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13 When the magi had departed, an angel from the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Get up. Take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod will soon search for the child in order to kill him.” 14 Joseph got up and, during the night, took the child and his mother to Egypt. 15 He stayed there until Herod died. This fulfilled what the Lord had spoken through the prophet: I have called my son out of Egypt [Hosea 11:1].
16 When Herod knew the magi had fooled him, he grew very angry. He sent soldiers to kill all the children in Bethlehem and in all the surrounding territory who were two years old and younger, according to the time that he had learned from the magi. 17 This fulfilled the word spoken through Jeremiah the prophet:
18 A voice was heard in Ramah,
weeping and much grieving.
Rachel weeping for her children,
and she did not want to be comforted,
because they were no more [Jeremiah 31:15].
19 After King Herod died, an angel from the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt. 20 “Get up,” the angel said, “and take the child and his mother and go to the land of Israel. Those who were trying to kill the child are dead.” 21 Joseph got up, took the child and his mother, and went to the land of Israel. 22 But when he heard that Archelaus ruled over Judea in place of his father Herod, Joseph was afraid to go there. Having been warned in a dream, he went to the area of Galilee. 23 He settled in a city called Nazareth so that what was spoken through the prophets might be fulfilled: He will be called a Nazarene.
We wish you a happy, physically and spiritually healthy 2022! Unlike the impression many Christmas pageants give, Joseph did a lot more than stand by the manger while shepherds worshipped baby Jesus. Matthew said God used Joseph’s attentive obedience to keep Mary and baby Jesus safe from King Herod’s dangerous paranoia. In Jesus’ day, Alexandria, Egypt’s population was probably about one-third Jewish. There were also other Jewish communities in Egypt. This made Egypt a safer refuge for Joseph, Mary and Jesus than it might be today. Bethlehem, Joseph’s hometown and Jesus’ birthplace, was near Jerusalem. Even worse, Herod’s fortress/palace, the Herodium, literally towered right over Bethlehem (click here to see the remains of the Herodium.) Nazareth, an obscure hill village far to the north of Israel, was much safer. There Jesus “matured in wisdom and years, and in favor with God and with people” (Luke 2:52).
Loving Lord, help me know how to mix wisdom and compassion in welcoming strangers in your name. As you grew and matured, help me respond to your call to grow and mature in this new year. Amen.
Welcome, all, to 2022! 22 years after Y2K! Can you believe it?
I remember the fear that was present twenty-two years ago with the possibilities of what could go wrong when computers flipped over to the year 2000! What would we do?
Today we are living in a more fearful world. We are living in a time of spiritual warfare. We must move forward with some amount of risk. Having faith is risky because it means believing in things we cannot see!
We learn from Tokunboh Adeyemo that “Jesus was a refugee on African soil. God was not ashamed to let his son become a refugee.” * Often, we can be hesitant to reach out and help others because we are not familiar with their struggle. Adeyemo reminds us that the Bible is full of characters like Abraham, Moses, and Jacob who knew what it meant to be refugees. Abraham is the epitome of faith! Abraham was risky with stepping out and embodying faith! Jesus was risky in seeking out the lost and marginalized.
Let us remember that God is not afraid of taking risks. He entrusted a teenager with his son. God showed faith! Our God takes risks with us each day. God came in the flesh; suffered and died so that we might live free. It’s the most magnificent gift for anyone to receive. We are living in unusual times where we want to hunker down and stay isolated. I encourage you to step boldly into your faith, get outside of our comfort zone and reflect on the ways you can step more confidently into your faith in Christ!
* Tokunboh Adeyemo, Africa Bible Commentary (Nairobi, Kenya: WordAlive Publishers, 2006), p. 1138.
* Books like Dallas Willard’s Hearing God and Adam Hamilton’s Why? offer in-depth insights into that vital question.