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Daily Devotional
November 19
When Israel was a child, then I loved him, and called my son out of Egypt.
Hosea 11:1
As we see in Matthew 2:15, this verse prophetically refers to Jesus Christ. When the wise men came to worship the Babe of Bethlehem, Herod told them to tell him where Jesus was so he could worship Him too. But the wise men were warned in a dream not to return to Herod because Herod was not out to worship Jesus but to destroy this rival to his throne. So the wise men went home a different way. When Herod discovered this, he was so incensed that he ordered the death of every child two years old and younger. But, before the soldiers arrived on the scene, Joseph was warned to take Jesus into Egypt and remain there, fulfilling Hosea 11:1. Israel means “governed by God.” Truly, Jesus was the One who was perfectly governed by God.

Why was this prophecy given?

I suggest it is because Egypt symbolizes the world. You see, Jesus, the Son of God, spent time in Egypt and was called out of Egypt. This reminds me that Jesus is a High Priest who is touched with the difficulties we go through because He was tempted in every point as we are, yet without sin (Hebrews 4:15).

Maybe you feel like you’re in Egypt. Maybe you think your sin is incredibly tough, that no one could possibly understand it. But Jesus does. No matter what you’re facing, no matter how brutal your sin might be, no matter how heavy your bondage might feel, Jesus has tasted it. Every single sin anyone has ever faced, Jesus Christ dealt with. Others might be horrified but Jesus understands. It was when we were in Egypt - before we had any understanding of spiritual things - that God called us. It was while we were yet sinners that Christ died for us (Romans 5:8).
This Daily Devotional is an excerpt from the book "A Day of Feasting" by Pastor Jon. "A Day of Feasting" is a collection of 365 short devotions from the Old Testament books of Joshua through Malachi.  If you would like your own copy of "A Day of Feasting" you may click here to go to the SearchLight Store