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Jesus's ability to perform miracles amid unbelief

I’m interested in reasons for Jesus’s constrained ability to perform miracles in his hometown but not surrounded by hostile people in the synagogue which I describe here:

If God was healing on an individual basis, then perhaps in the case of folks in his hometown, there were simply no hungry, humble hearts there:

Mt. 13:54, 57, 58
Coming to his hometown…they took offense at him….And he did not do many miracles there because of their lack of faith.

Whereas, even among hostile people, he was still reaching out to those individuals among them who recognized their need for God:

Mk. 3:5-6
He looked around at them in anger and, deeply distressed at their stubborn hearts, said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out, and his hand was completely restored. Then the Pharisees went out and began to plot with the Herodians how they might kill Jesus.

God was even seeking out those who were in need of healing (or whose children needed healing), who cried out to Him without words, from their hearts:

Mk. 5:5 -6
5 And always, night and day, he [the demoniac] was in the mountains and in the tombs, crying out and cutting himself with stones.
6 When he saw Jesus from afar, he ran and worshiped Him.
7 And he cried out with a loud voice and said, “What have I to do with You, Jesus, Son of the Most High God?….

Luke 7:12, 13, 15
12 Now when he drew near to the gate of the city, behold, one who was dead was carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow. Many people of the city were with her.
13 When the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her, and said to her, "Don’t cry."
15 He who was dead sat up, and began to speak. And he gave him to his mother.

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Perhaps because the divine LOGOS was unwilling to demonstrate his power to those whose hearts were unwilling to heed the message his miracles provided. The LOGOS has no limitations, so the real question is why was he unwilling to grant miracles in the midst of the cynical and hard hearted.

However He did grant a miracle to the man with the withered hand in the midst of the hard hearted who wanted to accuse Him of doing so on the Sabbath.

So God performs miracle when he wants to. The laws of nature are his to rule and overrule as he pleases. He knows his audience and decides whether to show them his power or forbear.