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October 9, 2021
[Yahshua has been living in Egypt safe from Herod’s hatred and unknown to his own people until….]
(Mat 2:19-23) Now when Herod had died, behold, an angel of the Most High appeared to Joseph in Egypt in a dream, 2:20 Saying, "Arise and take the little Child and His mother, and go into the land of Israel; for those who were seeking the life of the little Child have died." 2:21And he arose and took the little Child and His mother, and came into the land of Israel. 2:22 But when he heard that Archelaus was reigning over Judea instead of Herod his father, he was afraid to go there; and after being divinely instructed in a dream, he went into the parts of Galilee. 2:23 And after arriving, he dwelt in a city called Nazareth; that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, "He shall be called a Nazarean."
[Once again we see that Yahweh is never taken by surprise and has prepared for what is to come so His purposes will be carried out. Why would we doubt that He is still in charge and not only willing to provide, but has already done so. Since we are more dear to Him than a sparrow we also can trust His promises.]
(Psa 121:4-8) Behold, He Who keeps Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep. 121:5 Yahweh is your keeper; Yahweh is your shade on your right hand. 121:6 The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night. 121:7 Yahweh shall preserve you from all evil; He shall preserve your life. 121:8 Yahweh shall guard your going out and your coming in from this time forth, and even forevermore.
(Isa 30:21) And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, "This is the way, walk in it," when you turn to the right hand and when you turn to the left.
Matthew 2:22 from John Gills commentary
But when he heard that Archelaus,.... This Archelaus was a son of Herod the great by Malthace Samaritan, and was appointed by him for his successor a little before his death, and was upon it declared king by the populace, the soldiers, and those that were in power; all which is affirmed by Josephus (a), and confirms the account given by the Evangelist; with whose account agrees what the Jewish chronologer says (b), that
"Archelaus, the second king of the family of Herod, reigned after his father's death: and a little after he says, Caesar Augustus caused Archelaus to reign תחת אביו הורדוס "in the room of Herod his father"'';
which is the very phrase used by Matthew. Now this man was like his father, a very cruel wicked man; and, as the above chronologer says (c), he ordered his troops, and slew at the feast of the passover, in the temple of the Most High, "nine thousand persons": though perhaps Josephus's account is truest, who says (d), that he sent in his whole army upon the people, who had raised a sedition, and slew, whilst they were sacrificing, about "three thousand"; and this happened at the beginning of his reign, and indeed before he had scarce mounted the throne. And now the news of this might have reached the ears of Joseph, and be the reason why he was afraid to go thither, into Judea, where Archelaus reigned.
Notwithstanding being warned of Almighty in a dream, who never failed to advise him when in difficulty and distress, he did not go back again to Egypt, but
turned aside into the parts of Galilee; where Herod Antipas, another of Herod's sons, was tetrarch or governor; who was a milder person, and not so cruel and tyrannical as Archelaus: besides, Galilee was an obscure place, where, Joseph might reasonably think, he should live with Mary and Yahshua unobserved, and free from danger.
(Amo 2:10-11) Also I brought you up from the land of Egypt and led you forty years through the wilderness to possess the land of the Amorite. 2:11 And I raised up prophets from your sons and Nazarites from your young men. Is it not even so, O children of Israel?" says Yahweh.
[Yahshua was referred to as a Nazarene because it was His place of residence, not as set-apart, yet He was the most set-apart of mankind.]
(Luk 1:5-16) There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judea, a certain priest of the course of Abijah, Zacharias by name; and his wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth. 1:6 Now they were both righteous before Almighty, walking blamelessly in all the commandments and ordinances of the Most High. 1:7 But they did not have a child, as Elizabeth was barren; and both were well advanced in age. 1:8 And it came to pass that in fulfilling his priestly service before Almighty in the order of his course, 1:9 According to the custom of the priestly service, it fell to him by lot to burn incense when he entered into the temple of the Most High. 1:10 And all the multitude of the people outside were praying at the hour of the burning of incense. 1:11 Then an angel of the Most High appeared to him, standing at the right side of the altar of incense. 1:12 And when he saw the angel, Zacharias was troubled, and fear fell upon him. 1:13 But the angel said to him, "Fear not, Zacharias, because your supplication has been heard; and your wife Elizabeth shall bear a son to you, and you shall call his name John. 1:14 And he shall be a joy and exultation to you; and many shall rejoice at his birth. 1:15 For he shall be great before the Most High. And he shall never drink wine or strong drink in any form, but he shall be filled with the set-apart Spirit even from his mother's womb. 1:16 And many of the children of Israel shall he turn to the Most High their Almighty.
