14 So he got up, took the child and his mother during the night and left for Egypt, 15 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 2:14-15)
I suppose the least likely place Herod would expect to find Mary, Joseph, and Jesus would be Egypt. I think that it’s very likely that the exodus story, where the Israelites had to flee from Egypt, was commonly told. It’s part of their history.
Therefore, I imagine that it would have taken a lot of trust for them to feel able to obey the angel’s instructions. After all they were being told to go somewhere where countless others had had to leave for their own safety. Now, they were heading to that place as a place of safety. The term ‘God works in mysterious ways’ comes to mind! I think I would have been quite nervous to leave Israel and venture into Egypt. I wonder how they felt about it.
I wonder how easy it was to move from one country to another. It would be rather difficult today, wouldn’t it?
However, there’s more than just the practicalities, thoughts, and feelings that I’m keen to explore. I find the prophecy links fascinating. The words of prophecy mentioned in verse 15, are echoed from the words of the prophet Hosea (Hosea 11:1). But, how important is it for us to know this information? I’m sure that that could be argued either way. Whether it’s important, useful, or necessary doesn’t much matter. However, I think it’s nice that threads of prophecy are linked together for us, so that we know what has been fulfilled and what hasn’t. It means that we can follow the thread back and find out more about a particular prophecy. I like it when the authors quote from other parts of Scripture. Do you?