The Return to Nazareth
when Herod died, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, 20 saying, “Rise, take the child and his mother and go to the land of Israel, for those who sought the child’s life are dead.”
21 And he rose and took the child and his mother and went to the land of Israel. 22 But when he heard that Archelaus was reigning over Judea in place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go
there, and being warned in a dream he withdrew to the district of Galilee. 23 And he went and lived in a city called Nazareth, so that what was spoken by the prophets might be fulfilled, that he would be called a Nazarene.
God’s revelation leads Joseph to take Mary as his wife. He later flees to Egypt and finally settles
permanently in Nazareth with God’s guidance. These events may have seemed confusing to Joseph, but God had a plan. All of the Lord’s leading was to fulfill OT prophecies. We do not always know where God is leading us, but we can be sure that He
will be with us and that His plans are for our good.
I pray: Loving Father, help me to pray with Jesus, “Your will be done,” and follow where
You lead. Amen.