Commentaries
English
Matthew
  
19Now when Herod was dead, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt,20saying, "Arise, take the young child and his mother, and go to the land of Israel, for those who sought the young child’s life are dead."21Then he arose, took the young child and his mother, and came into the land of Israel. (Luke2:39; John1:46)


God did not want Jesus to grow up in the Egyptian culture for a long time, so he directed Joseph through a third revelation in a dream to go back home. They were not to return to Bethlehem and not to the Jewish kingdom, but to the northern land of Israel, so that Jesus’ education might primarily take its roots from the Hebrew and Aramaic languages and from the principles of the Old Testament.
In all we do, it is good to see our way clear and plain with God going before us. We should not move one way or the other without his order.
The hand of God took Herod's life. Though kings, prophets and shepherds die, God, his Son Jesus and the spiritual body of Christ, which signifies his true followers, endure forever. If you are a true follower of Jesus and you fall into distress, be secure because he who believes in Jesus, the Living Lord, has eternal life.