When the last king of Judah had been taken to Babylon, the remnant left in Jerusalem went to ask the prophet Jeremiah for a word from the Lord. His word was very clear: stay in Jerusalem and I will protect you; run to Egypt and the calamities you are running from will overtake you. In fear, the people fled to Egypt. The conflict of kings—whether to follow God’s ways and live as we were meant to live, or run from God and suffer the consequences—is still our conflict today. But we can invoke the power of Jesus’ victory over hopelessness and fear.