14 The getting up he took the Child and His mother and during the night went to Egypt,
Joseph is a man of obedience and someone whom the Father can trust with His one and only Son. Since it was part of God’s preordained plan that Jesus should come from Egypt, God needed a man who would be prepared to abandon his own life and culture in order to fulfil the higher purposes of God.
It would appear that Joseph awakens and that very night takes Jesus and Mary and begins the journey to Egypt.
Immediate obedience to the call of God is very important. We see the same immediate response in the calling of the disciples:
At once, leaving the fishing nets they joined Him. (as disciples) – Mark 1.18.
Perhaps it is within our human nature to want time to consider the call of God on our life. Yet there must come the day of decision. As it did for the people of Israel:
“But if you are unwilling to serve the LORD, then choose today whom you will serve. Would you prefer the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates? Or will it be the gods of the Amorites in whose land you now live? But as for me and my family, we will serve the LORD.” – Joshua 24.15 (NLT).
The sooner we respond to God’s call the sooner we will be established in His perfect will for us.
The fact that it was done during the night is in keeping with the darkness of the plans of Herod. However, we must keep before us the tremendous words found in John’s gospel: The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness cannot grasp it – 1.5.
As we have seen the response of Joseph is immediate. Any father would be anxious to avoid their child coming into any form of harm, how much more so when entrusted with the Saviour of the world.
‘Your Name I have made known to the men whom you gave Me from the world. They were Yours and You gave them to Me, and they have kept Your word’ – John 17.6.
These words Jesus prayed concerning the disciples, however, it was just as true for Joseph: he heard the word of God, received it, and promptly obeyed the heavenly directive.
The proof of our faith is shown in our dedication to lay aside our will and lovingly prefer our Father’s will.
There is an old hymn with the words: All to Jesus I surrender, all to Him I freely give.