“Out of Egypt”
Biblically speaking, God calling God’s son out of Egypt is a big deal.
First it was God’s child Israel that God called out of Egypt where they had gone due to the leadership of a man named Joseph.
Then it was God’s child Jesus that God called out of Egypt where he had gone due to the leadership of another man named Joseph.
In both cases it was an exodus out of a strange land that had offered temporary sanctuary during threatening times and into a land where the kingdom of God would be announced and established. Frankly, the land to which they were going turned out to be more hazardous than the one they left but it was in the long run worth it because it was, after all, the kingdom of God that they were about.
Help us, Lord, to come out of Egypt, to forsake the seeming shelter and security of locations and situations outside the risky and hazardous kingdom of God, that realm where we are called—expected, even—to lose our lives and to give ourselves away for the sake of that kingdom.
Remind us that it is in the long run worth it because it is, after all, the kingdom of God that we are about.
“Then Joseph got up, took the child and his mother by night, and went to Egypt, and remained there until the death of Herod. This was to fulfill what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet, ‘Out of Egypt I have called my son” (Matthew 2:14-15).