The Flight To Egypt
“And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way. 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.”
Today’s Morsel: When we look through the lens of Christ’s life, we see that He, too, was taken into Egypt by His parents as commanded by the Lord, as Herod desired to kill Him. They were commanded to go there and to stay until God called them out. Egypt symbolizes the world. We all are birthed into this world, but Jesus never intended for us to stay there forever. It is only until He calls us out. So stop being comfortable in the world, He has called you out of it. Paul wrote that because of Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection, we are now called out of the world and we are to be separated unto Christ (2 Corinthians 6:17-18). Peter admonishes, “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.” (1 Peter 2:9-10) No matter who or where you are today, Jesus wants you to know that He is calling you out of the world. John admonishes, “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.” (1 John 2:15-17) Why did He tell us not the love the world? It is not your home. It is a temporary stay. The world only has power over you if you stay there. Come on out to a better place.
Sing: He set me free yes, He set me free. He broke the bars of prison for me. I’m glory bound my Jesus to see. Glory to God He set me free.
Thought For Today: The world only has power over you as long as you stay there. (Parker)