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A sermon written by Dr. R. L. Hymers, Jr.
and preached by Dr. Christopher L. Cagan
at the Baptist Tabernacle of Los Angeles
Lord’s Day Morning, November 3, 2019

"When he arose, he took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt…And he arose, and took the young child and his mother, and came into the land of Israel" (Matthew 2:14, 21; p. 995 Scofield).

Egypt is located at the northern end of Africa. Egypt was powerful and splendid in ancient times. But from the 6th century BC onwards, the splendor and might of Egypt dwindled to a shadow. In fact, there are few stronger contrasts in any nation between the ancient power and glory of Egypt and its later insignificance.

By the time Joseph took Mary and Jesus to Egypt, that country had already lost most of its former might. Joseph was warned to flee into Egypt by God. It was common for Jews to go there. Every major city in Egypt had a large number of Jewish refugees. The great city of Alexandria had over a million Jewish emigrants. Tradition tells us that Joseph took Mary and Jesus to a Jewish part of the city of Cairo.

Throughout the Bible Egypt is a picture of the world. In the Bible, the “world” does not refer to the planet we live on. It speaks of the “kosmos,” the “world system,” the way things are now. It refers to human society without God. Egypt was the most powerful country in the world, ruled over by the Pharaoh, their king. They built pyramids. They had great armies. They worshipped false gods. But they did not know the true God. They kept the Jewish people in slavery. Yes, Egypt symbolizes the world without God. And Egypt symbolizes enslavement and bondage to sin. There are several applications of Egypt given in the Bible.

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I. First, Egypt is a type of the world.

In Genesis 12:10, we read:

"And there was a famine in the land: and Abram went down into Egypt to sojourn there (to live there); for the famine was grievous in the land" (Genesis 12:10; p. 21).

The Scofield note on this verse says,

The resort to Egypt (the world) is typical of the tendency to substitute for lost spiritual power the fleshly resources of the world…

Abram was not blessed in Egypt. He was ejected from it by the hand of God, and returned to Canaan.

Later in the book of Genesis Joseph was thrown into a pit and left for dead by his jealous brothers. Some Midianite nomads who were passing by pulled Joseph out of the pit and sold him as a slave in Egypt:

"And the Midianites sold him into Egypt unto Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh's, and captain of the guard" (Genesis 37:36; p. 55).

In both cases, with Abram and with Joseph, Egypt is a type, or picture, of the world of sin.

Joseph rose from slavery and became a great man in Egypt, and later his Hebrew relatives followed him into this land. The Hebrews grew in number until they became a powerful ethnic group there. But a new Pharaoh turned against the Jews and made them slaves. When God saw their pitiful condition He sent Moses to deliver them from slavery:

"And it came to pass at the end of the four hundred and thirty years, even the selfsame day it came to pass, that all the hosts of the Lord went out from the land of Egypt" (Exodus 12:41; p. 85).

This is a type or picture of those who are converted, leaving behind the world, and coming out of sin to Jesus Christ.

In Revelation 11:8 Jerusalem is called, "the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified." Jerusalem will be so sinful at this time, in the Tribulation period, that the Bible compares it to Sodom and Egypt.

Hosea 11:1 says,

"When Israel was a child, then I loved him, and called my son out of Egypt" (Hosea 11:1; p. 927).

This verse from Hosea is quoted in Matthew 2:15 as being fulfilled when Joseph took Jesus out of Egypt, back to the Holy Land. The Scofield note on Matthew 2:15 says,

The words quoted here are in Hosea 11:1, and the passage illustrates the truth that prophetic utterances often have a latent and deeper meaning than first appears. Israel, nationally, was a "son," but Christ was the greater "Son."

We read in our text that Joseph "arose, and took the young child (Jesus) and his mother, and came into the land of Israel" (Matthew 2:21). This is a picture of the believer in Christ leaving the world of sin. Is Los Angeles part of the world of sin? You bet it is! Anyone can see that!

