The Return From Egypt | Gospel of Matthew 2: 19 – 23

19 When Herod died, an angel of the Lord suddenly appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt and said, 

20 “Get up, take the child and his mother, and go to the land of Israel, for those who were seeking the child’s life are dead.” 

21 Then Joseph got up, took the child and his mother, and went to the land of Israel. 

22 But when he heard that Archelaus was ruling Judea in place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there. And after being warned in a dream, he went away to the district of Galilee. 

23 There he made his home in a town called Nazareth, so that what had been spoken through the prophets might be fulfilled, “He will be called a Nazarene.

Summary – Joseph’s return from Egypt

In Matthew chapter 2, verses 19-23, the narrative continues with Joseph’s return from Egypt with Mary and Jesus.

After Herod’s death, an angel appears to Joseph in Egypt, instructing him to return to the land of Israel with his family.

Joseph obeys and sets out for Israel. However, upon hearing that Archelaus, Herod’s son, now reigns in Judea, Joseph is afraid to go there.

In another dream, he is directed to the region of Galilee. So Joseph settled his family in the town of Nazareth in Galilee, fulfilling what the prophets said that Jesus would be called a Nazarene.

This passage underscores Joseph’s obedience to divine guidance and the fulfilment of prophecy in Jesus’ life, specifically his association with Nazareth.