Reading: Matthew 2:19-23 (NKJV)
v.21 Then he arose, took the young Child and His mother, and came into the land of Israel
Jesus was born in in a manger in Bethlehem. The wise men from the East was guided by the Lord to see the Baby Jesus. As the wise men carefully listened to the leading of the Lord God, they left the country through another road. God knew the wicked plans of King Herod.
v.16 Then Herod, when he saw that he was deceived by the wise men was exceedingly angry; and he sent forth, and put to death all the male children who were in Bethlehem, and all its districts, from two years old and under…
However, the Lord guided Joseph and Mary already before the horrible killings of children happened. An angel of the Lord spoke to Joseph in his dream again.
v.13 “Arise, take young child and His mother, flee to Egypt…”
And Joseph carefully obeyed the leading of the Lord through the words of the angel in his dream. Joseph did not doubt, and he did not dilly dally. Joseph realized that his obedience was a matter of life and death for his family.
v.14 when he arose, he took the young child and His mother by night and departed for Egypt.
Joseph, Mary and their child Jesus stayed in Egypt until the Lord guided them again through an angel. The angel spoke to Joseph that Herod was dead, and he instructed Joseph to take his wife and child back to Israel.
v.21 Then he arose and took the young Child and His mother, and came to the land of Israel.
The Lord guided Joseph and Mary throughout, since Mary’s delivery of the baby, until the baby grew up. Since Mary’s obedience to God’s call and will, God protected her, kept and guided her, including her husband and baby. Joseph also was obedient to the leading of the Lord, thus the family was protected.
We could trust a faithful and True God, as we obey Him. He will guide and protect us.
Prayer: Dear Lord help me and my family be sensitive to Your leading and guidance. Holy Spirit please help us to carefully obey Your leading in our lives .