Joyous birth–plots to murder!
Scripture reading for July 19th: 1st Kings 22, 2nd Chronicles 18, Matthew 2
Matthew 2: 13-15 “Now when they had departed, behold an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Rise, take the Child and his mother to Egypt, and remain there util I tell you, for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy Him.” And he rose and took the child and his mother by night and departed to Egypt and remained there until the death of Herod. This was to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet, “Out of Egypt I called My Son.”
God’s amazing plans to send His Son to earth as a human being in order to save His people don’t always appear to run smoothly. In the first few months after his birth, wise men from the East come seeking the Child, lead by a star. They stop and visit with Herod, king of Judea on their way to find this Child King. Herod appears interested but is really threatened and plotting murder. God intervenes by speaking to the wise men to go home another way. He then instructs Joseph to take the Child and His mother Mary to Egypt until the murderous threats are removed. God’s plan is always done God’s way and is not always without intrigue and fulfilment of prior prophetic words. God’s Word never fails! Jesus never fails!
Matthew 2:19-20 “But when Herod died, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, saying, “Rise, take the Child and His mother and go to the land of Israel, for those who sought the Child’s life are dead.””
Prayer: Father God, thank You for Your amazing plans, spoken by the prophets of old and written down for us to build our faith in Your faithfulness. Thank You for recording the trials and plots surrounding Your Son, giving us insight into the spiritual warfare that is around us daily. Tune my ear to listen to Your instructions and follow You closely as You work out Your plan for my life.
2nd Chronicles 18:25-27 “And the king of Israel said, “Seize Micaiah and take him back to Amon the governor of the city and to Joash the king’s son, and say, ‘Thus says the king, put this fellow in prison and feed him with meager rations of bread and water until I return in peace.’ And Micaiah said, “If you return in peace, the Lord has not spoken by me.” And he said, “Hear all you people.””