Join me as I take a walk through the pages of Matthew, Mark, Luke, & John, (aka the “Gospels”) in a Chronological Order and try to grow closer to, and learn more about Jesus. Feel free to go back and read the INTRO ABOUT THIS SERIES to understand where all this came from for me.
Today’s episode follows up DIRECTLY after what took place in my last post – The “Original Wise Guys” got out of dodge after a visit with the little boy Jesus and his family. Now it was time for the family to get to steppin’ as well. Good ole king Herod had some serious & sadistic scheming going on and there was no time to wait around. Matthew 2:13-23 sheds some light on God’s continued provision for the safety of His Son!
After the wise men dipped outta dodge God sent another message and told Joseph and Mary to take Jesus to Egypt cause Herod was after the baby to kill Him, because Herod was feeling threatened thinking this Jesus was going to be an earthly king. This part of the story, while looking like Herod was imposing his own will – was actually used to fulfill some more prophecy from way back – that Jesus would be called out of Egypt – it can be found in Hosea 11:1. So Mary & Joseph would have been singing like the “PROCLAIMERS” – but instead of 500 miles I guess it was more like 350 miles from Bethlehem to Egypt and then later from Egypt to Nazareth would have been about 400 miles, but close enough!
When Herod finally got word that the Magi had not come back by to tell him where the boy Jesus was, he got extremely ticked. He then sent out a order to kill all the baby boys 2 years old and under (he figured all that upon the time frames the Magi had explained to him on their first visit). He TRULY wanted to make sure he got rid of this eventual king (little did he know that Mary & Joseph were already headed to Egypt). I cannot even IMAGINE the horrific nature of what took place as those soldiers went through the city destroying families by killing their baby boys. What an unbelievable scene. But it was one that had been prophesied about many years before – which can be found in Jeremiah 31:15.
These were definitely not good times for the Jewish people, but God’s provision for His Son would allow for the eventual SAVING of all people everywhere, sadly though many could not see this as they were looking for an earthly king instead.
Eventually, horrible king Herod would die and once again God would come to Joseph in a dream and tell him to take his family back home. This time they headed for Nazareth (partly due to fear of the next ruler after Herod) in the region of Galilee – and once again this brought about completion of another prophecy that Jesus would be called a Nazarene.