After leaving bethlehem, to which country did joseph, mary, and jesus travel – 2017

after leaving bethlehem, to which country did joseph, mary, and jesus travel

Bethlehem to Egypt

In Bethlehem, Jesus’ family is living in a home and NOT a stable (Matthew 2:11). The wise men (Magi) from the East, guided by a star (likely an angel), arrive to worship the King of Kings with Mary in attendance (verse 11). After the wise men leave, Joseph is told (in a dream) to flee to Egypt (verse 13). This is because Herod the Great will soon issue a command that all male children two years old and younger, in and around Bethlehem, are to be put to death (Matthew 2:16). Herod’s cruel actions fulfill a prophecy regarding the slaughter of innocent children.

15. Thus says the LORD, “A voice was heard in Ramah, lamentation and bitter weeping; Rachel (buried near Bethlehem, she was one of Jacob’s wives) weeping for her children; she refuses to be comforted for her children because they are not” (Jeremiah 5:15, HBFV throughout)

Their journey from Bethlehem to what is Egyptian-controlled territory (which was outside the jurisdiction of Herod) was at least 65 kilometers (40 miles).

The Journeys of Mary and Joseph

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