The return from Egypt and settlement in Nazareth (Matthew 2:19‐23)

We can be confident of God’s guidance when we are doing His work.

Sometime later Herod fell sick and died. An angel of God appeared in a dream to Joseph. The angel told Joseph of the death of Herod and told him to take his family back to Israel. Joseph woke up and took Jesus and Mary back to Israel.

When they got back to Israel, Joseph heard that Herod’s son, Archelaus, who was a tyrant was reigning and Joseph was afraid. God warned him in a dream and he headed to Galilee. In Galilee, Joseph and his family settled in Nazareth. There was a prophecy at that time that stated that Christ would be a Nazarene.

This was the third and fourth time that God has sent a messenger to Joseph. The first time was when it was reviled that Mary was pregnant and God told Joseph to take her as his wife. The second time was when God told Joseph to flee to Egypt away from Herod who wanted to kill Jesus as a child.

Joseph had been given a great responsibility to raise Jesus Christ and I am comforted that God gave him guidance on what to do. I believe that these instances were not the last but the first four of many. As Christ’s disciples, we were given the charge to witness to the world and in John 14:16-18 Jesus Christ said, “And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth: whom the world cannot receive; for it beholdeth him not, neither knoweth him: ye know him; for he abideth with you, and shall be in you. I will not leave you desolate: I come unto you.” We can be confident that the Holy Spirit is available to us as believers at all times and in all situations.

What work has God given you to do? How can you turn to Him more for direction?

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