When baby Jesus had to flee Israel to Egypt, I am reminded of the sovereignty of God. Why did the Son of God have to flee an evil tyrant ? Look at what Herod did after that! He killed all babies below two years old in Bethlehem!!!! Upon whom does this blood lie? Why should these innocent babies be killed because of a jealous insecure tyrant king’s temper? Is there no accountability? Where is justice? It’s heartbreaking to read those stuff?
Baby Jesus had to flee not because the almighty God could not stop king Herod. In fact God could have wiped him out in an instance but He didn’t. Why? And let those thousands of babies be killed? I know God is just and good and sometimes He is mysterious.
Matthew 2 says this is to fulfill the scriptures.
Matthew 2:16–18 (ESV)
16 Then Herod, when he saw that he had been tricked by the wise men, became furious, and he sent and killed all the male children in Bethlehem and in all that region who were two years old or under, according to the time that he had ascertained from the wise men. 17 Then was fulfilled what was spoken by the prophet Jeremiah:
18 “A voice was heard in Ramah,
weeping and loud lamentation,
Rachel weeping for her children;
she refused to be comforted, because they are no more.”
Everything major that happens in Jesus life is all written before hand and before he was born into this world. What do you call that? Predestination! But does it make predestination a cruel concept of God? No.
Because that’s taken from Jeremiah 31: 15-18
15 Thus says the LORD:
“A voice is heard in Ramah,
lamentation and bitter weeping.
Rachel is weeping for her children;
she refuses to be comforted for her children,
because they are no more.”
16 Thus says the LORD:
“Keep your voice from weeping,
and your eyes from tears,
for there is a reward for your work,
declares the LORD,
and they shall come back from the land of the enemy.
17 There is hope for your future, declares the LORD,
and your children shall come back to their own country.
17 There is hope for your future, declares the LORD, and your children shall come back to their own country.
Your children shall come back to their own country, that’s God speaking to Rachel there. What does that mean? In short, Rachel was the mother of the tribes in Israel, and Jeremiah is depicting her crying, prophetically for her lost children. But God says, “Don’t cry”! There is a reward for your work, your children seemed to be dead, but they shall come back to their own country! They shall come back from the land of the enemy!
My friends, I am so blessed in reading this, because the God of predestination didn’t let us down. Rachel will have her children back from the enemy to her own country!
I have to say that if you struggle with your children’s way of life, and they seemed to have departed from the Lord’s way, your cries and tears are not in vain, because you shall be rewarded. The God of Abraham Isaac and Jacob, our Lord Jesus Christ will bring them back from the enemies and back to our land in Jesus Christ. They will return.
You can apply that to all your other problems and wait upon the Lord. Amen.
Let’s worship Jesus. He is so wonderful, faithful God, steadfast love God.