Matthew Lesson 2 Day 5

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Matthew Lesson 2 Day 5

Matthew 2:19-23

Joseph and family return to Israel.

Sometimes the Lord sends us to Egypt. I’m still meditating on Joseph’s last dream, prompt obedience, and how the family got up in the dark and left for the 225 mile trip to Egypt. No battery powered flashlight, no GPS, no disposable diapers, no bottled water, no air conditioned SUV. . . Joseph was an amazing young man. I hope to meet him one day.

13) Joseph was afraid of Herod’s son.

When Joseph heard that Archelaus became king after his father, Herod, died, he was afraid to go there.

But Joseph didn’t make up his own mind about where to go. He received warning instructions in a dream, so they settled in the district of Galilee—a city called Nazareth.

14a) Nazareth

  • Nazareth is first mentioned in Luke. Surprisingly, it’s never mentioned in the Old Testament, in the Apocrypha books, or in the writings of the historian, Josephus.
  • This was Mary and Joseph’s hometown. People there knew about the strange circumstances surrounding the birth of their son.1 (Luke 1:26-27)
  • “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” . . . “Come and see.” “(John 1:46)
    The “region of Galilee had a much more significant Gentile population than Judea or Jerusalem.”1

Nazareth was an unwalled, unprotected town with a somewhat bad reputation; Nathaniel wondered if anything good could come from Nazareth (John 1:46). In God’s plan, Jesus came from a small, insignificant place that, if it had any reputation, it was a bad one. This is where Jesus grew up and matured into adulthood.1
There is always some city or village or another whose inhabitants seem to be the butt of every joke and the object of scorn. The people of such places are thought to be low, uncultured, not-very-smart. That is the kind of place Nazareth was. (Spurgeon)

  • Matthew wrote, “so that what was spoken by the prophets might be fulfilled, that he would be called a Nazarene.

    This specific quote does not appear in the Old Testament.
    Scholars suggest several possible explanations.

If there was any specific passage in Matthew’s mind, it was likely Isaiah 11:1: There shall come forth a Rod from the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots. The Hebrew word translated Branch sounds like “Nazir” (neser). “Jerome, following the Jewish scholars of his time, believed the reference to be mainly to Isaiah 11, where mention is made of a branch that shall spring out of Jesse’s root…The epithet Nazarene will thus mean: ‘the man of Nazareth, the town of the little shoot’.” (Bruce)

“God by his singular providence so ordered it, that he who was the anti-type to all the Nazirites, and the true Nazir, or person separated, should be educated at Nazareth, a poor contemptible town.” (Poole)

b) He was despised and rejected by men

He was despised and rejected by men,
a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief;
and as one from whom men hide their faces
he was despised, and we esteemed him not. (Isaiah 53:3)

Jesus of Nazareth, as he later introduced himself to Saul/Paul on the road to Damascus, is the Son of God, the Messiah, Savior.


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