[We now go back in time and find John who is to be His fore runner. Here we find a husband who prayer for what was important to his wife, rather than making it of less importance to him than to her.]
(Luk 1:19-25) And the angel answered and said to him, "I am Gabriel, who stands in the presence of Almighty; and I was sent to speak to you, and to announce this good news to you. 1:20 But behold, you shall be silent and unable to speak until the day in which these things shall take place, because you did not believe my words, which shall be fulfilled in their time." 1:21 Now the people were expecting Zacharias, and they were wondering why he was taking such a long time in the temple. 1:22 But when he came out, he was not able to speak to them. Then they perceived that he had seen a vision in the temple; for he was making signs to them, but he remained mute. 1:23 Now it came to pass that when the days of his service were fulfilled, he departed to his house. 1:24 And after those days, Elizabeth his wife conceived, but hid herself for five months, saying, 1:25 "The Most High has intervened for me in this, at the time in which He looked upon me to take away my reproach among men."
[How hard it is sometimes to believe Yahweh would use you since you know your heart is not pure, but still attached firmly to the things of this earth. He asked a sign and lost his ability to speak. Never-the-less the gift was not taken away for it was to the honor and proof of the trust worthiness of Yahweh’s word.]
(Luk 1:36-45) Now behold, Elizabeth your kinswoman has also conceived a son in her old age; and this is the sixth month for her who was called barren. 1:37 For with Almighty nothing shall be impossible." 1:38 And Mary said, "Behold the handmaid of the Most High; may it be done to me according to your word." And the angel departed from her. 1:39 And Mary rose up in those days and went with haste into the hill country, to a city of Judah, 1:40 And entered the house of Zacharias and greeted Elizabeth. 1:41 Now it came to pass that when Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the set-apart Spirit, 1:42 And she cried out with a loud voice and said, "Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. 1:43 But why is this happening to me, that the mother of my Most High should come to me? 1:44 For behold, as soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the babe in my womb leaped in exultation. 1:45 And blessed is she who has believed, for there shall be a fulfillment of the things spoken to her from the Most High."
(Luk 1:46-56) Then Mary said, "My soul magnifies the Most High, 1:47 And my spirit has exulted in Almighty my Savior; 1:48 For He has looked upon the humble estate of His handmaid; for behold, from this time forward all generations shall count me blessed, 1:49 Because the Almighty One has done great things to me, and set-apart is His name; 1:50 And His mercy is toward those who fear Him, from generation to generation. 1:51 He has worked strength with His arm; He has scattered the haughty in the imagination of their hearts. 1:52 He has put down rulers from thrones, and has exalted the lowly. 1:53 He has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich He has sent away empty. 1:54 He has helped His servant Israel, in remembering His mercy, 1:55 Exactly as He spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to his seed forever." 1:56 And Mary dwelt with her about three months, and returned to her house.
[Both mothers realize the honor placed upon them – to be trusted to raise these boys into men worthy to serve the Most High Almighty Yahweh even to death. How wonderfully did Yahweh provide for the emotional needs of these first time mothers. They were able to speak their hearts concerns openly to each other because of their shared responsibilities and lack of experience in child care. They could rejoice together without any snide remarks such as are often spoken to those who are having an experience they cannot readily share. We should realize that their silence was a protection for both mother and child.]]
