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Jesus Returns to Nazareth
Bible Passage Matthew 2:19-23
This content is part of a series Bright Morning Reflections, in topic 2022 & book Matthew.

Jesus Returns to Nazareth

  • Rev. Bright Mawuena Nfodzo
Date preached December 30, 2022

SCRIPTURE 📖
19 Now when Herod had died, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in Egypt in a dream,

20 Saying, “Arise and take the little Child and His mother, and go into the land of Israel; for those who were seeking the life of the little Child have died.”

21 And he arose and took the little Child and His mother, and came into the land of Israel.

22 But when he heard that Archelaus was reigning over Judea instead of Herod his father, he was afraid to go there; and after being divinely instructed in a dream, he went into the parts of Galilee.

23 And after arriving, he dwelt in a city called Nazareth; that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, “He shall be called a Nazarean.”

BACKGROUND
After Herod died, the Romans divided his land among three of his sons. To Archelaus was given Judea, Idumea, and Samaria; to Philip, Batanea, and Trachonitis; to Antipas, Galilee and Perea.

Archelaus who became Judea’s ruler was like his father. He was a very cruel man. But God warned Joseph in a dream so that he did not go back to Judea.

Upon hearing of Herod’s death, Joseph and Mary returned with the infant Jesus to Palestine (Matt 2:19-21).

Since the new king, Archelaus was as unjust and cruel as his father Herod, they considered it unsafe to stay in Judea, so went north to their hometown of Nazareth.

At one of the Passovers Archelaus caused 3,000 of the people to be put to death in the temple and city. For his crimes, after he had reigned 9 years, he was banished by Augustus, the Roman emperor, to Gaul, where he died. Knowing his character, and fearing that he would not be safe, Joseph hesitated about going there and was directed by God to go to Galilee, a place of safety.

Herod Antipas was Galilee’s ruler. He was a better ruler than his brother Archelaus. So Joseph returned to Nazareth, where he and Mary had come from first. The word ‘Nazarene’ means ‘someone who comes from Nazareth’.

The Lord Jesus, in fact, resided in Nazareth until He began His ministry at about 30 years of age.

 

LESSONS✍🏽
🔷 The tyrannical dispositions of the wicked will end; they will die and appear to be judged by Christ our Saviour

🔷 God will guide and direct the life of every person who trusts in Him

🔷 Parents must assume full responsibility for the children and family members and seek their welfare and security

PRAYER POINTS🙏🏽
💥 Ask God to protect your children and your family
💥 Ask God to direct your path and ways

CONCLUSION📙
God, Himself is in charge of everything and every situation of your life. We must rather ask Him every day what to do and He will keep us safe and secure always.

AMEN

In series Bright Morning Reflections