I’m having problems with Hosea 11:1

Dec 11th, 2009 | By | Category: Questions You Ask (click for the full answer)

I’m having problems with Hosea 11:1.

Matthew says it is a prophecy for Christ’s flight to Egypt, but when I look at the verse in context, it looks nothing like a prophecy, let alone a Messianic prophecy. If you could help me that would be great. Thanks!

When Israel was a child, then I loved him, and called my son out of Egypt.  Hosea 11:1

Below is an exerpt from our verse by verse study on Hosea which please see.

Matthew 2:15 quotes the last part of verse 1: “Out of Egypt have I called my son.” God called Jesus out of Egypt after Joseph and Mary had taken him there to flee from the wrath of Herod.

Many Old Testament Scriptures that are quoted in the New Testament are only secondary applications of the actual picture, and that is the case with Matthew 2:15. Hosea 11:1 refers primarily to Ephraim and the nation of Israel, who were called out of Egypt in the Exodus.

With regard to Jesus, some Old Testament prophecies were a primary fulfillment in him, and others were secondary. Thus Old Testament prophecies in the New Testament often indicate that we should go back to where they were originally given, for buried in them is a picture of Messiah. Jesus was sent into Egypt so that he could be called back out of Egypt. The coming out of Egypt pictures the called-out ones (the ecclesia) of the Gospel Age. Thus Jesus, the Church, and Israel were all called out of Egypt either literally or symbolically.

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