Here we are 17 days into the new year, and if you’re like me, after Christmas I jump quickly from the story of Baby Jesus to Jesus as an adult. However, this year I noticed there were some significant life-altering moments for the whole family before Jesus began His ministry, and I cannot imagine they would have been easy.
The Bible tells us after Jesus was born, the Magi didn’t return to King Herod as commanded. So, as retribution, Herod sent out an order that all boys in Bethlehem, two years old and under, were to be murdered (Matthew 2:16). What he didn’t know was that an angel had already warned Joseph of this danger, and instructed him to leave Bethlehem and take his family to Egypt. Joseph took a big step and obeyed, and they lived in Egypt until Herod dies.
Matthew 2:19-22 tells us, “But when Herod died, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, and said, ‘Get up, take the Child and His mother, and go into the land of Israel; for those who sought the Child’s life are dead.’ So Joseph got up, took the Child and His mother, and came into the land of Israel. But when he heard that Archelaus was reigning over Judea in place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there.”
Joseph should be awarded the BIGGEST obedience trophy ever!
Not only for following God’s instructions when it came to Mary but after the baby was born, he picks up everything and moves his family to a foreign land for 9 or 10 years. Once it seems they could breathe a sigh of relief and head home after Herod died, he was told that moving back to their home would put his family in danger. So, they never returned to the home they once knew, the home he probably built by hand, and I’m sure, the one he imagined he and his family would grow old in. They were unable to return to their family and friends, or even his carpentry business. Starting over (again) would be crazy hard, and such a challenge of faith, but Joseph took the bold step and moved his family once again as directed by God.
I have to say, angel visit or not; if I were in Joseph’s sandals, I would be pretty upset.
It’s intriguing that when both Matthew and Luke document the story of Joseph and Mary, there is never any mention of suffering or struggle during any of it. So many other places the Bible does not hesitate to document hardship when it existed. So why are both writers silent about this? I think it was intentional. Was there hardship? Sure! Was there frustration? You bet! But, we can be assured that God provided for them and His Son every step of the way. Just like He promises to provide for and protect those of us He calls sons and daughters. That’s right. We can also be called the sons and daughters of the most high God!
Take a look at these Scriptures.
Galatians 3:26 “For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.”
2 Corinthians 6:18 “’And I will be a father to you, And you shall be sons and daughters to Me,” says the Lord Almighty.”
Romans 8:14 “For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are the sons of God.”
Galatians 4:7 “Therefore you are no longer a slave, but a son; and if a son, then an heir through God.”
John 1:12 “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name.”
How BIG would 2020 look if I believed and took ahold of the truth that God would take care of me and provide for me? How BOLD would I be if I lived from my rightful place as a son of God?
How BIG and BOLD would you live this year if you chose to truly live out your heritage as a son or daughter of God?
Want more to think on? For more interesting facts about the journey of Mary and Joseph, check out this site:
Journeys of Mary and Joseph Map
Be Bold! In His Service and at yours, ~Shawn