Joseph takes Jesus and escapes to Egypt

An angel has a message for Joseph – “Go to Egypt.”

King Herod is searching for Jesus to kill him, because he thinks that Jesus could become king instead of him. After all, Herod was not of the line of King David and was not a Jew.

After the Magi leave, Joseph has a dream in which an angel tells him to take Mary and Jesus to Egypt. They leave immediately and do not come back until the angel tells him to return.

In those times Egypt extended well beyond the north side of the Suez Canal.

Background Reading: 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.”
Matthew 2:13-15

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