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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

JESUS Of Nazareth




Matthew 2:13-23 NIV








The Escape to Egypt





13When they had gone, an angel of The LORD appeared to Joseph in a dream. “Get up,” he said, “take The CHILD and HIS mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for The CHILD to kill HIM.”






14So he got up, took The CHILD and HIS mother during the night and left for Egypt, 15where he stayed until the death of Herod. And so was fulfilled what The LORD Had Said through the prophet:


Out of Egypt I Called MY SON.


16When Herod realized that he had been outwitted by the Magi, he was furious, 






and he gave orders to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were two years old and under, in accordance with the time he had learned from the Magi. 






17Then what was said through the prophet Jeremiah was fulfilled:


18“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.”






The Return to Nazareth




19After Herod died, an angel of The LORD appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt 20and said, “Get up, take The CHILD and HIS mother and go to the land of Israel, for those who were trying to take The CHILD'S  life are dead.”






21So he got up, took The CHILD and HIS mother and went to the land of Israel. 22But when he heard that Archelaus was reigning in Judea in place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there. Having been warned in a dream, he withdrew to the district of Galilee, 23and he went and lived in a town called Nazareth. 



(View of Modern Nazareth)



So was fulfilled what was said through the prophets, that HE Would Be Called a Nazarene.












Notes




Flee into Egypt - Egypt is situated to the southwest of Judea, and is distant from Bethlehem perhaps about 60 miles. It was at this time a Roman province. There were many Jews there, who had a temple and synagogues.




“In that day five of Egypt's cities will follow The LORD of Heaven's Armies. They will even begin to speak Hebrew, the language of Canaan. One of these cities will be Heliopolis, the City of the Sun.”


And Joseph, therefore, would be among his own countrymen, and yet beyond the reach of Herod. The jurisdiction of Herod extended only to the River Sihon, or “River of Egypt,” and, of course, beyond that Joseph was safe from his evil designs.  Egypt was now a Roman province, and the rage of Herod could not pursue the Holy Family to this place.


It is remarkable that this is the only time in which our SAVIOR Was out of Palestine, and that this was in the land where the children of Israel had suffered so much and so long under the oppression of the Egyptian kings in Moses’ time and before. The very land which was the land of bondage and groaning for the Jews became now the land of refuge and safety for The New-Born KING of Judea.


GOD Can Overturn nations and kingdoms, so that those whom HE Loves shall be safe anywhere.







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