Matthew 2:23 NASB
and came and lived in a city called Nazareth.
This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophets:
“He shall be called a Nazarene.”
Three dreams in ten verses.
- First to go to Egypt.
- Then to return to Israel.
- And finally to dwell in Galilee.
Joseph and Mary had formerly lived there, but now the King (I mean Jesus, not Herod) was the center of attention.
Wouldn’t He come on the throne of David?
Then Jerusalem seems to be the appropriate city.
No Joseph, you must go to Galilee. For there is still danger in Judea.
God can and will protect His Son, but the village setting of Nazareth is better suited to grow up.
Then there is also the somewhat vague pun with being a Nazarene.
In Numbers 6 we can read how a Nazirite promises to isolate himself – often for a certain period of time – before the Lord.
That too is fulfilled by Jesus Christ.
What failed with Samson in Judges 16:17, the true Judge of His people will fulfill. Thus He is prepared for the complete devotion, for the work of atonement.
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