King Driven from the Kingdom
Verse 15b And so was fulfilled what the Lord had said through the prophet: “Out of Egypt I called my Son.”
Once again God speaks to His devout people to give them guidance and instruction for the future. Again speaking to Jesus’ earthly father, Joseph, in a dream. He obeyed the first time and has taken Mary to be his wife. They had started building a life for themselves in Bethlehem and now it is time to move again. We can wonder if Mary and Joseph were beginning to think that this adventure of being the Messiah’s parents meant being ready to move again at a moment’s notice.
They up and left in the middle of the night. Night travel was not common but it would have allowed for them to leave without much notice and could allow discretion as to the direction that they fled. This quick move would save the young Messiah and would also allow a prophecy to be fulfilled. It had been prophesied that the Messiah would be born in Bethlehem but that He would be called out of Egypt. This was important because it showed that God was not surprised by the hatred of Herod to the King of Kings being born.
This King was born in His national home, driven to a foreign country, came back to the Promised Land of God’s people to do His ministry, was continuously rejected, and then fulfilled His mission by dying and rising again. It was the Lord’s obedience to the plan. In fact, each person in this story of Christmas went through something that didn’t make sense and yet were obedient. Whether it was losing their voice until they named their son, John or leaving in the middle of the night to move to another country, they obeyed. They all started out being righteous and obedient, then God spoke and they obeyed again.
We should ask ourselves why God’s Spirit isn’t as widely heard among His people today. Could it be that we are not living as devout followers of God? We so easily become consumed by the things of this world, even in this season of Advent we can get caught up in the trappings of the celebration and forget the One we are to be in celebration of. Learning to live obedient lives is important if we want to be useful to the Lord. Yes, He can work through those who are not living according to His will but how much more glory He can receive when we are living out His will. He created us, let us be willing vessels.
Making It Personal
Would God consider you a devout follower of His? Could the Lord be trying to tell you something that you are not listening for? How willing are you to obey whatever He calls you to?
Making It Personal Kids
What do you think it means to be a true follower of Jesus? Does Jesus want you to be that kind of follower? How can you be that kind of follower today?
Father, thank You for giving us this Christmas season to see ways You work through the unexpected, especially the sending of Your Son as a baby who would grow into the Savior we needed. Give us eyes to see You working in our lives and ears to hear Your guidance. In Jesus’ name, amen.