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Lesson # Matthew 2:13-15
Study Material - Matthew 2:13-15
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13 Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying, 'Arise and take the Child and His mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you; for Herod is going to search for the Child to destroy Him.' 14 And he arose and took the Child and His mother by night, and departed for Egypt; 15 and was there until the death of Herod, that what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet might be fulfilled, saying, 'Out of Egypt did I call My Son.'
God uses a variety of circumstances to promote and protect. The birth of Christ was met with relative obscurity. Few people made much heed to the rumors and in that respect the child and the family of Joseph was safe. But as the knowledge came to the powers that be, then the threat perceived by those in high offices, became yet another threat.
Joseph was ignorant to this danger, focusing on his family, the new child, the attention they received from the foreign visitors and some shepherds and perhaps a few others. But God knows all of the dangers, the rages, the plots, the devious plans, Isa 37:28. And when the time requires, then flight to another geographical area is ordered. For to Egypt would they go as instructed by God.
What lay over their head was a great blessing and responsibility as well. Jer. 15:10, Christ was born an object of antagonism. In infancy he was hated. From the outset Christ was a target. Rev. 12:4, Satan stands ready to destroy the child, just as Pharaoh was ready to destroy the nation in the end. Yet God delivered them in flight and in their helplessness against an advancing army with their backs to the water.
So now the baby Jesus is in danger and in flight with provisions provided by the Magi, the gold and such, God sends Joseph and family to Egypt and safety. God could have ordered his legions of angels with flaming swords to defend Jesus, but this was not according to His purpose nor plan.
In everyday life we face challenges and God provides us with solutions whether we recognize them or not. You should realize that if you are still alive, if you had your meals today, if you have clothes and even a few pennies in your pocket, you are still under the protection of God. If your attitude is one of contempt then your security is probably in the misery you are bringing on yourself. Even God allows you to wallow a little or a lot. You can make life easier on yourself if you change your attitude and seek God's knowledge and the spiritual growth it offers, not to mention the blessings that ride along with it.
Rev 12:16, God makes the place of safety the earth to protect the child. In Egypt there was safety though usually a place of evil, idolatry, etc. God chose to send Jesus to Egypt for his safety. Into bondage he goes, figuratively speaking, and out from bondage he will be led. God called out his son, the nation of Israel, the name of Jacob as changed to Israel. And so God will once again calls out His only Son, Jesus Christ when the time is right. Christ was sanctified from the womb, Jer. 1:5. With no sin nature, Christ had fellowship with God from the outset. Even in infancy there existed a close relationship with Christ. Just as Adam and Eve in the garden had a close daily relationship with Christ as He walked with them.
So if you will change your focus on the Bible and establish your relationship with God, through first becoming positive, then remaining in fellowship, then advancing in your spiritual life. No man knows what is in store for him tomorrow let alone in the years ahead, but, Jer. 1:6 God teaches what to say and where to go. Everything you need in life is provided for you.
Joseph was ignorant and knew nothing of the events that were unfolding around him in the secret halls of government. Yet when God instructed him to pack and go, he did just that and without question and without hesitation. Joseph had passed the test of faith and was well selected for the father role in this point in history. He could have expected that since this was the Son of God that the legions I mentioned would be made available to protect the child, but God has other purposes in life to teach dependence on Him.
Rich persons who have a lot of things may have found it difficult to leave on such a short notice, and leave all their nice possessions behind. And therein lies their disadvantage of wealth. The poor have little and therefore have few hesitations with respect to 'things'. God provided the funds, the gold which the Magi brought, and now Joseph provides the faith. God provided the instructions and Joseph provided the obedience. Not knowing where in Egypt, he was going, nor how long he might be in Egypt. But God instructed him to remain until further notice. And that is what Joseph did.
We have our instructions given us by the scriptures. To study His Word, to advance in our spiritual life to maturity, to stand fast in our spiritual life and watch God's work and wait on Him. God created the universe in an instant. He restored the earth in six days. He has tremendous power and knowledge. He knows all our needs and has known them since eternity past and has made provision for each of us. We have but to wait on him. We must grow in His grace, and continue in our normal daily lives allowing God to lead us step by step. God does not use miracles on a daily basis to strike your enemies and troubles with bolts of lightening, but uses normal daily functions to prosper you in your life. But only if you are positive toward him and are advancing in your spiritual life and not playing the 'poor me' routine. The sad violin.
So now the prophecy, Hos. 11:1, out of Egypt comes God's son. And the prophecy should not be taken lightly. Centuries before, Hosea, told of this event, giving yet another detail out of many which would come true about Christ. Giving the Bible impeccable credibility. Either you believe in the Bible or you don't. Most of the problems in life are centered on the rejection of God. Many people just do not believe in the details of the Bible, so they don't learn its secrets or its power, and they continue on in their life seeking that which they will never find because they look in all the wrong places.
Ecc. 1:9 That which has occurred, shall occur again. Israel was called out of Egypt, so also Christ is called out. Both are called out of Egypt, out of bondage. Both were free, then in bondage, then freed once again. God demonstrates in life the repetition of events. That the new things that many people think exist are really not new at all. We have all been in bondage since we were born as humans and spiritually dead and slaves to sin. Once we expressed our faith in Christ, we were saved and freed from that bondage, delivered from Egypt so to speak. As we live in this age of rapidly advancing technology and better gadgets for our lives, the issue has never changed from the time of Adam. What think ye of Christ? What think ye of doctrine? Everything else is just window dressing.
Every person is faced with those questions in life. Joseph passed his test of faith. Now each of us has the same test, daily in our lives. Do we pass or fail?
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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