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Daily Reading: 13th July 2016

Matthew 4.13 -15 cont.

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.

Most people are proud of the place from which they come, some more so than others, and they are keen to let everybody else know this.

Matthew records that Jesus went to Capernaum which was in the district of Zebulon and Naphtali. They were the sons of Jacob: Zebulon was born to him by Leah, and Naphtali was born to him by Rachel’s servant Bilhal.

Both Zebulon and Naphtali were part of the twelve sons of Jacob that formed the twelve tribes of Israel. In the division of the Promised Land Zebulon and Naphtali were given the area in Northern Galilee in which to settle.

It was into this area that Jesus moved. Zebulon means; a habitation. Jesus had His habitation there; His calling was to go and live there, although He travelled around. This is the area where He was to be seen as the ‘Emmanuel’, God being with us.

This is His promise to us, as prophesied by Isaiah, and repeated by Matthew:

The Lord Himself will choose the sign. Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a Son and will call Him Immanuel—‘God is with us’ – Isaiah 7.14 & Matthew 1.23 (NLT).

The promise of Jesus is that He will inhabit everyone who receives Him as their Lord and Saviour:

Look, I knock as I stand (have stood) at the door. I will come in to eat with whoever hears My voice and opens the door to Me, and he will eat with Me – Revelation 3.20.

Jesus also told His disciples:

“If anyone should love Me, he will keep My word, and My Father will love him, and We will come and make Our home with him” – John 14.23.

Jesus, the Messiah, went to Capernaum in Zebulon, and by so doing was beginning to work out the prophetic word of God dwelling with His people.

The assurance for every born again believer is that Jesus has made us His habitation through the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit. Therefore, we are never alone, and we never walk alone.

 

 

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