:22, 28, 32, 36-37; 5:15; 7:17). What message could possibly generate so much interest? The next passage reveals the nature of Jesus' claims and provides initial answers to this question.
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