Matthew 2:13-15 Now when they departed, the angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying, “Arise, take the young Child and His mother, and escape to Egypt, and stay there until I bring you word. For Herod will seek the young Child to kill Him.”
14 When he rose, he took the young Child and His mother by night, and departed into Egypt, 15 and remained there until the death of Herod, to fulfill what the Lord had spoken through the prophet, “Out of Egypt I have called My Son.
This text is a picture of the Power and Wisdom of the "Sovereign" God of the universe. Here we see God's "Divine Providence" and God's "Divine Protection" of Jesus, Mary and Joseph.
People of God, our God, the Sovereign God of the Universe is in full control of the universe and all it's affairs.
God divinely protects His own, even through the test and trials that He may allow to come in our lives. Even in those difficult situations, painful circumstances and hard places in life, God is still in control and directing our paths.
God is forever with us through His Holy Spirit. He is constantly giving us the much needed strength and endurance to continue on in faith with the knowledge and assurance of His everlasting presence with us. Yes, God is even with us in the places that sometimes seems so crazy and makes no sense as to why they are happening in our lives.
It was God who put on flesh, came to earth in the person of His Son Jesus Christ and dwelt among us and it is God who will divinely order every step of His will, His promise and His fulfillment of Jesus' life on earth.
John 1:14-The Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, the glory as the only Son of the Father, full of grace and truth.
As we learned in our previous lessons, King Herod commanded the "wise men" to return to him and inform him of the location of the birth place of "Jesus" so that he may go and worship him.
Having been divinely warned in a dream, the "wise men" were directed to take another route from the one which in them came from.
In other words they were told to not take the route that will lead them back to the way of King Herod, but take the route in which the Holy Spirit of God will divinely lead them back home safe.
After the departure of the "Wise Men" God now gives Joseph divine instructions concerning the safety of the "Child" and Him and Mary.
God, through one of His angels, instructs Joseph to "get up, take the "Child" and Mary and escape to Egypt for safety.
God in His Divine and Sovereign wisdom knew King Herod's heart and his every intentions concerning Jesus. He knew Herod's goal was to kill Jesus out of an evil heart that was full of jealousy and rage.
Joseph "OBEYED" the voice of the Lord through His angel. Scripture declares that obedience is better than sacrifice!
Joseph, Mary and "JESUS" arrived in Egypt and remained there until the death of Herod.
In Joseph obedience to doing what He was commanded by God to leave and take the family to Egypt, the prophecy of the old testaments Prophets were fulfilled in Hosea 11:1-"When Israel was a child, I loved him, and out of Egypt I called my son.
People of God, "STAY IN THE WILL OF GOD" for your life and He will divinely direct and protect you too.
Protection from Heaven! This is what God not only offers, but He PROVIDES for those who belongs to Him.
This Christmas Story that is before us on today is proof to us that when we obey God, He will do the same for us as He did for Jesus, Mary and Joseph.
Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; 6 in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths.
Divine Providence and Divine Protection is what the Lord our God is offering to all those who are willing to hear and obey Him on today.