The Flight into Egypt by Giotto di Bondone (1304-06, Scrovegni Chapel, Padua). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Scary Bible Stories – Flight to Egypt – Matt. 2:13-18
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See also: Hosea 11:1; Jer. 31:15; Rev. 12:13-14; Col 1:19-20; Heb. 2:17; 4:15
Beacon – v. 2, 13,16 The magi followed a trail of a star and a word. Thus the trail was lighted for others.
Anger – v. 16 Herod had a reputation for his anger. His wives and his citizens feared his anger. It angered Herod that he did not know where the child was at.
Berserk bedlam – vs. 3, 16 Herod was known for his wild outrages. He struck out at the child he feared.
Escape – v. 13-14 Think of all the what-if’s as it relates to the welfare of children. They all applied to the infant Jesus. He could have suffered from shaken baby syndrome, and he could have been killed by Herod’s decree. He was as vulnerable as the unborn who are carried into an abortion clinic by a heartless mother.
Exemplary story: When I was about ten or eleven my father handed me a coated wire basket. That was for egg collection for the summer. Not committed to the chore I gathered eggs rather carelessly. About the second day into the summer I was sternly warned not to come back with broken eggs. Like young children fresh eggs require a tender touch.
The prophet Daniel (Photo credit: Lawrence OP)
See also: Mk. 13:14; I John 2:8 & 4:3; Daniel 8:13-14; 2 Thess. 2:3; 2 John 2:7
South v. 21 Palestine was caught in the grips of the Ptolemies in the South and the Selucids in the North.
Invasion v. 24-27 Antiochus Epiphanes took it upon himself to invade and conquer the South.
Egypt v. 28-29 The South come under the rule of Antiochus Epiphanes when he had the reigning Ptolemy killed. He could keep his throne only a brief time. He looted Egypt once and planned to do so a second time. True to the scripture a fleet of ships resisted him and turned him north toward Jerusalem.
Godlessness v. 21 In his anger Antiochus Epiphanes left Egypt to raid Jerusalem. In Palestine he was responsible for the slaughter of 40,000 troops, the capture of 20, 000 troops, and the expulsion of 20,000 more troops. To add to his conquest he had the temple desecrated with the sacrifice of a pig, and he set up a pagan image there.
Expulsion v. 33 -35 Antiochus Epiphanes was overcome by the underground forces of Israel led by Judas Maccabeus.
Exemplary story: Today’s youth revel in the thought of playing with Wii. Before there was Wii, there was Gamebox. Before there was Gamebox there was the computer game Pong. However, before these computerized games there was something far more graphic – the vivid dream. In answer to Daniel’s prayers he was sent a vivid dream, and the prophetic dream came to pass in the decades that followed.