April 5, 2014, was one of the happiest moments of my life. It was the day a woman was willing to take one for all women everywhere and marry me. My wife truly took one for the team.
With the most impactful moments of our lives, we are able to remember them very clearly. I remember being yelled at when I attempted to wipe the cupcake I just smashed in Cathy’s face. Apparently, that messes up makeup; who knew? I remember bringing a Nintendo 64 and playing Mario Cart 64 before the big moment. Truly the most amazing moment of the day would have been when all the groomsmen, bridesmaids, ring bearers, and the flower girl finally all made their way into their spots and the doors shut. A thousand eternities went on in my head while I anxiously waited for my soon to be wife to come through those doors. All of a sudden, “whoosh,” as the doors opened and there she was. You can say what you what about any bride you want, by my wife was the most gorgeous woman in the entire world.
1. What was your favorite memory from your wedding? What was your favorite memory from a loved one’s wedding?
As I have grown in maturity (not by much I can assure you that) since my wedding day, the moment Cathy was walking down the aisle has become more and more significant. On the day of our wedding, I was marrying my best friend, the one whom my soul loves (Song of Solomon), my helper, my ride or die, my boo, and the one God gave me to love until death does us part.
2. What is a covenant?
This week’s lesson is focusing on Jesus living in Egypt for a short time. The original prophecy was spoken by the prophet Hosea. Hosea 11:1 reads, “When Israel was a child, I loved him, and out of Egypt I called my son.”
3. What are some things you know about the prophet Hosea?
Matthew chapter two records what the world was like when Jesus was born. It was not a peaceful, loving place.
Matthew 2:13-15 records, “Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, ‘Rise, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you, for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him.’ And he rose and took the child and his mother by night and departed to Egypt and remained there until the death of Herod. This was to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet, ‘Out of Egypt I called my son.’”
4. Why did the angel instruct Joseph to flee to Egypt?
5. Fun detail: Notice when it describes Mary, the Bible says “His Mother.” When it describes Joseph the Bible simply states his name. Why do you think the Bible would want that known?
So the completion of this prophecy on the surface level is right there. God said, His son would come out of Egypt, and Jesus did. One of the harder things about understanding prophecy is that everything does not always completely match up in our minds. While by no means I am saying there is an error in God’s Word, but there can be some contextual aspect of the Bible we need to understand to gain a deeper understanding of the Bible.
We live in a world of skepticism. If a person was asking about the validity of Christ’s birth, simply using Hosea chapter 12 and Matthew chapter 2 could leave them asking a few more questions. Just because the Bible says “son” does not always entail contextually that it means Jesus. While in this case, it does; however, there is more meat on these bones.
6. Why is it important to keep digging in the Bible even if we understand the surface level truth?
To fully unlock where Matthew was coming from, and why God gave him the truth about the prophet Hosea, we need to know a bit more about the history of Egypt.
Luckily for us, we just did an entire summer study about Moses, so hopefully, these questions will be a breeze.
Who did Moses lead out of Egypt?
7. What makes this people group significant?
8. What did God make with Moses and this people group?
If you answered, Hebrew or Jews, they were chosen to be God’s people, and God made a convent with them, give yourself a sticker. Out of Egypt came God’s chosen people who had the covenant of God with them.
Please read Hosea chapter 11.
9. What are the ways you see God fulfilling His promise to a disobedient Israel?
The entire 11th chapter of Hosea is about God’s love for His people coming out of Egypt. Fast forward to the time of Jesus. There is more significance than just Joseph and his family returning to their home country.
10. What similarities do you see with Moses and the nation of Israel coming out of Egypt and Jesus coming out of Egypt?
It is time to bring it home. On the day my wife walked down that aisle, there was a deeper significance than just marrying my best friend, or marrying the love of my life. The person walking down the aisle was the person who I would promise to love, help, guide, lead, sacrifice for, and die for. My wife walking down the aisle represented something which at the time, I did not see the deeper meaning.
11. What is the significant life change that happens after a person enters the covenant of marriage?
12. What is the significant life change that comes when the covenant of God walked into your live?