After visiting and gifting their treasures to baby Jesus, the wise men were warned by God in a dream not to return to Herod. Despite Herod’s orders to return and inform him where Jesus was located, they left to their own country taking a different route and faithfully obeyed their dream.
Later that night, Joseph had a frightening dream where an angel of God appeared to him.
“Wake up and take Mary and the baby to Egypt and stay there until I tell you further,” the angel said. “Herod is looking for your child and wants to kill him.”
Joseph immediately heeded the warning from the angel and woke up to take Mary and Jesus far away to Egypt. After walking for many miles, they arrived in Egypt and remained there until Herod died.
Back in Bethlehem, Herod was furious when he realized the wise men disobeyed him and would never return. Believing he was supposed to be the only king, he could not let the people believe the newborn Savior to be a king, too. This led to giving out the evilest order.
“Kill any and all babies that are two-years-old and under in Bethlehem,” Herod ordered.
Sadness and mourning swept over the land with mothers crying for their children who were no longer alive.
When Herod finally died, an angel appeared to Joseph in a dream when they were still in Egypt.
“Get up and take your child and his mother to Israel. The people that tried to kill Jesus are now dead,” He informed.
As they went their way to Israel, Joseph heard that Archelaus took over Judea in place of his father, Herod, and feared something bad would happen to his son. Joseph waited for direction and received more from the Lord when an angel appeared to him in a dream.
“Change paths and go to Galilee,” Joseph was directed.
They arrived in Nazareth, their home village, where the prophets’ words were fulfilled when they declared that Jesus would be called a Nazarene.