The Father continues to communicate the unfolding plan of salvation. The curtain is drawn back and we receive a glimpse of the manner in which He orchestrates the ways of Man to accomplish His perfect will.
“On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.
“When they had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. ‘Get up,’ he said, ‘take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him.’
“So he got up, took the child and his mother during the night and left for Egypt, where he stayed until the death of Herod. And so was fulfilled what the Lord had said through the prophet: ‘Out of Egypt I called my son.‘” Matthew 2:11-15
Talk about how the gifts of the Magi mark the babe:
gold to reveal the position and authority of King
incense to reveal the role of intermediary and intercessor as Priest
myrrh to reveal the value and power of the role as Sacrifice
The flight to Egypt fulfills the prophecy of Hosea 11:1 (Celebrate Day 12). Who does the retreat protect and how does it affect Herod’s evil plot?