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“Now when they had gone, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Get up! Take the Child and His mother and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you; for Herod is going to search for the Child to destroy Him.” 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.”
God has made many promises in His Word to His people. The question is asked many times, how can I know that I can trust the promises of God? This is a fair question, we cannot physically see God or understand His thought process, so how do I know I can trust Him? The answer is in the already completed promises of God.
In this passage we find the prophecy of Hosea, a prophet to the Northern Kingdom of Israel around 750 BC (That means 750 years BEFORE Christ). He tells the people that the Messiah will be called out of Egypt, how can this be true? The Messiah is supposed to be a Jew, born in Bethlehem, called to the people Israel. So how, and why, would the Messiah be called out of Egypt? This is the beauty of God’s promise, He knew what would happen and used that to further prove His Son as the Messiah.
We find in the midst of this passage, Matthew 2:13-18, Herod finds out he has been tricked by the wise men and can’t find the one born, “The King of the Jews.” So Herod sends out a killing spree to ensure he can keep his throne. So God protects His Son, sending this new family to Egypt. In Egypt they were out of reach of Herod and his desires. Then, when Herod had passed, God calls Joseph to bring His family out of Egypt.
We may not always understand the promises of God. We may not understand what God is doing in the midst of our lives or how it is of importance. We must learn to trust in God, both in the promises of old and in the here and now. Knowing that God will keep His promises is pertinent to our Faith, without the promises of God we would not know where to go. Let us learn to lean into the promises of God, knowing that He is not only a promise keeper, but a promise fulfiller!