The Escape to Egypt
13When they had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. “Get up,” he said, “take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him.”
14 So he got up, took the child and his mother during the night and left for Egypt, 15 where he stayed until the death of Herod. And so was fulfilled what the Lord had said through the prophet: “Out of Egypt I called my son.”[c]
16 When Herod realized that he had been outwitted by the Magi, he was furious, and he gave orders to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were two years old and under, in accordance with the time he had learned from the Magi. 17 Then what was said through the prophet Jeremiah was fulfilled:
18 “A voice is heard in Ramah,
weeping and great mourning,
Rachel weeping for her children
and refusing to be comforted,
because they are no more.”[d]
The Return to Nazareth
19 After Herod died, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt 20and said, “Get up, take the child and his mother and go to the land of Israel, for those who were trying to take the child’s life are dead.”
21 So he got up, took the child and his mother and went to the land of Israel. 22 But when he heard that Archelaus was reigning in Judea in place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there. Having been warned in a dream, he withdrew to the district of Galilee, 23 and he went and lived in a town called Nazareth. So was fulfilled what was said through the prophets, that he would be called a Nazarene.
These two passages describe the flight of the Christ from his birth place, into Egypt, then back into Israel. What is striking to me in these two passages is God’s protection of the Christ. God takes care of his son by covering all bases. The Magi in the previous chapter are instructed not to go back to Herod but to return by another route. Before Joseph knew of the danger, God sent angels to him in a dream with instructions. When it was safe to return, God’s angel spoke to Joseph again. Christ would have know the love of His Father from a very early age (presumably Joseph told His son of this when he could understand, but possibly Jesus understood even then). It makes sense to me that God the Father would do this for His son, a father should always protect his son. What I like about this here is that He treats Jesus this way out of love. The bible tells us that Jesus loves us and knows the love of his Father. We are His children, would not he do the same for us? To me this passage shows once again that when we are in His hands, our life is as he wants it. We need not worry about trials here and there with that knowledge. If we see those trials through, our faith is stronger for it and we can praise God for His blessing. If we do not see them through we can take comfort in the fact that we belong to Him and will be called to Him in the end.