Bible Study: That He Will Be Called A Nazarene


Matthew 2:19-23

*Interesting note* This Herod is Archelaus, another cruel member of the Herod family whom Joseph did not trust. He ruled the southern part of Herod the Great’s territories (Judah, Samaria, and Idumea) from 4 b.c. – 6 a.d. when the Romans banished him to Gaul because of his cruelty.

This is the third appearance of an angel in Joseph’s dreams. When were the other two? Matthew 1:20, 2:12

Verse 20 says, “those” who sought the child’s life are dead. Other than Herod, who might have wanted Jesus dead? Matthew 2:3-4

How does verse 20 relate to the call to Moses in Exodus 4:19?

Joseph has gone through a lot. What qualities made him a good choice to be the step-father of Jesus?

How do you think Joseph could have heard about Archelaus?

There is no text in the Old Testament that talks of Nazareth, let alone as the place where the Messiah would live. Yet it says it was fulfilled prophecy that He be called a Nazarene. Why might this be?

There is, however, the term Nazarite in the OT which means, a person set apart as holy.” Where do we see this? Judges 13:3-7

Why didn’t Jesus fit the description of a Nazarite? Matthew 9:18-25, 26:26-29; Luke 7:34

Some scholars have made the connection between the names Nazareth and the Messianic title “Branch,” which is netzer in Hebrew. Where do we find evidence of this title? Isaiah 11:1; Jeremiah 23:5, 33:15; Zechariah 3:8, 6:12; Revelation 5:5, 22:16

*Interesting note* The name Nazareth could also be related to the word nāzir (one consecrated by means of a vow)

Nazareth was not seen by Jews in positive terms (John 1:46). If so, why would God choose to make His Son a resident?

It is the Great God’s way to work exactly with nobodies in order, in Paul’s words, ‘to bring to naught the somebodies’ (Bruner). Why was bringing Christ to earth in the most humbling of situations advantageous over bringing in someone like a great war hero born to wealth and fame?

Why do Christians in some part of the world proudly wear title Nazarene today? Acts 24:5

How can we take advantage of humility to change the world for Christ?

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