This passage continues the account of the oriental astrologers coming to pay homage to Jesus Christ when He was a child. The following happens after these astrologers had left for their country after seeing Jesus and worshipping Him.
Joseph flees into Egypt, with Jesus and his mother (Mat 2:13-15)
We need to search God’s word and seek Him in pray often to have His will revealed to us.
The oriental astrologers returned to their country and an angel of God came to Joseph in a dream. The angel told Joseph to take Jesus and Mary and flee to Egypt because Herod was about to try and kill Jesus. They were to stay in Egypt until the angel told them to return. Joseph woke up from the dream and took his family by night into Egypt as he was instructed. And they remained in Egypt until the death of Herod. All this happened in fulfilment of the prophecy by Hosea.
In Hosea 11:1 we read, “When Israel was a child, I loved him, and out of Egypt I called my son.” There are particular words spoke by the prophets that have two fulfillments. Those words are first fulfilled during the prophets time and then fulfilled at a later time. Through the guidance of the Holy Spirit, Matthew saw that Hosea’s words in this verse were applicable to Jesus here.
While it was appropriate here according to the word of God for Joseph to flee to Egypt to save the life of Jesus, it would be appropriate for Christ to head into danger later. In Matthew 20:17-19 we read, “And as Jesus was going up to Jerusalem, he took the twelve disciples aside, and on the way he said to them, ‘See, we are going up to Jerusalem. And the Son of Man will be delivered over to the chief priests and scribes, and they will condemn him to death and deliver him over to the Gentiles to be mocked and flogged and crucified, and he will be raised on the third day.’” There are times when we need to avoid confrontation and other time when we need to head into dangerous situations. We, therefore, need to constantly seek to know God’s will. We can not assume to know His will.
Do you believe God can guide you moment by moment in every aspect of your life? In what areas of your life have you failed to seek God’s will?
Herod kills the children (Mat 2:16-18)
The kingdom of God will face opposition in this world but Jesus has overcome.
Herod soon realised that the astrologers would not return to him and he was furious. He had all boy in Bethlehem and its vicinity of the age of two years and below killed. The reason he used two years and below was because the astrologers had first seen the Messiah’s star two years before.
Jeremiah’s prophecy was fulfilled following this massacre. In Jeremiah 31:15 the scriptures say, “Thus says the LORD: ‘A voice is heard in Ramah, lamentation and bitter weeping. Rachel is weeping for her children; she refuses to be comforted for her children, because they are no more.’”
Psalms 2:1-2 says, “Why do the nations rage and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD and against his Anointed…” We can not underestimate what the people of this world and the devil will do to stand against Jesus Christ. Herod’s massacre of children is an example. The second line of the Lord’s pray, in Matthew 6:10 we read, “Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” This needs to be our daily prayer. We can not afford to be distracted by our fleshly needs and forget that this is why Jesus came and died on the cross.
What opposition to the kingdom of God do you see around you today? How often will you purpose to commit these areas to God in prayer?