We have just come out of the Christmas season. Our topic advances the cause and value of the incarnation. Christmas is a one – time event, but its effects will last until time is transformed into eternity. The mystery of the incarnation, which we celebrate at Christmas, is indispensable, thus every important aspect of the salvation history. This salvation follows a process initiated by God long ago in human history. It follows a plan that involves the movement of God’s chosen people, beginning from Abraham (Matt 1:1). The movement of the chosen people with Abraham represents God’s historical walk with his people as he leads them back to their “paradise lost”.
The movement of God’s people involves a place like Egypt. This nation plays a significant role in the life and movement of the chosen people. The nature of this role demonstrates that it is by no means fortuitous. For that reason, it can be said that it is for the mutual benefit of both, Israel and Egypt that their paths cross during God’s historical walk with the chosen people. The purpose of this walk is to restore them to the glory of the eternal life. Just as Israel needs a dramatic way, Matthew shows how this salvation is made available to all, Jews, Egyptians and the other non-Jews alike. The ultimate question lies in what each group and nation makes of its experience of salvation in Jesus. But the particular question is: Does Egypt enjoy any special privilege from God before and after her role in the history of salvation? If yes, what is the significance of such privilege and role for Egypt in particular and by extension to the African continent, to which Egypt belongs?
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Rev. Fr. Ekong