Nathanael, guileless

The Lord was assembling they who would be the epicenter of a revolution, (after all, they did turn the world upside down) and He selected them carefully. There was Andrew, who told Simon: ‘the Messiah is here,’ and we can easily forget that Peter was brought to the Lord by his brother. The Lord then called Philip, who was of the same city as the two, Bethsaida. ‘Follow me,’ was enough, as the word of God has power unto life.

A common fig tree

Philip proved himself the evangelist and found Nathanael: ‘We have found He who Moses in the law, and in the prophets did write, Jesus of Nazareth, son of Joseph.’  Indeed, the testimony of the scriptures point to the Anointed One, whereby in him the truth of God would be verified.

And what followed was a dazzling mark of inspiration in scripture, as Nathanael instinctively said:

‘Can any good thing come out of Nazareth?

Don’t you love this text? The immediate response by a man who had an opinion of a city because it was on ‘the other side of the tracks.’ His brutal and unvarnished honesty is commendable.  Nazareth ha, population under a thousand, had a reputation and in that, the wisdom of God is shown, for the foolishness of God is wiser than men.

Philip said to him, ‘C’mon, I’ll show you.’  The Lord sees Nathanael walking to Him and says: ‘Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile!’ Nathanael says ‘From where do you know me?’  Note what the Lord said: ‘Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you.’  Nathanael was immediately arrested in his conscience.

Yes, it would be safe to say that Nathanael was under a tree alone and apart, far from the eye of man, and what little we know of this man suggests he was somewhat of a loner as well as a scholar. And at the Lord’s ‘seeing’ him there, he said ‘Rabbi, thou art the son of God, thou art the King of Israel.’

Now here was an Apollos type, mighty in the scriptures, for he was able to identify these Godlike traits of David’s greater son.  Remember it was Paul the apostle that upon his conversion, preached in the synagogue that the Lord was son of God. This was a huge admission.

Yet, the Lord said quickly, ‘You believe because I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than these,’ and He then adds: ‘Verily, verily, I say unto you, hereafter ye shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man.’  Yes, these words spoken to Nathanael.

Nazareth became  eternally significant, and it is clear that many individuals have made criminal attempts to erase it from the page of history. So it goes: ‘Real scholars know there was no such town.’ ‘It has long been proved that Nazareth was a mythical city used simply to supply the narrative for a new preacher with an old message.’  ‘The town was purely fabricated by people to invent a religion.’

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Where is my ‘yawn’ button? Of course one must do away with the city of Nazareth, as it supposedly does away with He whose goings are from everlasting. Listen to scripture:

And in the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary.

And he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, He shall be called a Nazarene.

‘In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth,  rise up and walk.’  -Peter

‘I truly thought with myself, that I ought to do many things contrary to the name of Jesus of Nazareth.‘  -Paul

Do away with Nazareth, and the opinion of Nathanael is suspect. Do away with Nazareth, and there is a questionable Nazarene. Do away with Nazareth, and the throne of heaven is accused.  No, all three names below have God’s imprint, and they all testify to a simple town. (Now learn a lesson from the fig tree…)

NathanaEL (given of God)

GabriEL  (God is my strength)

EmmanuEL  (God with us)

Is it any wonder that the destroyer and ‘commander in thief’ would suggest with that hideous whisper that Nazareth was a fable?  EL Shaddai, EL Elyon, indeed  the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, testify to the lowly city, from whence came David’s greater son.

And the Israelite, in whom was no guile, attested to the KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.


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21 Responses to Nathanael, guileless

  1. archaeopteryx1 says:

    His brutal and unvarnished honesty is commendable.
    Interestingly, when I comment with “brutal and unvarnished honesty,” you hide it —


    • ColorStorm says:

      You prove yourself every time arch-
      An entire post here, and THIS is what you bring?
      It is once more about you.

      Brutal maybe, ‘unvarnished truth?’ ah, no. Did you notice the word here GUILELESS?


  2. Wally Fry says:


    What I love about both of those stories is the urgency and enthusiasm with which Andrew and Philip both went about their assignment. They were just both so…excited about what had happened to them and couldn’t wait to tell somebody.

    But, I really love reading about Andrew telling his brother about Jesus. Andrew doesn’t really come out as being especially notable, not like his brother anyway. But, what if he had not taken that message to his brother? Of course God’s plan will be fulfilled, but what if?

    In our own cases, we just never know who it is we might be telling about Jesus, and what God’s plan for them might be.

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  3. Wally Fry says:

    What’s really cool to me is how both Philip and Andrew were just both so excited about telling about what had happened to them. We all should be huh?

    What if Andrew had not told his brother? I know God’s plan will be accomplished, but what if?

    Little old Andrew, not really notable. But we never know what God has planned for the person we tell do we?

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  4. Reblogged this on Talmidimblogging and commented:

    Excellent piece!


  5. Wonderful words and a powerful message. That’s one of my favorite phrases from scripture, “Can any good thing come out of Nazareth?” People have not changed one bit since biblical times!

    The other one I really like is, “Has not the scripture said, That Christ comes as the descendant of David, and out of the town of Bethlehem, where David was?”

    Both of them speak of the need for us not to lean into our own understanding, because we can be full of biases and misconceptions. So Jesus of Nazareth…..born in Bethlehem, just like scripture predicted! Even back then people were looking for the deception, casting skeptical eyes, tangled up in tiny details and nearly missing what was right in front of them.

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    • ColorStorm says:

      You probably know this ib, others may not, (then again, most believers around here are pretty astute) that your Bethlehem means ‘house of bread,’ as no details to God are minor.

      But yep, geography is crucial, and proves scripture correct, always. Your word of late too, skepticism, nothing new eh, but boy can faith do a number on that. Always liked Nathan though 😉

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      • I had no idea Bethlehem meant house of bread! Fascinating. God likes to build layers upon layers, messages within a message, so we are sure to understand that this is deliberate, purposeful, and there are no errors, no coincidences.

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    • archaeopteryx1 says:

      Jesus of Nazareth…..born in Bethlehem, just like scripture predicted!” – So funny, IB, as anonymous writers who were well-versed in scriptural predictions, wrote their Yeshua stories BASED on those predictions, in order to make it appear as though they had been fulfilled! BINGO! Instant Savior!


      • ColorStorm says:

        Let’s also not forget the Lion of the tribe of Judah

        NOTE: Perhaps arch, it would be helpful to cite the rest of the text: ‘Even back then people were looking for the deception, casting skeptical eyes, tangled up in tiny details and nearly missing what was right in front of them.’ -ib22

        (Does deception and skeptical eyes sound familiar?)

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  6. House of Bread and the Bread of Life placed in a manger, a feeding trough, at birth – God is the coolest and only God could do this!!
    Good post, CS!! I love learning and reading about the men Jesus chose as His apostles – they are so human and easy to relate to and He hand-picked them. Nathanael gives me hope as I am prone to opening my mouth before my mind kicks into gear. Jesus loved these men deeply, even Judas which is a big topic for another post! Loved reading this…

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    • ColorStorm says:

      tkx betty,

      Indeed, mere men such as you and I, same hearts, strengths, weaknesses.

      Agreed, such lessons in scripture that speak to us today.


  7. Tricia says:

    What an insightful post ColorStorm, made me think more about the importance of Nazareth and it just makes so much sense why crabby atheists constantly try to blot it out of existence. I also really enjoyed Nathanael becoming a believer when he realizes Christ truly knows him. It’s what we all seek after all, whether we know it or not. 🙂

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  8. ColorStorm says:

    Sorry, you were in moderation for some reason

    ‘Nathanael realized Christ knew him.’ Nice.


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