12 And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.
The Escape to Egypt
13 When 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]
I am a father of four children…
Each time one of my children was born I spent time just trying to get my brain wrapped around how I was going to take care of this little baby. Weeks! The thought of my child living in a country where he or she could be killed makes my hands sweat. I get all worked up about just making sure they’re okay day to day let alone trying to save them from imminent death!
There is some deeper significance to this part of the story… Let me explain.
Similar to Joseph, Israel & Moses, Jesus will now spend time in Egypt.
Joseph, Israel & Moses were the great biblical characters in God’s story. The people first reading this biblical account by Matthew would have likely been from Israel. They would have been familiar with the stories and traditions of their forefathers. The significance of Jesus going to Egypt paints a great picture of him (Jesus) becoming like…
1) Joseph who was sold into slavery and became the savior of His people
2) Israel, the father of the great nation of Israel who lived & led by faith
3) Moses, who led his people out of the clutches of evil to the promise land
Here we see Matthew painting a picture of the great significance Jesus will have in the pages of scripture to come. Jesus now a babe in the story would become a leader, man of faith & Savior of His people.