A Place of Protection
After the wise men were gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. “Get up! Flee to Egypt with the child and his mother,” the angel said. “Stay there until I tell you to return, because Herod is going to search for the child to kill him.” That night Joseph left for Egypt with the child and Mary, his mother, and they stayed there until Herod’s death. This fulfilled what the Lord had spoken through the prophet: “I called my Son out of Egypt.”
Matthew 2:13-15 NLT
It is interesting to note that this prophetic word that Matthew quotes comes from the book of Hosea. When Hosea wrote this statement under the Holy Spirit’s direction, he thought he was referring only to the historic past of God bringing Israel out of Egypt under the leadership of Moses. He probably did not realize there was a prophetic significance to the passage.
I believe that many of the prophets wrote without a full understanding of the implications of their words. They were not given a complete revelation, so they only wrote what part they saw. It was not until after the death and resurrection of Jesus that Matthew and others connected all the dots and explained how Jesus fulfilled the prophecies.
That the Messiah would come out of Egypt was an interesting prophecy. Historians tell us that during the time of Jesus, many Jews were living in Jewish settlements in Egypt, roughly 175 miles from Jerusalem. Jews had fled to Egypt for protection and safety from the Roman army that had invaded Israel.
Joseph gets a warning from God that Herod is going to try to kill Jesus. God instructed Joseph to travel to Egypt for protection. Egypt becomes the place of safety for a short time, probably about a year.
Matthew included this part of the story to point out not only that Jesus fulfilled the prophecy of Hosea, but that Jesus was a type of Israel. Jesus went to Egypt just as Jacob had done with his family to escape the famine in Israel, where God provided protection through Joseph. The children of Israel forgot about God in Egypt and fell into idolatry until their suffering brought them back to trust in God. God then sent Moses to lead them out of Egypt.
We see that nothing—or no one—can stop the plan of God. God’s plan is secure. He will provide a place of protection and safety. He will lead us in and lead us out. We just have to learn to trust the plan of God.
Holy Spirit, please help me to trust Your plans. Help me to trust that You will protect me, and You will guide me. Help me to walk daily in Your plan.
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