Sermon: Matthew 2 – God Acts in Time

Sermon from January 1, 2017 at Shepherd of the Lakes Lutheran Church (WELS) of Fairmont, MN.  Sermon written by Pastor Hagen & preached by Rev. Chris Sulzle (ret).  

Scripture Readings of the Day: Isaiah 63:7-9; Galatians 4:4-7; Matthew 2:13-15, 19-23

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Text: Matthew 2:13-15, 19-23

13 When they had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. “Get up,”

he said, “take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you,

for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him.”

14 So he got up, took the child and his mother during the night and left for Egypt, 15

where he stayed until the death of Herod. And so was fulfilled what the Lord had said

through the prophet: “Out of Egypt I called my son.”

19 After Herod died, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt 20

and said, “Get up, take the child and his mother and go to the land of Israel, for those

who were trying to take the child’s life are dead.”

21 So he got up, took the child and his mother and went to the land of Israel. 22 But

when he heard that Archelaus was reigning in Judea in place of his father Herod, he

was afraid to go there. Having been warned in a dream, he withdrew to the district of

Galilee, 23 and he went and lived in a town called Nazareth. So was fulfilled what was

said through the prophets: “He will be called a Nazarene.”

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