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Daily Reading: 12th July 2016

Matthew 4.13 – 15

13 And leaving Nazareth He went and lived in Capernaum by the sea, in the district of Zebulon and Naphtali.

14 So that what was spoken about through Isaiah the prophet might be fulfilled, saying:

15 Land of Zebulon and land of Naphtali, the way of the sea, Galilee of the nations, beyond the Jordan.

Nazareth = the guarded one

Capernaum = village of comfort

Zebulon = a habitation

Napthtali = wrestling.

Jordan = the decender.

As we have seen Jesus left Nazareth after living there for most of His life. Nazareth means the guarded one. Whilst Jesus lived there He lived guarded by His parents, and family. He lived within the security of His family.

As we are growing up it is natural that our parents look after us and guard us, providing security for us.

The life of all those who receive Jesus as the Lord of their life are grafted into the family of God. This in part involves being a part of the Body of Jesus, the church.

Within the Church we find a place where we can be guarded by our fellow believers in Jesus. This is a good reason why we should follow the words found in Hebrews 10.25:

And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage and warn each other, especially now that the day of His coming back again is drawing near – (NLT).

Matthew tells us that Jesus moved to live in Capernaum, which was on the north western shores of the Sea of Galilee.

As we see from above that Capernaum means : village of comfort.

During His ministry Jesus was to bring a great deal of comfort to many of the citizens of Capernaum. He did this through healing many, and casting out demons from the demon possessed.

Part of the message that we have to proclaim is one of comfort, echoing the words of Isaiah:

[1] “Comfort, comfort My people,” says your God.

[2] “Speak tenderly to Jerusalem. Tell her that her sad days are gone and that her sins are pardoned. Yes, the LORD has punished her in full for all her sins” – 40.1-2 (NLT).

We can be eternally thankful that God, in Jesus, has spoken to us tenderly with words of comfort; words assuring us of our forgiveness; words speaking to us the words of eternal life.


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