DAY 4 - NOVEMBER 29th, 2018

Never Fear; Only Trust and Obey

Mark Van Horn

So Joseph got up and took the Child and His mother while it was still night, and left for Egypt. He remained there until the death of Herod. This was to fulfill what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet: “Out of Egypt I called My Son.”
— Matthew 2:14-15

I am amazed at the faith of Joseph – faith that allowed him not only to obey but to obey quickly.

While it was still night, he got up and left for Egypt with Mary and Jesus. A trip to Egypt in Joseph’s day was nothing like a trip to Egypt today. Without smartphone apps to make reservations for hotels, or to check the weather and traffic, there were many variables Joseph had to trust would just work out. 

It hadn’t been long since Joseph’s faith was stretched by taking a pregnant Mary as his wife. He allowed neither his ego nor his fears to keep him from obeying what the Lord told him to do. The visit from the wise men boosted Mary and Joseph’s faith and gave Joseph an opportunity to regain some pride.

Shortly afterward he was told to depart for Egypt. Joseph and Mary spent four or five years in Egypt before they were instructed to return, fulfilling the prophecy from Hosea, “Out of Egypt I called My Son.” By then Herod was dead, but one of his sons was on the throne – and he was worse than his father. It was unclear how returning would fulfill prophecy, but their obedience was motivated by their faith.

While Joseph and Mary held Jesus in their arms, they were still very much waiting for the Messiah. While Jesus was fully God, He was also fully human when they left for Egypt – a baby human at that! They still had to wait for the promise of the Messiah to be fulfilled.

The promise of Jesus extends beyond His birth. We are still waiting for Him to return, to change us, and to make Himself known to the whole world. 

Question to Consider:

Is your faith strong enough to obey the call into, and back out, of Egypt?

AdventJocie Morganadvent, 2018