Escape to Egypt!

Monday, May 9, 2016

And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him. When he arose, he took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt: And was there until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt have I called my son (Matthew 2:13-15 KJV).

How did Mary and Joseph afford this trip to Egypt?

Mary and Joseph, Jesus’ earthly guardians, were ordinary people. Joseph was a simple carpenter (cf. Matthew 13:55). He and Mary had little money—they had brought the poor man’s offering in Luke 2:23-24. Yet, when Jesus was as much as two years old, King Herod wanted to kill his young “competitor” (today’s Scripture). God, having complete knowledge of the situation, sent an angel to instruct Joseph to take Mary and Jesus and flee to Egypt. This was quite a long journey. It would be very expensive. And yet, the Bible says that Joseph and Mary did it, staying in Egypt until Herod had died. How did they do it?

Note verse 11, just before today’s Scripture: “And when they [the wise men] were come into the house [in Nazareth], they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.” This is the key to understanding how Joseph, Mary, and Jesus were able to take that costly trip into Egypt.

We must never forget that God always gives His people what they need to accomplish His work. Just a short time before young Jesus had to flee to Egypt, some believing Gentiles, the Magi (wise men), had brought gifts to Him—gold, frankincense, and myrrh. The wise men had no idea of just how important their gifts would be. God used that gold to fund Jesus’ escape to Egypt!

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