Matthew 2:14-15 NIV 2011
So he got up, took the child and his mother during the night and left for Egypt, where he stayed until the death of Herod. And so was fulfilled what the Lord had said through the prophet: “Out of Egypt I called my son.”
Jesus’ birth account in Matthew differs from other Gospel writers. A tax collector, Matthew was interested in facts with figures that added to the bottom line. He presented Jesus as the Jewish Messiah of Old Testament prophecy. He quoted the prophet Hosea for validity. Matthew used more Old Testament references and illustrations than any other New Testament author. God’s angel spoke to Joseph. He gathered his family and moved to Egypt. Jesus Christ fulfilled Old Testament prophecy and arrived at God’s appointed time.
Joseph in answer to God’s call, moved to Egypt. They returned and settled in Nazareth. Joseph listened to God’s call. On an airplane today, I witnessed a captain answer to a higher call. Airlines run on government time sensitive deadlines. A minute late departure is a delay. A daughter was crying at the back of the plane on the phone with her mom. The flight attendant spoke with the captain. Our pilot chose to do the right thing: he opened the boarding door to the mother who’d been at the wrong gate. We departed and we arrived at our appointed time.
How will we obediently share God’s Truth at God’s appointed time?
Appointed time spent daily with God,