What Jesus Did! 'Divine Partnership' — Matthew 2:19-23

Monday, January 16, 2017

After Herod died, an angel of the Lord came to Joseph in a dream. This happened while Joseph was in Egypt. The angel said, "Get up! Take the baby and his mother and go to Israel. The people that were trying to kill the baby are now dead." So Joseph took the baby and the baby's mother and went to Israel. But Joseph heard that Archelaus was now king in Judea. Archelaus became king when his father Herod died. So Joseph was afraid to go there. Joseph was warned in a dream. So Joseph left there and went to the area of Galilee. Joseph went to a town called Nazareth and lived there. And so the thing happened that God said through the prophets. God said that {the Christ} would be called a Nazarene.
— Matthew 2:19-23
Illustration of Matthew 2:19-23 — "Get up! Take the baby and his mother and go to Israel. The people that were trying to kill the baby are now dead."

Key Thought

In this passage, we see Joseph caught in a wonderful and mysterious dance with God. God revealed his protective guidance in dreams, through angels, and in visions. Joseph, however, still had to discern the meaning of God's help and had to choose to obey his direction. So often we want everything spelled out, "just like they did in the Bible." We forget that Joseph and Mary were living a mystery that was too big to wrap their minds around; at times it was frightening and at other times it was just bewildering. The human guidance, advice, and training they received to prepare them for what lay ahead of them are remarkably similar to our own—little or none. This, of course, made them rely more on God each day for his direction and protection. Interestingly, after the initial burst of divine revelation, Joseph and Mary appear to have been faced with the same kind of child raising issues that most of us face, with one exception: they were raising God's Messiah. They had to rely on God to lead them through this mystery. So must we!

Today's Prayer

Ever-present Father, I am comforted to see your protection of your Son when he was so vulnerable. I am thankful that there is never a place or time that your presence is not with him. Please inspire my confidence in your presence in my life, too. I long for you to make yourself known in my life each day as I seek to live for you. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Today's Verses in Context

After the wise men left, an angel of the Lord came to Joseph in a dream. The angel said, "Get up! Take the baby and his mother and escape to Egypt. Herod will start looking for the baby. Herod wants to kill him. So stay in Egypt until I tell you {it is safe}." So Joseph got up and left for Egypt with the baby and the baby's mother. They left during the night. Joseph stayed in Egypt until Herod died. This happened to make clear the full meaning of what the Lord said through the prophet. The Lord said, "I called my son to come out of Egypt." Herod saw that the wise men had fooled him. Herod was very, very angry. So Herod gave an order to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and in all the area around Bethlehem. Herod had learned from the wise men the time {the baby was born}. It was now two years from that time. So Herod said to kill all the boys that were two years old and younger. So the thing God said through the prophet Jeremiah happened: "A sound was heard in Ramah. It was bitter crying and much sadness. Rachel cries for her children; and she cannot be comforted, because her children are dead." After Herod died, an angel of the Lord came to Joseph in a dream. This happened while Joseph was in Egypt. The angel said, "Get up! Take the baby and his mother and go to Israel. The people that were trying to kill the baby are now dead." So Joseph took the baby and the baby's mother and went to Israel. But Joseph heard that Archelaus was now king in Judea. Archelaus became king when his father Herod died. So Joseph was afraid to go there. Joseph was warned in a dream. So Joseph left there and went to the area of Galilee. Joseph went to a town called Nazareth and lived there. And so the thing happened that God said through the prophets. God said that {the Christ} would be called a Nazarene.

Matthew 2:13-23

Related Scripture Readings

My son, don't forget my teaching. Remember the things I tell you to do. The things I teach you will give you a longer, happier, and more peaceful life. Never stop loving. Always be loyal and true. {Make these things a part of yourself}—tie them around your neck and write them on your heart. Then you will be wise and pleasing to God and people! Trust the Lord completely! Don't depend on your own knowledge. Think about God in all that you do. Then he will help you.

Proverbs 3:1-6

This message is from the Lord, "The time is coming," "when I will raise up a good 'sprout.' He will be a king who will rule in a wise way. He will do what is fair and right in the land. In the time of that good 'sprout,' the people of Judah will be saved. And Israel will live in safety. This will be his name: The Lord is our Goodness.

Jeremiah 23:5-6

God, you don't like evil {people near you}. Evil people can't worship you. Fools can't come near you. You hate people who do evil. You destroy people who tell lies. You hate people who make secret plans to hurt other people.

Psalm 5:4-6

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What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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