…so the priestly men headed back to their homeland of Persia, leaving Josh with his mom & dad in Bethlehem. Does that worry you? (If you recall, from the last post King Herod was up to his nasty shenanigans… so it should!)
But, remember, Josh was (uh… IS) a big deal. And his true father totally had Josh’s back. Don’t forget, God knew how to bend the ear of Josh’s earthly dad, Joseph. (like back when the angel told him that Mary wasn’t a cheater…) So, God hit Joseph up in a dream again.
The Angel 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.”
Totally on point, by the way. Because as mentioned in the prior post, Herod DID try to kill Josh. But Josh and his small family had already fled to Egypt. And stayed there safe and sound for many years…
Do me a favor. Take a breath. Sit back and slowly release it. Allow yourself some time with this historical account. It really is quite incredible.
Prophecies being fulfilled. Men traveling thousands of miles to honor this newly born king. Angels talking to people. A crazy king slaughtering an entire town of babies… not to mention a pregnant virgin.
If you’re having a hard time wrapping your brain around this account, you’re not alone. At one time, I did too!
Because… IF it was all true, I would’ve had to believe that:
God talks to US (people) through prophets and angels.
Josh is a truly unique being.
Josh was sent to this earth by God.
God had this event planned since time on earth began.
Although I know what I’ve uncovered, I can’t decide for you if you believe Josh’s story. I can tell you there have been many scholars who have tried to disprove Josh’s story, but rather than debunking the myth, they became believers. (Here’s a website that summarize a few of these scholars.)
I can also tell you the old info highway is littered with nuggets leading to Josh.
Therefore, if you’re feeling skeptical, I’d really encourage you to do your own investigation! What you find might really surprise you.
Today’s verses can be found here: Matthew 2:13-18
(P.S. Here are a few really good books I recommend)