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Summary: This is a sermon about the Time Jesus Sent in Egypt and the ideals Jesus may have developed while in living in the Coptic presences. The Sermon looks at some basic concepts that young men need to develop.

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December 29, 2013 [White]First Sunday after Christmas DayPsalm 148 (UMH 861)Hebrews 2:10-18St John 5th Sunday

Matthew 2:13-23

“The Best Schools are in Egypt”

Many kindred souls lived in Egypt at the time and Mary, Joseph and Jesus would have easily found refuge there. Matthew tells us only that the Holy family stayed in Egypt "until the death of Herod," an unspecified length of time. But a number of apocryphal tales fill in the details. These stories are especially important to the Egyptian Coptic Church which states that the Holy Family remained in Egypt for a little over three and a half years. Unfortunately, the U.S. will never boast a medieval university, as this country’s origins, established in 1776 with the Declaration of Independence, were formed when the oldest university in the world already was about nine centuries old. However The university as an autonomous self-governing institution first was developed as religious institutions (madrasahs) that originated in the medieval Islamic world. Al-Azhar University: This university, located in Egypt, is the world’s second oldest surviving degree-granting institute. Founded in 970-972, this university serves as a center for Arabic literature and Sunni Islamic learning. Al-Azhar university concentrates upon a religious syllabus, which pays special attention to the Quranic sciences and traditions of the Prophet Muhammad on the one hand, while also teaching all modern fields of science. Yet this was a combination of many older school all over Egypt.

In the Gospel of Matthew, we find the quotation from Hosea 11:1 which reads, "out of Egypt I called my son." The passage is part of the notorious "Flight into Egypt" if the holy family were indeed persons who looked like typical "Europeans," that they could effectively "hide" in Africa.

One must remember and take most seriously the fact that Egypt has always been and remains part of Africa. Her indigenous people are noticeably different from the European,

Jesus, his family, his disciples and, doubtless, most of the fellow Jews he encountered in his public ministry, were persons of color. They would certainly not be Europeans. Matthew makes sure to point this out

Matthew 1:1-14 The genealogy of Jesus in which four Afro-Asiatic women are included, viz. Rahab, Tamar, Ruth, and Bathsheba.

You see today in our text Matthew 2:13-18 Out of Egypt (Africa) have I called my son (see Hosea 11:1).

And even later in the text Matthew 12:42 The Queen of the South, meaning "the Queen of Sheba" (parallel reference in Luke 11:31; compare 1 Kings 10:1-10 and 2 Chronicles 9:1-9).

And Matthew 27:32 Simon of Cyrene compelled to carry the cross (parallel accounts in Mark 15:21 and Luke 23:26).

So I wonder What would a Young Jesus Need to learn in Egypt about Being Black that would help him in Life.

(Ill.) Let me see if I can set this up there was a plain crash up north in the mountains somewhere and when the rescuers found the victims they were broken hatred because they discovered a little boy that had die and realized that the crash had not killed him but that he had died from starvation, now what made this even more traumatic is he had died not from the impact of the crash but he died from starvation and only feet away where dried food and bottled water. Watch it he died not from the impact of the crash but he died in a real sense not knowing what he had going on for him. If only he had known what he had going for him he would have survived the crash.


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