Called Out of Egypt

14 And [Joseph] rose and took the child [Jesus] and his mother by night and departed to Egypt 15 and remained there until the death of Herod. This was to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet, “Out of Egypt I called my son.””  Matthew 2:14-15

We have one account in the gospels whereby Jesus has to be rushed off to Egypt.  We previously went through the birth narratives and saw that only Matthew thought this event happened and neither of the other gospels agreed, and honestly, they were pretty messed up, so who knows what is true.  But, if you want check out the differences here.

But, let’s say that Jesus was rushed off to Egypt.  Now what?

What was fulfilled when Jesus got called out of Egypt?  Apparently, the prophet, Hosea was talking about Jesus in this prophecy as Matthew thought it was the exact fulfillment.  Was Matthew correct or did he not really understand?  What does Hosea 11 say?

When Israel was a child, I loved him, and out of Egypt I called my son. The more they were called, the more they went away; they kept sacrificing to the Baals and burning offerings to idols.”  Hosea 11:1-2

If Jesus was the one to fulfill this prophecy, must we also establish the content or is okay to just pull one verse out and apply a new meaning and disregard the rest of the chapter?  If Hosea 11 truly was Jesus, and not the nation of Israel, then we have another very big problem.  You see, if this is Jesus, then God called to him over and over again, but then Jesus kept running away from God, and kept sacrificing to other gods and idols.  Doesn’t that strike you as odd?

They shall not[b] return to the land of Egypt, but Assyria shall be their king, because they have refused to return to me….My people are bent on turning away from me, and though they call out to the Most High, he shall not raise them up at all. I will not execute my burning anger; I will not again destroy Ephraim; for I am God and not a man,
the Holy One in your midst, and I will not come in wrath.[c]
”  Hosea 11:5,7,9

When we continue to read the rest of the prophecy, God is pretty upset with Jesus then because he keeps refusing to return to him and in fact, God is refusing to hear him because of his idolotry.  And, we have God then wanting to hold back His anger against Jesus and not destroying him because God, isn’t a man, and is holy, so He can control His wrath against Jesus.

See how this doesn’t match up.

So, what is Matthew trying to do?  Intentionally lie?  Clip text out of ignorance or incompetence?  The true question to then ask is, if we can trust the author of Matthew?

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