ARE THESE RELATED WORDS? Natsar & Nazir -- A Crash Study THE WORD "NATSAR"
There is usually some initial confusion with the words Natsar and Nazir. The original Hebrew for "Nazarene" is based on the root "natsar", and means to watch -- this is because the area around the burg Natsareth was named for it, hence the word "Gennetsaret" (vale of Netsar) -- referring to the whole district. "Natsarith" as it is sometimes transliterated, was a community with a view. It was built on a hilltop. Natsarith's root word, Natsar, points to the fact that the town was situated on high ground, and provided a panoramic view of the surroundings. It was an absolutely lovely place to grow up.
The "brow of the hill" which Yahushua's town-folk tried to throw Him over gave the name to the town itself. Natsareth (natsar, the root) hence means "watchtower", and Natsare-nes are by extension "watchmen", but this also fulfills the prophecies of Yesh Yahu 11:1, and Zec. 6:12. In these places, the change in vowels forms the root "netser", meaning "branch"; it's a kind of synonym, like any word with two meanings, but the same spelling. "He shall be called a Natsarene (Mt. 2:23) refers to the verses above, but it is not a direct quote as we are led to believe. This synonym (word spelled the same) forms a play-on-words: "netser", meaning "branch", and "natsar", meaning "to watch". So, we can be called branches, and watchmen for this reason. Remember Ya-hushua said, "I am the vine, you are the branches" (Yahuchanon 15:5).
The original followers of Yahushua were known as "Natsarim", because you'll see "sect of the Nazarenes"written in your translations at Acts 24:5.
From the same chapter 31 of Yerme Yahu (Jeremiah) where the promised New Covenant is located, there are the words,
"There will be a day when WATCHMEN will cry out on the hills of Ephraim" (31:6) --
referring to one of the 10 lost tribes whom Yahushua was sent to, among these, some are "Natsarim" (like me); and He is finishing that mission through His Natsarim today. The word "watchmen" is from the same root, Natsar, from which we derive the words Natsareth, Gennetsaret, and Natsarim. Technically, we should not use a letter "z" in "Nazarene", because the letter is a tsadee, or "ts" sound -- and it confuses the word with nazir, which uses a zayin (z). HOW CAN WE CALL OURSEL VES "NATSARIM"? (see Acts 24:5)
Our "physical" (fleshly) origins count for nothing; we become children of YHWH by our decision to obey Him, and this shows not only our love for Him, but also it is evidence to all around us Who we serve, and Whose children we are. If we are immersed into the Name of Yahushua, and pronounce our belief in His resurrection while trusting in His blood atonement, we are Natsarim. Very early, the term "Natsarim" became replaced with the gentile term "Christians". There is more to learn about this transition, and a matter for another study. "Jesus Christ" is a man-made fabrication; "Yahushua Mashiach" is simply the order the phrase takes, because "Mashaich" is Ya-hushua's title, not His "last name". Mashiach refers to His being anointed, the Sovereign of Israel (all 12 tribes). Shaul and Dawid were also "Mashiach" YHWH's "anointed". THE WORD "NAZIR"
By contrast, the "vow" of the "Nazirite", is just based on an ancient tradition which became an institution at Num 6:1-21. The root of the word is "nazir", having distinctly different Hebrew letters: nazir = nun, zayin, yod, resh; natsar = nun, Tsadee, resh. The word nazir means "consecrated", similar to the word "qodesh". The oath or vow of the Nazirite is for a specific period of time, and can be taken by anyone provided they offer the prescribed offerings at Num. 6:1-21 -- but this is going to be very difficult without the Lewitical priesthood, Temple, Altar, and so on! It would also seem that Nazir (Nazirite) vows can be just annunciated by our lips, hence Yahushua's strong advice to be careful what we say, or vow! He recommends NOT to do it (for the average person). The person who takes a Nazirite vow is set-apart to YHWH for the period specified. So, the words are completely dissimilar.
