Out of Egypt
The Bible tells us that Mary and Joseph took Jesus to Egypt for a few years when he was a child, in order to protect him from those who wanted to kill him. When the coast was clear, they returned to Nazareth, where he grew up. The messiah was called out of Egypt.
The phrase, "Out of Egypt" first appears in the Bible in the Book of Hosea. Centuries before Jesus, God had called his people out of Egypt, where they were held as slaves, and set them on the path to freedom in their own land. Hosea poetically describes the faithfulness and patience of God toward his people, despite their willfulness and disobedience. Hosea reveals God as a loving parent who waits for his rebellious child to come to his senses and return home.
God remained faithful to his people Israel, but they never really reciprocated, and eventually they suffered the consequences of their behavior and disappeared as a nation. It was another child that God later called out of Egypt, his son Jesus, who would prove obedient, and make possible salvation for all people.
This Sunday, in our sermon, we are going to look at the lesson from the Book of Hosea, and see how the fulfillment of our hopes depends upon the character of God, who never gives up on us, no matter how we behave.