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Daily Reading: 27th May 2016

Matthew 2.23

23   And they went and lived in a city called Nazareth; so that what was said through the prophets should be fulfilled: “He shall be called a Nazarene”.

Nazareth = the guarded one

Nazarite =  separated one.

It seems apt that the meaning of the name ‘Nazareth’ should be: ‘guarded one’. For most of the life of Jesus it was to be His home. It was the place where He would be protected, not only by Joseph and Mary, but also by His Heavenly Father. It was the place where the Father would prepare Him for His public ministry and the most sacrificial act the world has ever or will ever see.

We have a Heavenly Father who protects us, shielding us from the enemy. This does not mean that we do not come under attack; but it does mean that in whatever circumstances, God is for us. We must remember that His everlasting arms are always underneath us; we must remember the words of the Psalmist:

Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty – Psalm 91.1 (NLT)..

Nazareth was thought of as being a lowly and despised place, even Nathaniel declares:

“Is it possible for anything good to come from Nazareth?” – John 1.46.

Yet it was in this despised town that God chose a home for His One and Only beloved Son. Paul reminds us in 1 Corinthians 1.27:

[27] God deliberately chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose those who are powerless to shame those who are powerful.

[28] God chose things despised by the world, things counted as nothing at all, and used them to bring to nothing what the world considers important,

[29] so that no one can ever boast in the presence of God – (NLT).

Nazareth came into the category of the despised. Yet, it was from this place that the branch of the line of David would come:

Tell him that the LORD Almighty says: Here is the man called the Branch. He will branch out where he is and build the Temple of the LORD – Zechariah. 6:12.

Our Father calls each one of us so that we might enjoy fellowship with Him, that we might know the joy of worshipping and serving Him throughout all eternity. Insignificant and despised we might be in the eyes of the world, but to our Lord Jesus we are separated to be with Him and guarded by Him.



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