A Child Coming Out Of Egypt
The Old Testament Messianic prophecies include prophecies foretelling the geographic habitation of the Messiah. For today’s devotion will be looking at the promise that the Messiah would come out of the land of Egypt.
1) When Israel [was] a child, then I loved him, and called my son out of Egypt.
2) [As] they called them, so they went from them: they sacrificed unto Baalim, and burned incense to graven images.
3) I taught Ephraim also to go, taking them by their arms; but they knew not that I healed them.
4) I drew them with cords of a man, with bands of love: and I was to them as they that take off the yoke on their jaws, and I laid meat unto them.
4) He hath said, which heard the words of God, which saw the vision of the Almighty, falling [into a trance], but having his eyes open:
5) How goodly are thy tents, O Jacob, [and] thy tabernacles, O Israel!
6) As the valleys are they spread forth, as gardens by the river's side, as the trees of lign aloes which the LORD hath planted, [and] as cedar trees beside the waters.
7) He shall pour the water out of his buckets, and his seed [shall be] in many waters, and his king shall be higher than Agag, and his kingdom shall be exalted.
8) God brought him forth out of Egypt; he hath as it were the strength of an unicorn: he shall eat up the nations his enemies, and shall break their bones, and pierce [them] through with his arrows.
9) He couched, he lay down as a lion, and as a great lion: who shall stir him up? Blessed [is] he that blesseth thee, and cursed [is] he that curseth thee.
13) And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him.
14) When he arose, he took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt:
15) And was there until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt have I called my son…
19) But when Herod was dead, behold, an angel of the Lord appeareth in a dream to Joseph in Egypt,
20) Saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and go into the land of Israel: for they are dead which sought the young child's life.
21) And he arose, and took the young child and his mother, and came into the land of Israel.
We have already seen that the Messiah was said to be called a “Nazarene” (part #6). This prophecy was fulfilled by Jesus as He lived His boyhood life in the city of Nazareth. In today’s study we will be seeing that the Messiah is said to be “called… out of Egypt”. What does this mean? How does this harmonize with His boyhood home of Nazareth? We will see that this seeming contradiction is actually another piece of evidence that Jesus is the Messiah promised to come in the Old Testament Scriptures.
In this section of Scripture, we find that Hosea reminds the Jews of God’s great love for them, which was proven by their deliverance from their Egyptian captivity by Jehovah… “When Israel [was] a child, then I loved him, and called my son out of Egypt.” This prophecy then continues with mentions of other acts of His love for Israel. He is explaining that, in spite of the Lord’s great demonstrations of love for the nation of Israel, they still chose to disobey and reject His worship and service.
How is this prophetic of the coming of the Messiah? Certainly, there seems to be no evidence in the immediate context that this speaks of the Messiah. However, as we will see below, the New Testament clearly points to Hos 1:1 as a prophecy that applies to the Messiah in Matt 2:13-21.
In this prophecy delivered by Baalim, we find a PROBABLE dual fulfillment. King Saul and the physical nation of Israel is described here. But this time in Israel’s history is a faint picture of events surrounding the coming, life, and Kingly ministry of the Messiah. In this prophecy, we are given several interesting points about Jehovah’s “seed”, which is also described as His “king”…
He shall pour the water out of his buckets, - The Lord’s great blessings poured upon His people with the coming of this His “seed” ( “king”) .
and his seed [shall be] in many waters, - The blessings brought by His “seed” would flow into all the nations of the world.
and his king shall be higher than Agag, and his kingdom shall be exalted – At this time in history Agag of the Amalekites was the most powerful king in existence. Jehovah’s “king” would be greater and His kingdom would be placed above all others.
God brought him forth out of Egypt; The Messiah would come out of Egypt
he hath as it were the strength of an unicorn: he shall eat up the nations his enemies, and shall break their bones, and pierce [them] through with his arrows. The Messiah would be absolutely victorious over all His enemies
He couched, he lay down as a lion, and as a great lion: who shall stir him up? The Messiah’s Kingly authority, strength and sovereignty over all
Blessed [is] he that blesseth thee, and cursed [is] he that curseth thee. The Messiah would be a source of all blessings to those who come to Him in saving faith and a source of judgment to those who reject His ministry.
We certainly can see where ALL the various aspects of this prophecy easily apply to the Messiah and His rule over all mankind.
In Matt 2:13-21, we find the entrance into, and exit out of, Egypt by Jesus during His infancy. This took place prior to His boyhood in Nazareth. “…When he arose, he took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt: And was there until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt have I called my son… But when Herod was dead, behold, an angel of the Lord appeareth in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, Saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and go into the land of Israel: for they are dead which sought the young child's life…”
Please note that the prophecy found in Hosea 11: is quoted word for word in this text. It is being pointed to as a prophecy of the Messiah’s departure from Egypt.
What a blessing it is to learn that two seeming contradictory prophecies about the home of the Messiah can be clearly seen to be harmonized and fulfilled in the life of Jesus. Prior to Jesus’ boyhood in Nazareth, as an infant, He lived in Egypt and was brought out due to a call of God issued through an angel of the Lord. These two historical facts result in the fulfilling, and harmonizing, of the two separate prophecies concerning the Messiah’s habitations during His early life on earth .
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