I am preparing for the celebration of Christmas this Advent through the Journey to Bethlehem, a free online Advent guide from Scripture Union USA. It is a 26 day journey ending on Christmas Day.
Day 18 of the Journey to Bethlehem is titled The Flight to Egypt.
When they had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. "Get up," he said, "take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him." So he got up, took the child and his mother during the night and left for Egypt, where he stayed until the death of Herod. And so was fulfilled what the Lord had said through the prophet: "Out of Egypt I called my son." (Matthew 2:13-15)The prophet Hosea quoting God said: "When Israel was a child, I loved him, and out of Egypt I called my son" (Hosea 11:1)
I love the eternal nature of God's words. We see this over and over again in the Scriptures. God is speaking words through Hosea that apply to more than one time period and ultimately to His eternal will of grace, mercy, and salvation for anyone who accepts it.
In Hosea 11:1 God is reminding his people Israel that He loved them and rescued them out of slavery in Eqypt. A specific event during a specific time period is referenced here, but God is also pointing forward in time to the coming Messiah who would be his Son, who He would love, and who would come out of Egypt. Jesus would come to lead all people out of slavery to sin and death into the loving family of God.
Thank you Lord that you are beyond any one time period, you are not restrained by linear time like we are, your words are eternal, you are eternal. Thank you!
P.S. Here is a link to the previous days of my Journey to Bethlehem.