Ever wondered if there was any rhyme or reason to when things happen? Ever noticed that things seem to happen on a schedule that seems to work in many cases, but not necessarily the schedule we would have planned? Ever noticed that God rarely early and never late, just on time. This morning’s reading bring up an interesting perspective on timing starting in Matthew 1 speaking about the family leading to Jesus. There are a few thing that are interesting about the list that I want to include as we start today:
17There were fourteen generations from Abraham to David, another fourteen from David to the Babylonian exile, and yet another fourteen from the Babylonian exile to Christ. — Matthew 1:17
(2) Family tree wasn’t perfect, but God was able to use it. God doesn’t wait for us to be perfect and then use us, He takes us right where we are at and works in and through us to help us become more like Jesus.
We were created for a purpose. We created with a plan. None of us were “accidents” as some may try to speak since God knew what He was doing from the beginning. It may have surprised others, but it wasn’t a surprise to Him. Consider the surprise for Mary and Joseph. Consider the challenge it put on their lives in the community. Consider the journey for the census trip to get to Jerusalem for them. Consider the joy of Jesus being born to them and the messages that were spoken over Him when the wise men showed up. Consider the abrupt change of plans to move to Egypt which saved their lives. The prophecies of old – the promises of God – were not only spoken but also came to pass and be completed in the life of Jesus.
14-15Joseph obeyed. He got up, took the child and his mother under cover of darkness. They were out of town and well on their way by daylight. They lived in Egypt until Herod’s death. This Egyptian exile fulfilled what Hosea had preached: “I called my son out of Egypt.” — Matthew 2:14-15
16-18Herod, when he realized that the scholars had tricked him, flew into a rage. He commanded the murder of every little boy two years old and under who lived in Bethlehem and its surrounding hills. (He determined that age from information he’d gotten from the scholars.) That’s when Jeremiah’s sermon was fulfilled:A sound was heard in Ramah, weeping and much lament. Rachel weeping for her children, Rachel refusing all solace, Her children gone, dead and buried. — Matthew 2:16-18
21-23Joseph obeyed. He got up, took the child and his mother, and reentered Israel. When he heard, though, that Archelaus had succeeded his father, Herod, as king in Judea, he was afraid to go there. But then Joseph was directed in a dream to go to the hills of Galilee. On arrival, he settled in the village of Nazareth. This move was a fulfillment of the prophetic words, “He shall be called a Nazarene.” — Matthew 2:21-23 (Nazarene means the branch)
God’s timing is perfect. His plans are good. So do not worry, do not fear, put your trust in God!