Story of Jesus 4
Flight Into Egypt
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Herod had not been honest in saying that he wanted to go and worship
Jesus. He feared that the Saviour would grow up to be a king, and take his
kingdom from him.
He wanted to find the child, that he might have Him put to death.
The wise men prepared to return and tell Herod. But the angel of the Lord
appeared to them in a dream, and sent them home another way.
"And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord
appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and His
mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word: for
Herod will seek the young child to destroy Him." Matthew 2:13.
Joseph did not wait till morning; he rose at once, and with Mary and the
child, started by night on the long journey.
The wise men had given costly presents to Jesus, and in this way God
provided for the expenses of the journey and their stay in Egypt, until they
should return to their own land.
Herod was very angry when he found that the wise men had gone home
another way. He knew what God by His prophet had said about Christ's coming.
He knew how the star had been sent as a guide to the wise men. Yet he was
determined to destroy Jesus. In his wrath he sent soldiers to kill "all the
children that were in Bethlehem, . . . from two years old and under."
How strange that a man should fight against God! What an awful scene this
slaying of the innocent children must have been! Herod had before done many
cruel things; but his wicked life was soon to end. He died a terrible death.
Joseph and Mary remained in Egypt till after the death of Herod. Then the
angel appeared to Joseph, and said, "Arise, and take the young child and
His mother, and go into the land of Israel: for they are dead which sought the
young child's life." Matthew 2:20.
Joseph had hoped to make his home in Bethlehem, where Jesus was born; but
on coming near to Judea, he learned that a son of Herod was reigning in place of
This made Joseph afraid to go there, and he did not know what to do; so
God sent an angel to instruct him. Following the directions of the angel, Joseph
returned to his old home in Nazareth.