Matthew – Day 7 – An Escape
lease begin by reading the Shema out loud and continue trying to memorize it.
“Hear, O Israel. The LORD is our God. The LORD alone. Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. Amen.”
In Day 6, we read how God protected the Magi by warning them in a dream not to return to Herod.
Read Matthew 2:13-15 (out loud). We find that God also needed to protect Joseph, Mary, and Jesus from Herod. God sent them to Egypt. This was not an after thought – or something that just came about at the last minute as a result of Herod’s paranoia. Again, this had been prophesied in the Jewish Bible. [This prophecy will be discussed when they are called out of Egypt.]
Read Matthew 2:16-18 (out loud). Can you imagine someone being so worried about their own power and so focused on themselves that they would order every boy two years old and younger to be murdered? Again, this had been foretold in the Jewish Bible.
Read Jeremiah 31:15 (out loud). Record this prophecy on your prophecy page.
Time passed and “Herod the Great” died. Just five days before his death, he killed another son, Antipater, whom he had named to be his heir. Herod also ordered important Jews from every part of the nation to appear in Jerusalem. When they arrived, he put them in prison, and left orders for them to be killed the moment he died. Herod knew that the Jews in the nation would be happy when he died, so he thought that he could make sure that people were sad upon his death if he killed people that were special to them.
Herod, king of the Jews, was very different from the other King presented in Matthew – Jesus. According to the Revell Bible Dictionary, “Herod dedicated his life to gaining power but found no peace. He gained not love but hatred and fear. Today, Herod is only a footnote in history, while Jesus, who gave life rather than took it, is known, loved, and worshiped.”
The trip to Egypt wasn’t a short trip.
Remember, they traveled by foot or by donkey. The escape from Herod was not easy – nor was it short – but it was required to save the Messiah from the horrible Herod the Great.
Herod died and Archelaus, one of his sons, was now ruling in Judea. Joseph and his family were still in Egypt when he had another dream. This time God tells Joseph that it is time to return to Israel with Mary and Jesus.
Read Matthew 2:19-21. Once again, Joseph is obedient to God’s instructions and once again it determined where they would live. God sent them home — to the district of Galilee – to Nazareth. This fulfilled two prophecies.
Read Hosea 11:1 (out loud). Although many years ago God had brought Israel out of Egypt, we are told that once again God would call his son out of Egypt. (Record this on your prophecy page.)
We are told that the second prophecy that was fulfilled was said “through the prophets,” but we do not know exactly where that prophecy was recorded. However, Matthew tells us that going to Nazareth “fulfilled what was said through the prophets, ‘He will be called a Nazarene.’” (Record this on your prophecy page.)
Revel Bible Dictionary