Lent Devotion, Day 2 of 44

Matthew 1: https://biblehub.com/nlt/matthew/1.htm

Scripture: v. 23 “and he went and lived in a town called Nazareth. So was fulfilled what was said through the prophets, that he would be called a Nazarene.”

The Nazarite Vow was the vow that Samson took as a result of his mother devoting him to God. The vow gave him strength.

Observation: Bethlehem is David’s city. Nazareth is Jesus’ city. The shift from Bethlehem to Nazareth requires us to alter our expectations about the Messiah. Some ancient sources associate Nazareth with the Nazarite vow (akin to Samson’s vow to not cut his hair). While this historical connection is unlikely, Jesus’s mission is more about the righteousness of a Judge (Nazareth) than the conquest of a King (Bethlehem).

Application: Power comes more from righteousness than might. Leading others to Christ requires that we give up notions of superiority (i.e., “messianic complex” of David’s kingship) and move toward notions of service and sacrifice (inherent in the foot-washing and communion of Jesus Christ).

Prayer: Lord, move me toward a place of service to others, O Lord. Amen.

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