Ruthe's Secret Rosesl
Escape to Egypt
Joseph's Travel-Agent Angel
The first angel incident in the New Testament is in Matthew (though in Luke we find the
annunciation to Mary, which happened earlier), where after the Wise men left the Holy family at
Bethlehem, an angel appeared to Joseph in a dream. The angel told him to rouse up the young child
and his mother, and to flee to Egypt.
Why? Because their wicked king Herod is starting a search and destroy mission.
What I find amazing here is that Joseph didn't hesitate and think, "I wonder if this really
from the Lord?"
Without a hint of debate, he woke Mary, explained, and they gathered a little bundle, the
holy Child, Jesus, and the newly presented gifts, and they were off.
What perfect timing that the expensive gifts of gold, myrrh and frankincense were given them
just hours before. God had provided for their journey!
It was urgent that they get as far away as possible before Herod's soldiers arrived to
slaughter all those baby boys in Bethlehem.
We may marvel that the Son of God would risk coming down as a helpless baby for our
salvation. Obviously, God is well able to direct human affairs, so that the infant Christ could be
kept safe and provided for.
Joseph had another angel visit in a dream while they were in Egypt. The message was that he
should take up the child and His mother, and return to Israel, for those that were trying to take
the child's life were dead.
This reveals several lessons for me and you;
1. to obey immediately when we get direction, whether from an angel or a dream, or God's Word,
2. to believe God will provide for whatever tasks or journey He gives us; and
3. to rest assured that God is looking out for us even when we are utterly helpless. We can trust
Him completely and sleep like a baby.
Surely, Jesus never had a restless thought cross His mind, and thoroughly enjoyed both
What if angels are guiding your caregivers and authority figures to keep you safe? Can you
trust your Heavenly Father to use them for your benefit - even if you don't understand certain moves
or travel plans your family has made?
If you are the Lord's, it is quite possible Joseph's travel-agent angel has supervised your
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