God’s mightiness is hard to fathom. In Matthew’s Gospel, he gives insight into the Lord’s undeniable strength. Our Father’s enemy (Satan) understood Christ’s Kingship meant the end of his reign and tried using King Herod to kill Jesus (Matthew 2:13).
God knew everything and protected Christ from the wickedness of Herod. Nothing gets pass God (Jeremiah 16:17). Satan knows Christ’s Kingship is God’s final plan for humanity and tried to eliminate Him as a child. Since God is Almighty (Revelation 1:8), the devil didn’t exterminate the King of the Jews!
When you look at Matthew’s second chapter, a glimpse into God’s undeniable plan of salvation emerges. Last week we discussed http://wp.me/p74gem-c2 God’s announcement of His promised Messiah(Matthew 2:2). And the rest of this chapter shows us God’s indisputable faithfulness. Our Father let none human or the devil defeat His King making sure our eternal inheritance (Ephesians 1:11) stayed intact.
The devil uses many wicked ways to destroy God’s kingdom. When Herod unleashed his rage on the Jewish people (Matthew 2:16), we see Satan’s hatred.
Throughout the Old Testament, the terror caused by Lucifer is real. In Noah’s generation, God stepped in and annihilated Satan’s evil grip on the human heart (Genesis 6:17).
No one past or present can change the evil facts of the devil, and Matthew saw this by watching Herod murder innocent boys (Matthew 2:16). Even today we see this happening around the world, but God in His Glory secured a way out of spiritual death. The Lord wants to save everyone and guaranteed Christ birth by protecting Him from the devil (1 Timothy 2:1-4). We are fortunate to experience God’s grace and proclaim the good news of Christ!
In fact, God used the Prophet Jeremiah to make known the future suffering Christ birth caused at the time it took place (Jeremiah 31:15). You may wonder why God doesn’t intervene and eradicate evilness. That’s a great question, and it’s hard to grasp the way God works. But a saving faith understands the Lord gives everyone a chance to know Him.
For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse. Romans 1:20
God keeps His word and led Joseph into Egypt fulfilling Hosea prophecy (Hosea 11:1). Our Father never changes, and His Word without exception is pure. Everything God does is in the Bible, and He used Matthew to highlight the prophecies from the Old Testament.
Matthew closes his second chapter by giving us the reason Christ lived in Nazareth (Matthew 2:19-23). Again we come in contact with Satan’s constant attempts on killing baby Jesus. This is the third time God sent an angel to direct Joseph actions in protecting His Son.
When I pause and ponder over Matthew’s second chapter, it strengthens my trust in God’s eternal plan. This recorded Biblical history gives me the opportunity to test my faith (2 Corinthians 13:5). And for me, God’s words are more than metaphors they are the actions I need to take to live in Christ.
What’s your outlook on Matthew’s second chapter?