Matthew 2:23 KJV
And he came and dwelt in a city called
: that it might
be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, He shall be called a Nazarene. Nazareth
As there is no Old Testament prophecy which specifically says the Messiah would be from
students of the Bible have proposed many ideas as to what this passage could
Some have suggested that this suggests Samson as a type of Christ
However Samson was not a Nazarene but a Nazarite. The two words remind me of what my wife says of putting two shades of the same color together; they are close enough in color to appear a match was attempted. But they do not match and thus clash.
It seems very unlikely that God would get us close without getting us all the way.
Some suggest that this is a reference to His kinship to Jesse, out of whom would come the branch
The Hebrew word for branch is Netzer. Again it is similar but not the same.
Some suggest this is a reference to his being deposed and rejected
I think Albert Barnes hits the nail on the head with this. The Nazarenes were a lowly people in the estimation of those from the
Judah. Being of the area that had
been the Northern Kingdom of Israel, and having been conquered and decimated by
the Assyrians; those who came from that region were typically only part Jewish
and often rejected Temple worship in Jerusalem. When Nathaniel
queried, "Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth?" he voiced the sentiments of
God could have sent His Son to be a great leader and wealthy celebrity, a powerful teacher. He instead sent Him to be a Saviour, a Lamb slain before the foundations of the world.
 "The character of the people of
Nazareth was such that they were proverbially
despised and contemned, John 1:46, John 5:52. To come from Nazareth, therefore, or to be a Nazarene, was
the same as to be despised, or to be esteemed of low birth; to be a root out of
dry ground, having no form or comeliness. This was what had been predicted by
all the prophets. When Matthew says, therefore, that the prophecies were
“fulfilled,” his meaning is, that the predictions of the prophets that he would
be of a low and despised condition, and would be rejected, were fully
accomplished in his being an inhabitant of Nazareth, and despised as such."