When Herod died, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt. “Get up!” the angel said. “Take the child and his mother back to the land of Israel, because those who were trying to kill the child are dead.” So Joseph got up and returned to the land of Israel with Jesus and his mother. But when he learned that the new ruler of Judea was Herod’s son Archelaus, he was afraid to go there.
Joseph continues to be guided by God in his dreams. Normally we hear from God through the scriptures, hearing the word taught and preached, through study, and through our own prayer life. God’s main way to speak to us is in our thoughts.
Why is it different with Joseph? Well, we don’t need to assume he is not hearing from God on a regular basis. Undoubtedly he is because he is a faithful man. But, there are some things Joseph needs to know that he can know no other way. If the holy family is isolated in Egypt, how else are they going to get news concerning Herod?
So they return to Judea. In other words to Bethlehem which is in Judea. It seems they won’t be going back to Nazareth after all. Except that Joseph hears Herod’s son is now ruler. Jesus is still in danger! Now what do they do?
It is a father’s place to support and protect his family. Joseph is such a great example of this. But his heroism doesn’t come from his great strength or wisdom. The reason Joseph is such a strong father is he has a strong father. God his Father. The human Jesus is protected by his human father who is protected by his heavenly Father. This is the most important thing fathers can do in the lives of their children. Be a model of trust and openness to God.
Who has been an important man in your life?