Fear in the days of the youth of Jesus

Matthew Bible Background

New Testament: Matt 2.22–23

To read the Bible in a year, read Matthew 2 on January 2, In the year of our Lord Christ 2020

By Don Ruhl

Joseph already had to take Jesus and Mary into Egypt to flee from the wrath of Herod when he wanted to kill the young Jesus. Since they escaped, Herod ordered all the male babies 2 years old and under killed in Bethlehem in an attempt to destroy Jesus, not knowing that Jesus was not there.

When the family returned from Egypt, Joseph heard that the son of Herod was reigning in place of his father, and Joseph feared again:

But when [Joseph] heard that Archelaus was reigning over Judea instead of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there. And being warned by God in a dream, he turned aside into the region 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 2.22–23

Have you thought of what it must have been like during those days? The fear that would have struck the hearts of all the Jews, and especially the hearts of Joseph and Mary, would have been unimaginable. Yet, God preserved the life of His Son while He was under the care of His earthly parents, because the God of heaven had a plan and no man could prevent that plan from its fulfillment.

Questions:

  • What incident in your life has given you the greatest fear?
  • How did you make it through those days?
  • Can you see God at work in your life, especially during the times of fear?

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