1. Herod’s sinister plot to kill the infant King of the Jews

In the previous post I made the claim that Jesus was a black man when He lived on earth as a Jew because His people were black.  In teaching me about this truth,  Archangel Gabriel also  showed me the scripture that says:

When Israel [was] a child, then I loved him, and called my son out of Egypt (Hosea 11: 1).

This prophecy foretold the infanticide of Jewish male children under two years of age.   This event had taken place after Wise Men had come from the East seeking the King of   the Jews. Herod had called the religious pundits of the day  and had enquired about this event. Learning that the prophecies had foretold the birth of the King in Bethlehem, He had sent them to this location to seek Him.  However,  being warned by God in a dream, the Wise Men had returned home by another route rather than taking back news of the infant’s location to the wicked King:

And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way.

And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him.

When he arose, he took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt:

And was there until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt have I called my son  (Matthew 2: 12 – 15)

2. Why did God warn Mary and Joseph to flee into Egypt?

a.  Jesus and His black family mingled easily with the very dark skinned Egyptians

We  have previously  established that the Egyptians were very dark skinned or black people.   It was very easy for  the black infant Jesus and His family to be inconspicuous because they were  from the same race of people.

If a Caucasian family had arrived suddenly in Egypt from Israel, the news would certainly have reached back to Herod and he would have extradited the family from Egypt and had them killed. 

This was not unusual because  earlier Jewish history showed that King Jehoiakim had extradited a prophet from Egypt and had killed him on his return to Israel:

And there was also a man that prophesied in the name of the LORD, Urijah the son of Shemaiah of Kirjathjearim, who prophesied against this city and against this land according to all the words of Jeremiah:

And when Jehoiakim the king, with all his mighty men, and all the princes, heard his words, the king sought to put him to death: but when Urijah heard it, he was afraid, and fled, and went into Egypt;

And Jehoiakim the king sent men into Egypt, [namely], Elnathan the son of Achbor, and [certain] men with him into Egypt.

And they fetched forth Urijah out of Egypt, and brought him unto Jehoiakim the king; who slew him with the sword, and cast his dead body into the graves of the common people (Jeremiah 26: 20 – 23).

b. Egypt was known historically as a refuge for the Jewish people

Joseph and Mary entered a long line of Jews who had fled to Egypt for refuge. They included:

  • Abraham and his family in the time of a grievous famine (Genesis 12: 10). So much trouble took place there that the Lord later warned his son Isaac not to go their to live (Genesis 26: 2).
  • Joseph was unwillingly sold there as a slave and became a ruler second to Pharaoh (Genesis 37: 28).
  • Jacob and his entire family went there to live and were sustained in famine (Genesis  46: 6).

In sending Jesus and His family to Egypt, Jesus therefore shared their sorrows and became the Captain of Their  Salvation. However, Egypt was a place where the nation forgot their God after 430 years of cultural infusion.  Exodus 32 revealed that they had adapted the idol worship and religion of Egypt.

c. Jesus and His family remained faithful to God during their sojourn in Egypt

Hosea’s prophecy about Jesus being called out from Egypt was given in the context of  a  lament about the spiritual condition of the Jews in Egypt.  Prophet Hosea revealed that even as God called them, the people were offering sacrifices to a demons including one called Baalim:

When Israel [was] a child, then I loved him, and called my son out of Egypt.

[As] they called them, so they went from them: they sacrificed unto Baalim, and burned incense to graven images (Hosea 11: 1) .

However, Joseph and Mary fled to Egypt in another era and remained faithful to God.  We see that God continued to speak to Joseph in dreams, giving him instructions to leave Egypt at the time of Herod’s death and also to go to Galilee of Nazareth to  live:

But when Herod was dead, behold, an angel of the Lord appeareth in a dream to Joseph in Egypt,

Saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and go into the land of Israel: for they are dead which sought the young child’s life.

And he arose, and took the young child and his mother, and came into the land of Israel.

But when he heard that Archelaus did reign in Judaea in the room of his father Herod, he was afraid to go thither: notwithstanding, being warned of God in a dream, he turned aside into the parts of Galilee:

And he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, He shall be called a Nazarene (Matthew 2: 19 – 23).

We can say that Jesus was surrounded by the temptations of Egypt, yet remained faithful although He was tempted as we are (Hebrews 4: 15).

3. Nazareth in Galilee was a Jewish slum or inner city

At least this is what I hear Archangel Gabriel saying to me.   Nazareth was not a place of repute. It was not a prime residential area.  Here is what is said about Nazareth and its populace in scriptures:

Philip findeth Nathanael, and saith unto him, We have found him, of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, did write, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.

And Nathanael said unto him, Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth? Philip saith unto him, Come and see (John 1: 45 – 46).

They answered and said unto him, Art thou also of Galilee? Search, and look: for out of Galilee ariseth no prophet (John 7: 52)

People from Galilee were known to be rabble rousers and rough:

And he denied it again. And a little after, they that stood by said again to Peter, Surely thou art [one] of them: for thou art a Galilaean, and thy speech agreeth [thereto] (Marj 14: 70).

Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language.

And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galilaeans? (Mark 2: 6 and 7)

Apostle Paul was falsely accused of being the ringleader of the sect of the Nazarenes:

For we have found this man [a] pestilent [fellow], and a mover of sedition among all the Jews throughout the world, and a ringleader of the sect of the Nazarenes:

Who also hath gone about to profane the temple: whom we took, and would have judged according to our law. (Acts 24: 5 & 6)

Therefore, who would look for a King to come out of Galilee?

Others said, This is the Christ. But some said, Shall Christ come out of Galilee?

Hath not the scripture said, That Christ cometh of the seed of David, and out of the town of Bethlehem, where David was?

So there was a division among the people because of him (John 7: 41 – 43).

Upcoming post – Was Jesus Nazarite?