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,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.
and out of Egypt I called my son.
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!