So he got up, took the child and his mother and went to the land of
Israel. But when he heard that Archelaus was reigning in Judea in place of his father
Herod, he was afraid to go there. Having been warned in a dream, he withdrew to the
district of Galilee, 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.
We see from this passage that Joseph and Mary knew that Jesus was
the promised King of the Jews. Naturally, the King of the Jews would live in Jerusalem
but, once again, God intervened and they went back to live in Nazareth which is where
they were from. In Isaiah
11:1, it was said that a shoot would come up from Jesse (the father of King
David) and this shoot is also called a Branch referring to Jesus. The old Hebrew word
netzer means sprout and is probably where the city of Nazareth got its name. The fact
that Jesus was raised in Nazareth would make Him a Nazarene and so this is the
fulfillment of the fourth prophecy concerning Jesus' birth and early years.