SynopsisIn the last chapter, the Wise Men came to visit Jesus, via Jerusalem—whereupon Herod heard about this new “King of the Jews,” and got very worried about competition in the king department.
In this chapter, the Wise Men leave, but an angel appears to Joseph in a dream, and warns him that Herod wants to “destroy” the child, so Joseph and the family should therefore hightail it to Egypt, until the angel calls them back. So they do, and remain there until Herod’s death.
We’re told that this series of events is fulfilling a prophecy from Hosea 11:1:
Out of Egypt I called my son. (Hosea 11:1b (ESV))