Today’s weak new-evangelicalism is a part of the world. That’s what new-evangelicals do – they try to fit in with the world. And they do that – but without changing it. Instead, the world changes them. That’s what the apostate Chan offers – an easy church and an easy pastor. Like Olivas before him, the apostate Chan’s group is a way station on the way back to the world. But I say, turn away from the world of sin and follow Jesus!

II. Second, Egypt must be forsaken.

You cannot become a Christian and still be part of the world. Some of you still want to be in Egypt. Others of you are waiting until the time comes when you leave God’s grace and run to Egypt, as though there was something good there! But there isn’t. You must forsake Egypt, and give it up, and be through with the world if you want to become a real Christian. Fanny Crosby, the great hymn writer, said:

Take the world, but give me Jesus, All its joys are but a name,
But His love abideth ever, Thro' eternal years the same.
Oh, the height and depth of mercy! Oh, the length and breadth of love!
Oh, the fullness of redemption, Pledge of endless life above!
   ("Take the World, But Give Me Jesus" by Fanny J. Crosby, 1820-1915).

You have to be willing to say, "Take the world, but give me Jesus" if you want to get saved!

The Bible says:

"Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world" (I John 2:15-16; p. 1322).

For you to become a real Christian, you must have a turning away from Egypt, a turning away from this world and its sins. You must have an inward turning – away from "all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life" (I John 2:15-16).

That's why we read, in II Corinthians 6:17-18,

"Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty" (II Corinthians 6:17-18; p. 1234).

What a picture of this is found in our text!

"When he arose, he took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt…And he arose, and took the young child and his mother, and came into the land of Israel" (Matthew 2:14, 21; p. 995).

You must come out of the Egyptian sin of Los Angeles – and then into Christ Himself!

III. But, thirdly, Egypt must be evangelized.

As Jesus was called out of Egypt, so you are called out of the world. But, as Jesus was sent into Egypt, so you are sent into the world as a witness.

Jesus said,

"I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world (physically), but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil" (John 17:15; p. 1139).

In the second and third centuries some Christians made the mistake of going into monasteries out in the desert to escape the world physically. But Christ did not come to take us physically out of the world, but to keep us "from the evil" (John 17:15).

In fact, Jesus said:

"As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world" (John 17:18; p. 1140).

Jesus calls us out of the world of sin, to live separated lives in the local church for Him. But He then sends us back into the world to witness and win others to Him.

"Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you"
        (John 20:21; p. 1144).

Again, Jesus said:

"Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled"
        (Luke 14:23; p. 1096).

How do you fill God’s house? One at a time! Each one is a person who Jesus died for. Bring one person at a time! That’s where you start. As a song puts it,

Bring one in, bring one in,
   Bring one in from the fields of sin;
Bring one in, bring one in,
   Bring the wandering one to Jesus.
   ("Bring Them In" by Alexcenah Thomas, 19th century;
     altered by Dr. Hymers).

The Bible says:

"Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God" (II Corinthians 5:20; p. 1233).

I am telling you today that Jesus Christ died on the Cross to pay the penalty for your sins. But He did not stay dead in the grave. He arose, literally and physically from the dead. He ascended into Heaven, and is alive, seated at the right hand of God Almighty. If you turn fully to Jesus Christ, He will save you from sin, and its penalty. Come to Jesus Christ, and He will save you – now! If you would like to speak with us about trusting Jesus, please come to the front of the room now. Amen.



A sermon written by Dr. R. L. Hymers, Jr.
and preached by Dr. Christopher L. Cagan

"When he arose, he took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt…And he arose, and took the young child and his mother, and came into the land of Israel" (Matthew 2:14, 21).

I.    First, Egypt is a type of the world, Genesis 12:10; Genesis 37:36;
Exodus 1:13-14; Exodus 12:41; Revelation 11:8;
Hosea 11:1.

II.   Second, must be forsaken, I John 2:15-16; II Corinthians 6:17-18.

III.  Third, Egypt must be evangelized, John 17:15,18; John 20:21;
Luke 14:23; II Corinthians 5:20.