After the scholars were gone, God's angel showed up again in
Joseph's dream and commanded, "Get up. Take the child and
his mother and flee to Egypt. Stay until further notice. Herod
is on the hunt for this child, and wants to kill him."
Joseph obeyed. He got up, took the child and his mother under
cover of darkness. They were out of town and well on their way
by daylight. They lived in Egypt until Herod's death. This Egyptian
exile fulfilled what Hosea had preached: "I called my son
out of Egypt."
Herod, when he realized that the scholars had tricked him, flew
into a rage. He commanded the murder of every little boy two
years old and under who lived in Bethlehem and is surrounding
hills. (He determined that age from information he'd gotten from
the scholars.) That's when Jeremiah's sermon was fulfilled:
"A sound was heard in Ramah,
and much lament.
Rachel weeping for her children,
refusing all solace,
Her children gone,
Later, when Herod died, God's angel appeared in a dream to Joseph
in Egypt: "Up, take the child and his mother and return
to Israel. All those out to murder the child are dead."
Joseph obeyed. He got up, took the child and his mothers, and
reentered Israel. When he heard, though, that Archelaus had succeeded
his father, Herod, as king in Judea, he was afraid to go there.
But then Joseph was directed in a dream to go to the hills of
Galilee. On arrival, he settled in the village of Nazareth. This
move was a fulfillment of the prophetic words, "He shall
be called a Nazarene."
<The Message >
There is probably a sure-fire connection between control and
rage. When we fear for our control, can rage be far behind. Is
there anything more threatening to our control than Emmanuel
(God with us)? Herod understood this connection. No wonder "Rachel"
We have heard how it was that the angels guided Joseph into and
out of Egypt. We have all had experiences of being guided through
a tough time. I trust this is one of your prayers upon retiring:
"Angel, God's angel, guide my dreams for I follow my dream"
-- and upon awakening: "Angel, God's angel, help me remember
my dreams that I might follow my dream."
So some are destroyed by someone else's rage and some are rescued
through someone else's dream. Where do you see yourself -- destroyed
or rescued? Where do see others who have to deal with you --
destroyed or rescued?
At the turn of the year, as you prepare to make your resolution
(your repentance) what will you do about your destruction/rescue
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