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PAIN AND SUFFERING PART 15

Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying, “Arise, take the young Child and His mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I bring you word; for Herod will seek the young Child to destroy Him” (Matthew 2:13 NKJV).

THE GENESIS OF JEALOUSY AND MURDER (12)

In our last week’s devotion, we saw how God warned the Magi not to go back to King Herod to divulge to him the whereabout of baby Jesus. Now we see God going a step further to protect baby Jesus. Immediately after the departure of the Magi, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying, “Arise, take the young Child and His mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I bring you word; for Herod will seek the young Child to destroy Him” (Matthew 2:13). Last week, I said that, our God is a God who has knowledge of all his creation including the activities of every human being. To protect baby Jesus, God sent an angel to go to Joseph and warn him to flee with Jesus and his mother Mary to Egypt because, Herod wants to destroy baby Jesus.

Here, we see Egypt being used by God as a refuge for Jesus and his parents. We have to remember that, God has used Egypt before to preserve the lives of his people – the Jews during the time of Joseph when there was severe famine in Canaan and other parts of the nations at the time. Jacob and his family upon the invitation of Joseph moved to Egypt in order to have food to help them survive. Definitely, we see jealousy as the string that ties the families of Joseph and Jesus to Egypt. In the case of Joseph, his brothers’ jealousy led them to sell him to Egypt; while, baby Jesus’ flight to Egypt was motivated by another form of jealousy and murder from the King Herod.

In Matthew’s account of describing what prompted Jesus and his parents to flee to Egypt, he wrote; an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying, “Arise, take the young Child and His mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I bring you word; for Herod will seek the young Child to destroy Him” (Matthew 2:13). The question is, “Why would God ask Joseph to flee to Egypt with Jesus and his mother Mary”? If God has the power to do everything, why didn’t he use that power to protect his own Son in Bethlehem? Yes, God has the power to protect Jesus, but he asked the family to flee to Egypt in accordance with his own word. Long before the birth of Jesus, the Prophet Hosea said; “When Israel was a child, I loved him, and out of Egypt I called my son” (Hosea 11:1). This confirms that, prophecy of God would be fulfilled.

Lastly, we have to take notice of how God communicates with his people. He does so through many ways. In Joseph’s case, it was through dreams. Joseph had a dream of his brothers’ sheaves bowing down to his. He also had a dream of the sun, the moon and eleven stars bowing down to him (Genesis 37:5-10). All this came to pass when his brothers bowed to him when they came to Egypt to buy food. It was also through his interpretation of King Pharaoh’s chief cup bearer’s dream that took him to the presence of Pharaoh, when he (Pharaoh) had a dream and was desperately looking for an interpreter (Genesis 41). Saints, in as much as the Bible helps us to know the mind of God, we should not shut our minds to other means he would like to use to communicate to us.

Send this devotion to all your contacts. Let’s pray for each other as the coming of Jesus draws nearer.

Dr. Charles Mantey

Senior Pastor
Disiciples Revival Church
Toronto, Canada

 

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