(Luk 1:67-80) And Zacharias his father was filled with the set-apart Spirit, and prophesied, saying, 1:68 "Blessed be the Most High, the Almighty of Israel, because He has visited and has worked redemption for His people, 1:69 And has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of His servant David; 1:70) Exactly as He spoke by the mouth of His set-apart prophets since the world began; 1:71 Salvation from our enemies and from the hand of all those who hate us; 1:72 To fulfill the promise of mercy made to our fathers, and to remember His set-apart covenant, 1:73 The oath that He swore to Abraham our father; to grant us that, 1:74 Being saved from the hand of our enemies, we might serve Him without fear, 1:75 Walking in holiness and righteousness before Him all the days of our lives. 1:76 And you, little child, shall be called the prophet of the Highest; for you shall go before the face of the Master, to prepare His ways; 1:77 To give the knowledge of salvation to His people by the remission of their sins, 1:78 Through the deep inner compassion's of our Almighty; in which the dayspring from on high has visited us, 1:79 To shine upon those who are sitting in darkness and in the shadow of death, to direct our feet into the way of peace." 1:80 And the little child grew and was strengthened in spirit; and he was in the wilderness until the day of his appearing to Israel.
(Isa 57:14-18) And He shall say, "Cast up! Cast up! Prepare the way! Take the stumbling block out of the way of My people." 57:15 For thus says the high and lofty One Who inhabits eternity; Whose name is set-apart; "I dwell in the high and set-apart place, even with the one who is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones, 57:16 For I will not contend forever, nor will I always be angry; for the spirit of man would then fail before Me, and the souls which I have made. 57:17 For the iniquity of his covetousness I was angry and struck him; I hid Myself, and was angry, and he went on backsliding away from Me in the way of his own heart. 57:18 I have seen his ways, and will heal him. I will also lead him, and restore comfort to him and to his mourners.
[Another promise kept with the ministry of John as one who led people to realize they needed to repent. John like Yahshua lead a quite childhood letting Yahweh prepare them for the work ahead of them. Scripture is a testamoney of Yahweh’s ability and willingness to bring to pass what He has promised, it is not the history of the lives of the people involved. Those who insist they have to know about their day to day lives are demanding their personal curiosity be satisfied rather than accepting what Yahweh knows we need to know. Those personal histories are a detraction to keep us from the knowledge Yahweh is offering.]
(Mat 3:1-12) Now in those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea, 3:2 And saying, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." 3:3 For this is he who was spoken of by Isaiah the prophet, saying, "The voice of one crying in the wilderness, 'Prepare the way of the Master, make straight His paths.' " 3:4 Now John himself wore a garment of camel's hair, and a leather belt around his waist; and his food was locusts and wild honey. 3:5 Then went out to him those from Jerusalem, and all Judea, and all the country around the Jordan, 3:6 And were being baptized by him in the Jordan, confessing their sins. 3:7 But after seeing many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to his baptism, he said to them, "You brood of vipers, who has forewarned you to flee from the coming wrath? 3:8 Therefore, produce fruits worthy of repentance; 3:9 And do not think to say within yourselves, 'We have Abraham for our father'; for I tell you that Almighty is able from these stones to raise up children to Abraham. 3:10 But already the axe is striking at the roots of the trees; therefore, every tree that is not producing good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 3:11 I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance; but the One Who is coming after me is mightier than I, of Whom I am not fit to carry His sandals; He shall baptize you with the set-apart Spirit, and with fire; 3:12 Whose winnowing shovel is in His hand, and He will thoroughly purge His floor, and will gather His wheat into the granary; but the chaff He will burn up with unquenchable fire."
[Both children have reached their majority [adulthood] and the world is about to receive the way to the salvation they have been promised from the beginning. Very few realize that John’s baptism is still taking place. Many who come asking baptism are simply seeking forgiveness for their past sins – they are not seeking a relationship with the one who has the power to forgive the sins. They want peace from a guilty conscience and nothing more. These are the ones who return to their former lifestyle. Those who not only confess and seek forgiveness and a different lifestyle are the ones seeking a relationship with the forgiver. They are the ones who come wanting the covenant relationship that changes us from the inside out. These are the ones who seek a loving relationship with the forgiver and often think that includes receiving the love and acceptance from others who are already walking the path, and do not find it and blame the forgiver who never forces only woos gently. That loving relationship can only come from above for all those on the path are still humans and may not be at a place where they have love to offer, or trust enough to dare offer the fellowship that is sought by other needy hearts. It is not the length of time spent on the path that makes the inward changes but the willing yielding of the heart to the creators ways that bring forth lasting changes of the heart and therefore the ability to help another feel that love. We are to pray for each other that we be changed so we are what Yahweh wants us to be and what the acceptance of Yahshua’s shed blood to bring us fully into the salt covenant with Yahweh.]