Posted by: thaishin | January 6, 2015

From Galilee

Prophecy of Jesus coming from Galilee

Isaiah 9:1-2

1Nevertheless the dimness shall not be such as was in her vexation, when at the first he lightly afflicted the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, and afterward did more grievously afflict her by the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, in Galilee of the nations. The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined.  -kjv

1Nevertheless, there will be no more gloom for those who were in distress. In the past he humbled the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the future he will honor Galilee of the nations, by the Way of the Sea, beyond the Jordan The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned.  -niv

1Nevertheless, the gloom of the distressed land will not be like that of the former times when He humbled the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali. But in the future He will bring honor to the Way of the Sea, to the land east of the Jordan, and to Galilee of the nations. 2 The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; a light has dawned on those living in the land of darkness.  -hcsb

Fulfilment:

Matthew 4:13-16

13 And leaving Nazareth, he came and dwelt in Capernaum, which is upon the sea coast, in the borders of Zabulon and Nephthalim: 14 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, 15 The land of Zabulon, and the land of Nephthalim, by the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles; 16 The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up.  -kjv

13 Leaving Nazareth, he went and lived in Capernaum, which was by the lake in the area of Zebulun and Naphtali— 14 to fulfill what was said through the prophet Isaiah: 15 “Land of Zebulun and land of Naphtali, the Way of the Sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles –16 the people living in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.”  -niv

13 He left Nazareth behind and went to live in Capernaum by the sea, in the region of Zebulun and Naphtali. 14 This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah: 15 Land of Zebulun and land of Naphtali, along the sea road, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles! 16 The people who live in darkness have seen a great light, and for those living in the shadowland of death, light has dawned  -hcsb

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Responses

  1. Most sinfulness occurs in darkness. If Jesus is lacking in a person’s heart darkness surrounds this person. Once saved the Glory of God in all his glory and brightness fills the voids as well as the changed heart and this world has a new meaning and life begins at that point.

  2. Two things impressed me:

    (1). Jesus left Nazareth and went to live in Capernaum, fulfilling the OT prophecy in Isaiah. Did he go there to “purposely” fulfil the OT? I would think not. There are many other instances in Jesus’ life that fulfilled the OT prophecy. For example, it was because of a Roman census that Jesus, a native Nazarene, was born in far away Bethlehem, as foretold by Micah 5:2, that Bethlehem will be the place where the Messiah would be born. Another example is when Joseph and Mary fled to Egypt to escape from King Herod’s tyrannical rule of killing all infant Jews, thus fulfilling the prophecy in Matt 2:15 “Out of Egypt I called my Son”. As a child, Jesus simply could not have engineered all these events.

    (2) In his growing up years, Jesus must have been a wonderful child and teen. He must have lived a life that shines like a great light. If it were not so, it would have very easy for his neighbours and friends to quickly point out any errors and sins that He could have committed. Jesus’ example motivate all of us to similarly live like shining stars!

    • Hi Kong Wah,

      Agree with you that it was the providence of God that has led to the fulfillment of the OT prophecies, especially when Jesus was an infant. However, when Jesus became a grown man, I believe he was conscious of what he was doing. He is fully man and also fully God. I believe he also ‘purposely’ fulfill the OT prophecies like Isaiah 9:1-2 since he is conscious of what he is doing and he is already a man.


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