Imagine you are sound asleep, entering those peaceful areas of your mind, where the day’s activities just fade away. Drifting around in the sweetest of dreams. Suddenly, you feel like someone has touched you or told you to wake up. Through hazy eyes, you try to adjust to the darkness.
As you rub your eyes you say to yourself, “I must still be asleep.”
Your heart pounds harder in your chest as your eyes focus on the angel standing beside your bed. You are pretty sure it is an angel from the pure white light expanding from its form. (And the form would be male. Angels came before the creation of woman or Eve.) Yet, you feel no harm only a feeling of warmth and security. Yes, this must be an angel.
The angel speaks to your mind. You are informed to pack up your family and move to another state immediately! Your family is in extreme danger! The angel is gone and your bedroom is dark once again.
What do you do?
That is exactly what happened to Joseph in Matthew 2:13-18. The angel warned him that Herod was furious and would be hunting down baby Jesus. Joseph was told that he had to take his family, go to Egypt and stay there until God tells him where to go next.
And that is exactly what Joseph did!
Matthew also reminds the reader of the prophecy in Hosea 11:1, being fulfilled when the Lord said “Out of Egypt I called my son.”
I am told in my study bible that this verse is referring to when God called the nation of Israel out of Egypt during Moses’s time. But that the inspiration of the Spirit revealed to Matthew it also meant Jesus.
Matthew, also quotes the prophet Jeremiah. Another indication of the fulfilling of prophecy for the coming of the Messiah. Something very important to the Jewish reader.
“A voice is heard in Ramah, weeping and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children and refusing to be comforted, because they are no more.”
Now, I want to return to the question, “What would you do?”
Would you really get up the next morning, wake your spouse, and pack up your family to leave? Or would there be considerations for your job, your home, your family, your kid’s schools, their friends, etc?
How many times in our lives do we listen to God’s commands for our lives when it contradicts our own plans?
I believe, as Christians, we have moved further away from listening and obeying God. Instead God is a figure-head somewhere up in the white fluffy clouds. Oh, we call Him down when we are in trouble, but basically He is not the center of our lives anymore.
Think about what we could be missing out on, by living this way.
For me, I am so grateful Joseph and Mary did not live this way!
God Bless You!
God Bless America!