2.7.21 – Daily Dose of Worship. A study on Matthew. Part 12. Branch.

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.

6 Comments

  1. Sherri H on February 7, 2021 at 9:13 am

    Amen and thank you Jesus!

  2. Jonathan B on February 7, 2021 at 11:08 am

    He is the light keeper of our hearts. He keeps the light shining into our hearts. Be the keeper of his light and share it with others. Amen.

  3. Margaret K on February 7, 2021 at 1:11 pm

    Jesus is our everything! Anything and everything we could or would ever need, God knew in advance and supplied it in Jesus.
    Whatever you need today; Jesus is the answer.
    Look to Him and find your protection, peace, healing, comfort, provision, defense, joy, love – He is truly our All in All.

    • Dave Pettigrew on February 7, 2021 at 5:44 pm

      So true! Amen. He is indeed our everything, everywhere, everytime!

  4. Suzanne on February 7, 2021 at 4:19 pm

    I dug! And again I LOVE how ordered and consistent the Bible is.

    Day 41 in The Book of Mysteries by Jonathan Cahn is titled the Nazarene Mystery. The collective voice of the prophets speak of the Messiah as the branch, appearing on earth in littleness, growing up as a shoot, growing greater and greater, bearing fruit. In Isaiah the prophecy says the Messiah would come from the branch coming from the line of David. Netzer becomes Netzeret…Nazareth, the place of branching forth. The teacher explains further that this was an obscure and unlikely place yet God chose it because it is about what comes through Nazareth. Just as it is not about who we are but only that we receive Him. We are called to be His Nazareth, through us in him, Jesus will branch out.
    Cahn ends with letting the Messiah’s life comes through our life, let his love comes through our love, let our life be his branching.
    Similar message to Dave’s. Jesus…always Jesus!

    Zechariah 3: 8 Hear now, O Joshua the high priest, you and your friends who sit before you, for they are men who are a sign: behold, I will bring my servant the Branch.
    Isaiah 11:1-2
    11 The cut-off stump of Jesse[a] will sprout,[b]
    and a fruitful Branch will grow from his roots tpt

    Matthew 2:23 23 So he settled his family in the village of Nazareth, fulfilling the prophecy that he would be known as the “Branch.” Tpt

    John 15:1-5
    15 “I am a true sprouting vine, and the farmer who tends the vine is my Father. 2 He cares for the branches connected to me by lifting and propping up the fruitless branches[a] and pruning[b] every fruitful branch to yield a greater harvest. 3 The words I have spoken over you have already cleansed[c] you. 4 So you must remain in life-union with me,[d] for I remain in life-union with you. For as a branch severed from the vine will not bear fruit, so your life will be fruitless unless you live your life intimately joined to mine.
    5 “I am the sprouting vine and you’re my branches.[e] As you live in union with me as your source, fruitfulness will stream from within you—but when you live separated from me you are powerless. tpt

    • Dave Pettigrew on February 7, 2021 at 5:44 pm

      it is so incredibly organized! if only our lives could be that organized 🙂

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