I hope this clears up some of the haze at least. Don't worry, it is quite normal to make this association between the two words,
Natsarim and Nazirite. I didn't even open the "Greek" can-of-worms here, it only makes things more confusing. We can become a "Natsarene" because we follow Yahushua, the founder of our sect. Paul was a member of the sect of the Pharisees, but became a Natsarene also -- he still considered himself a Pharisee as well. Except for the "adding" (leavening) of the rules of the Pharisees, and their outward showing of hypocritical righteousness, Yahushua was very much in agreement with the general pattern of the Pharisees, apart from their "oral law".
WHO WERE THE "NAZARENES"?
They were the original Hebrew and Gentile converts who followed Yahushua, and so were called NATSARIM. You'll find that Shaul (Paul) was called a "ringleader" of the sect of the Natsarim at Acts 24:5. The true religion of the Messiah, His real Name, His mission, and what His followers' sect was called are facts being re-discovered today by thousands of diligent seekers. Born a Yahudi (Jew), He is of a different tribe than Shaul (Paul), who was a Ben-yamite. But, neither of them are Catholic, Baptist, Anabaptist, Amish, or lived as any sort of Christian today. Yahushua is the High Priest of the religion of Abraham, Yitshaq, and Ya'aqob; He obeys the 10 Commandments of the Elohim of Israel, hwhy, and so do those who follow Him. Would He really tell you that the Sabbath was made for man, then change what day is the Sabbath? Is it possible His Name isn't "Jesus", and He's more like a Jewish Rabbi? Scholars know He never heard anyone call Him "Jesus", it's just tradition that allows this to continue, and it is the result of several intermediate languages' corruptions of His true Name.
Why does your translation of Scripture mention the Name "YHWH" in the preface, but substitute the English word "LORD" for it in the text? If the letter "J" is less than 500 years old, why use it in the Name "Jesus"? Isn't His real Name more like Y'shua, Yeshua, Yahshua, or Yahushua? To call Him "Yeh-soos" or "Yeh-zeus" may not be very good, considering "soos" is Hebrew for "horse", and of course you know who "zeus" is . . . . this Pagan name was used in many name-endings like Tarsus, Pegasus, Dionysus, Parnassus, etc., to honor Zeus phonetically. The Greek name endings like sus, sous, and seus were employed to give honor to "Zeus". "Sus" in Latin means "pig". The Latin Deus and Greek Zeus sounded the same, because D and Z were both joined in a "DZ" sound.
When the "anti-messiah" appears on the scene, don't you imagine most people will be expecting someone named "Jesus", because they were programmed this way? Our Creator is now sealing His people with His TRUE NAME in their foreheads. You will discover facts about the beast system, and that there is a correlation between Nimrod, Pharaoh, Caesar, Dalai Lama, and the Pope. Is the Pope the "false prophet"? Is Washington D.C. the new "Babylon"? Prove to yourself what name the anti-messiah will come in, so you can identify him when he appears.
Overcome the deception the whole world is in, but remember to stay balanced. YHWH doesn't wish us to be ignorant, but if we use our knowledge for unloving outcomes and goals, we have failed. We are not to judge people, only Yahushua may do so; judging another's servant is not a wise thing to do. We are all learning at different rates, growing in wisdom and understanding, but at different places in the race.
I have several encyclopedic dictionaries, and each has over 1900 pages; there's not one footnote in them. Can they be trusted? I hope so, but like you reading this book, I'll be looking at other sources to check up on things. Sometimes people change and move closer to the Truth; other times, they move farther away from it. Check this:
Anabaptist A member of one of the radical movements of the Reformation that insisted that only adult baptism was valid and held that the Christians should not bear arms, use force, or hold government office. Name means "one who is re-baptized". Greek, ana = again + baptein = to dip.
Mennonite A member of a Protestant Christian sect opposed to baptism, taking oaths, holding public office, or performing military service. German Mennoit, after Menno Simons (1492-1559), religious reformer.
Amish An orthodox US Anabaptist sect that separated from the Mennonites in the late 17th century. German, amisch, after Jacob Amman, 17th century Swiss Mennonite bishop.
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