So yesterday we were talking about how Mary and Joseph fled to Egypt to get away from Herod. Matthew continues in verses 19 – 23 in stating that after Herod died an angel appeared to Joseph and said to return but when Joseph heard that Herod’s son was now in power he was still afraid. He had a dream from God warning him to avoid that region and head to Galilee. So he went and settled in Nazareth, fulfilling the prophecy that he would be known as “the Branch.”
So the Passion Bible has a great explanation of all of this that I want to share with you. Check this out:
The Hebrew Scriptures give us a wonderful truth about the Brance (Sprout) of the Lord that would come and establish righteousness. The word for “branch” is netzer, the root word for Nazareth and Nazarene. The teaching of the Branch of the Lord is a concept taught throughout the Bible, from the Tree of Life, to the seven branches of the lamp stand, to Jesus the vine calling us His branches. Jesus is a Scion, a Branch that can be transplanted and grafted into a human life.
Another variant form of this amazing word netzer can be translated “keeper, watchman, one who keeps secrets, guardian, one who keeps watch.” All of these words are true of Jesus, the branch who was raised in the Village of the Branch (Nazareth). Additionally the Aramaic word for Nazareth means “heir of a powerful family” or “victorious one.” So it is entirely possible to translate this “he will be called the Victorious Branch (of Nazareth).
Wow. Kind of incredible when you dig a little deeper into all of this.
Jesus, the keeper, watchman, one who keeps secrets, the guardian, the one who keeps watch.” He is victorious and continues to be victorious each and every day in our lives.