13 After the wise men were gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. “Get up! Flee to Egypt with the child and his mother,” the angel said. “Stay there until I tell you to return, because Herod is going to search for the child to kill him.”
Matthew 2:13 (NLT)
We continue with the story in the previous article. Jesus’ family has some distinguished visitors who came with a lot of treasures. All of a sudden they became rich. After the visitors had departed, an angel appeared to Joseph in a dream and told him to flee to Egypt with his family and stay there until further notice because the local warlord named Herod wanted to kill the child.
The whole family escaped southwards. In case somebody may ask on how were they to finance their trip like buying food and paying for accommodations, the answer is they had already received a lot of treasures from the wise men. This tells us that God has some common sense. He planned for the wise men to meet with the family first before he sent his angel to ask them to leave so that they can have the money to do so. This also means that the family did not travel like refugees. They had a lot of money. So, they must be travelling with the best money can buy.
After Herod had discovered that the wise men did not inform him of the location of Jesus, he became furious. He ordered a massacre.
16 Herod was furious when he realized that the wise men had outwitted him. He sent soldiers to kill all the boys in and around Bethlehem who were two years old and under, based on the wise men’s report of the star’s first appearance.
Matthew 2:16 (NLT)
He sent soldiers to kill all the boys in and around Bethlehem who were two years old and under. This tells us that Jesus must be around that age that time. So, when you see replicas of Jesus’ birth with baby Jesus surrounded by his parents, angels, shepherds and the wise men in Christmas season, you now know the replicas are wrong. The wise men did not appear at Jesus’ birth at the manger. Only the angels and shepherds were there at Jesus’ birth besides his parents. The wise men only arrived when Jesus was around 2 years old at his house, not manger.
Let us stop here to revise on how we can use the above truth for our prosperity. Jesus’ life was in danger the moment Herod knew about him. However, he was under 2 years old at that time. He would not have the capability to defend himself. Neither could his parents knew about this threat. Even if they were informed of it, what could they do? They were a poor and helpless family that relied on carpentry for a living. This means they can neither fight nor run.
However, they had God on their side. God saw their plight and devised a way out. There was a group of wise men who discovered Jesus’ birth and they had the desire to see him and present their gifts to him as an expression of their worship. God took this opportunity to match make the group and the family together. When the wise men met the family, their desire to worship Jesus and give him gifts was met. At the same time, Jesus’ family had the money to run away.
This is basically how God does his business. He is not Robin Hood. He will never rob from one group to give to another. In other words, God will not prosper us at the expense of others nor will he prosper others at our expense. He can prosper all of us together. This is the mentality of abundance. The wise men got what they desired and Jesus’ family got the money to escape from danger.
You may have noticed that Jesus’ parents never knew of Herod’s plot to kill Jesus before the wise men left. Why do you think would have happened if God were to tell them that the moment Jesus was born? I suspect Joseph and Mary would have spent the first 2 years after Jesus’ birth in worry and fear, wondering when would Herod come. So, God showed them mercy by telling them about Herod’s plot only after they had the money to escape.
This is the God of the Bible. He is not a pervert. He will never tell you things to make us worry and live in fear. His words are always uplifting and encouraging to us. If you read the Bible and feel discouraged, you are not reading it in the right context. If you go to a church and listen to a sermon that makes you worry and fearful, that sermon is not from God. It must be a theology, which is a lie from the pit of hell.
In case you have been wondering on why God does not reveal all the challenges of your life in advance, the reason is because he does not want you to worry and live in fear. He wants you to concentrate in dealing with today’s problems. He will give you what you need for tomorrow’s problems when tomorrow comes. All we need is to trust in him. He will show you the solution when the time comes. If the solution happens to run away, he will give you the money to do so.
Finally, God always over-provides. The Bible tells us the wise men brought treasures chests filled with valuable items. That sounds more than enough to finance an escape to Egypt. Since the Bible does not record any other financial achievements in Jesus’ family, I suspect the treasures last quite a long time until the time Jesus started his ministry. No wonder Jesus was so rich when he was in his ministry. God over-provided for him.
Likewise, God will also over-provide for us. What have you ask God for? He will give you exceedingly and abundantly above all that you are to ask and think of. All you have to do is to believe. Do you believe?