Out of Egypt

When Mary and Joseph returned with  baby Jesus  from Egypt to live in Nazareth they must have recalled Israel leaving Egypt, the most significant event in Jewish history. The Exodus was a redemptive flight from slavery to freedom, from a totalitarian regime to nationhood.

Isaiah prophesied that God’s future plans did not envisage Israel out of Egypt but God Himself in Egypt. Egypt would, in poetic terms, speak the language of Canaan and swear allegiance to God. There would be an altar to God in the heart of Egypt. When the Egyptians would cry out to God, He would send them a Saviour and Defender, and He would rescue them. As God made Himself known to the Egyptians, they would worship and make vows to Him. “In that day Israel will be the third, along with Egypt and Assyria, a blessing on the earth. The Lord Almighty will bless them, saying, Blessed be Egypt my people, Assyria my handiwork, and Israel my inheritance.”  To Jewish listeners, this appeared totally impossible, something wholly contradictory. Only with the coming of a Messiah could this come true.

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