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26 When Elizabeth was six months pregnant, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a city in Galilee, 27 to a virgin who was engaged to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David’s house. The virgin’s name was Mary.
45 Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law and the Prophets: Jesus, Joseph’s son, from Nazareth.”
46 Nathanael responded, “Can anything from Nazareth be good?”
As Luke began his story about Jesus’ birth, he told of a divine messenger appearing to Zechariah, an aged priest, in the imposing Temple in Jerusalem, Israel’s capital city (cf. Luke 1:5-11). But that was just prologue to the main story. The main story came from Nazareth. Pilgrims came from all over the Mediterranean world to Jerusalem, but Nazareth was not on any pilgrim’s wish list. Honestly, it’s likely that most citizens of Judea (southern Israel) had never heard of Nazareth.
Today’s Insights was chapter 2 (“A Town in Galilee Called Nazareth”) from The Journey: A Season of Reflections, by Adam Hamilton. Copyright © 2011 by Abingdon Press, and available on our website for 24 hours by permission of Abingdon Press. If you’d like to buy the entire book of reflections, you can click here for a direct link to the Cokesbury sale page, as well as other Journey resources.
Lord, when I sing “this is my Father’s world,” that song reminds me that you are at work in all the obscure places of our world as well as in the powerful and famous. And you want to work in me, no matter how obscure or famous I may feel. Amen.
* NIV, Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible, eBook (Kindle Locations 232155-232156). Zondervan. Kindle Edition.
** J. Ramsey Michaels, study note on John 1:46 in The CEB Study Bible. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2013, p. 172 NT.