Monday, June 11, 2012

Jesus' Exodus From Egypt: Hosea's Words Fulfilled - Matthew 2:15 Bible Commentary

Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, "Rise, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you, for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him." And he rose and took the child and his mother by night and departed to Egypt and remained there until the death of Herod. This was to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet, "Out of Egypt I called my son." (Matthew 2:13-15)
As he does many times in his gospel, Matthew quotes an Old Testament prophecy about Christ, this time from Hosea:
When Israel was a child, I loved him,
and out of Egypt I called my son.
(Hosea 11:1)
Just as God had brought Israel out of Egypt by His power so many years ago, so too would He bring the Christ back out of Egypt.

By including part of this quote from Hosea 11:1, Matthew wants us to see that all of the Old Testament points to Christ. Indeed, one of the greatest events in Israel's history, the Exodus, points to the Christ— for 1500 years after that famous First Exodus, Christ had an Exodus of His own.

Indeed, all believers have experienced an exodus. If you are a child of God, you have been called out of Pharaoh's regime. You are no longer enslaved to Satan! You are no longer entrapped by sin, uselessly spending your days beating together brick and mortar, driven along by an unforgiving taskmaster. You are now redeemed and forgiven! Praise Him this day, and every day, for calling you out of the land of darkness and into His heavenly, eternal kingdom!

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  1. AnonymousJuly 31, 2012

    Ancient Egyptian text and the Red Sea (Yam Suf) crossing by Israel! In this text two Egyptian “gods” do battle at the bottom of the sea! And the god Horus who represents Egypt, loses the battle while Seth, who represents the foreigners, escapes. But what of more interest is that it takes place right in front of the four place names of Exodus 14:2, which the Bible gives for the location of the Red Sea crossing by Moses! See website =