After the Magi returned to there homes, it did not take Herod long to decide to make sure he protected his kingdom. Herod ordered his troops to kill all boys aged two and under born in and around the town of Bethlehem. This horrible feat, prophesied in Jeremiah, was not completed by some foreign enemy–no, it was done by Israel’s king.
God knew, however, and guided Joseph, Mary and Jesus away to safety in Egypt. They stayed there until Herod was dead and the hunt for Jesus was over. From there, God led them back to Nazareth, where, from all indications, the family built a very normal life. All the fanfare over, and all the danger past, Jesus was now being made ready to be in this world, and become it’s Savior.
In our lives, God carries us through great and dark times. He has a plan for us, according to his word, and wants us to have full and meaningful lives. But, as with the Savior, a good part of our lives are simply normal day-to-day living. The great news is, that as with Jesus, God is as interested in those normal days of our lives, as he is with the trials and the amazing events. He is always there and always cares about each event and happening.
Remember, we are never alone; and God is never surprised by the events in our lives. He loves us and knows the plan He has in place! (Jeremiah 29:11.)
God Bless You
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.”
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.”
The Return to Nazareth
19 After Herod died, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt 20 and 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.