A very important message to the Body of Christ from HIS apostle.
So, all the leaders and King Herod who sought to have Jesus killed were dead. See Matthew chapter 2, verses 19 and 20.
Verse 19 – Now King Herod was dead
Verse 20 – The angel of the LORD spoke to Joseph, who was in Egypt with his family, and told him, “… those who sought the young child’s life are dead….”
Recall, at Matthew chapter 2, verse 13, an angel of the LORD appeared to Joseph, Jesus’ father, in a dream and instructed Joseph to take his son, and his wife, Mary, and flee to Egypt. This was a divine instruction and protection GOD gave to Joseph that I discussed in my January 2 YouTube post – Divine Instruction, Provision, and Protection. To watch, click here.
Within the divine instructions that the angel of the LORD gave to Joseph, there was an additional set of directions. The angel of the LORD also said to Joseph, “… stay there (in Egypt) until I bring you word…” (Matthew 2:13). Therefore, it was extremely important that Joseph remain in Egypt until he heard from the angel of the LORD once again.
what lesson can Joseph’s situation teach us today
There is a great lesson in Joseph’s story for us today. As we observe our surroundings today, everywhere we turn, the world around us is becoming extremely corrupted and dark. Matthew 24:12 explains it this way.
We see the above becoming a reality, as we consider the increase in lawlessness when a state or region has reached its fullness in corruption and evil, as we have noticed in such states as California and New York City. When the laws of the land no longer benefit nor help to improve the lives of their citizens, the heads of households must contemplate whether to stay or relocate his or her family to another region. We don’t want to overlook the factor that Joseph found himself in a similar situation concerning the welfare of his family. He had to choose to stay, to go, and if he goes, when and where.
Decisions like these should not be made without the divine direction of GOD. This is so important. Why? Remember the case of Elimelech’s family who was dwelling in the land of Bethlehem, Judah. A famine came and struck the entire land. So, without consulting thy LORD thy GOD, Elimelech decides to flee from his region and relocate his family to the region of Moab, in hopes of finding better resources and provisions for his family there (Ruth 1:1-2). What became of Elimelech’s family’s fate due to his untimely decision? Ruth chapter 1, verses 3, 5, 13, 20, and 21 explains.
We see in these verses what can happen to a family’s livelihood when the heads of a household do not wait on the divine instructions from the LORD. Elimelech did not wait for directions from GOD concerning how best to deal with the famine that was in his land. Instead, he took it upon himself to relocate his family to a land that seemed to him to be more prosperous. The results?
Now, let’s compare Elimelech’s family’s outcome to Isaac’s. In Genesis chapter 26, we see a famine struck the land in which Isaac, the son of Abraham, was residing. Isaac was faced with the same circumstances as Elimelech – to go or to stay and if he went, where. But noticed an angel interfered in the plans of Isaac and provided him divine instructions. “Do not go down to Egypt; live in the land of which I shall tell you. Dwell in this land, and I will be with you and bless you…” (Genesis 26:2-3).
Did you see that? Don’t miss what just took place! GOD provided Isaac with divine instructions that came with divine protection, which led to divine provisions for him if he followed the divine plans of the LORD for his life. As a result, Isaac decides to stay in the land.
Now, despite there being a famine in the land, noticed how GOD kept HIS promise to Isaac. Starting with verse 12 to verse 14.
Isaac and his family prosper during a time of famine because Isaac, as the head of his household, chose to follow the divine plans of the LORD. Therefore, Isaac and his family did not suffer the same fate as Elimelech and his family.
This is a lesson we need to take to heart today as servants of the Most High GOD.
how did it end for joseph
So, let’s now turn our attention back to Joseph's situation. As we recall, the men who sought to have Jesus killed were all dead (Matthew 2:19-20). So, the same angel of the LORD who divinely instructed Joseph in a dream to relocate to Egypt from Bethlehem returns to Joseph in another dream with new divine instructions. He instructs Joseph to take his family and move to the land of Israel (verse 20). As Joseph contemplates the angel’s instructions, Joseph is aware of the problems that occurred in Judea.
Joseph was aware of such atrocities that occurred under Archelaus’ rulership. So as he contemplated the angel of the LORD’s instructions to relocate his family to Israel. He knew if he moved his family to Judea, and if Archelaus became aware of Jesus as the next king of the Jews, whom his father, Herod I, was unsuccessful in killing, it might put Jesus’ life at risk. So he decided instead of going to Judea to relocate his family to the region of Galilee and establish his family in Nazarene. This act by Joseph kept him and his family aligned with GOD’s divine plans for him and his family. Furthermore, Joseph was able to fulfill the words spoken by GOD’s prophets years prior, in which they proclaimed that Jesus would be called a Nazarene (Matthew 2:23; compare to Isaiah 11:1; Zechariah 6:12).
our lesson today
The lesson we can learn from these events and the decisions made by Elimelech, Isaac, and Joseph concerning the welfare of their families is that it is important to look to GOD for all instructions and direction on behalf of our family before choosing to uproot our family from any region. For our divine protection and divine provisions (HIS blessings) will only be provided by GOD, IF we are in the divine place that GOD has called us.
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