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  Constant Angel Care
Joseph and Mary leave for Egypt"He shall give his angels charge over thee." Psalm 91:11.

Herod was not honest when he said he wanted to come and worship Jesus. He feared that the Saviour would grow up to be a king, and take his kingdom from him. He wanted to know where he could find the child, so that he might have him put to death.

The wise men prepared to return and tell Herod. But the angel of the Lord appeared to them in a dream and sent them home another way.

“And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young Child and His mother, and flee into Egypt, and thou there until I bring thee word; for Herod will seek the young Child to destroy Him." Matthew 2:13.

Joseph did not wait till morning, but arose at once and started by night on his long journey. The wise had given costly presents to Jesus, and in this way God provided for the expenses of the journey and their stay in Egypt, until they should return to their own land.

Herod was very angry when he found that the wise men had gone home another way. In his wrath he sent soldiers to kill “all the children that were in Bethlehem, . . . from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently inquired of the wise men.”

How strange that a man should fight against God! What an awful scene this slaying of the innocent children must have been! Herod had done many cruel things before, and God allowed him to do this also; but he did not live to do many more wicked deeds; for he soon died a sudden and terrible death.

Joseph and Mary remained in Egypt till after the death of Herod. Then the angel appeared to Joseph, and said, “Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and go into the land of Israel; for they are dead which sought the young child’s life.” Matthew 2:20.

On coming near to Judea, he learned that a son of Herod was reigning in place of his father. This made Joseph afraid to go there, and he did not know what to do; but God sent an angel to instruct him.

Following the directions of the angel, Joseph returned to his old home in Nazareth. Here Jesus remained with Joseph and Mary till He was nearly thirty years old, and “subject unto them.” Luke 2:51.