13 When the magi had departed, an angel from the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Get up. Take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod will soon search for the child in order to kill him.”14 Joseph got up and, during the night, took the child and his mother to Egypt. 15 He stayed there until Herod died. This fulfilled what the Lord had spoken through the prophet: I have called my son out of Egypt 16 When Herod knew the magi had fooled him, he grew very angry. He sent soldiers to kill all the children in Bethlehem and in all the surrounding territory who were two years old and younger, according to the time that he had learned from the magi.17 This fulfilled the word spoken through Jeremiah the prophet: 18 A voice was heard in Ramah, weeping and much grieving. Rachel weeping for her children, and she did not want to be comforted, because they were no more. (Matthew 2:13-18, CEB)
Joseph took Jesus and Mary and went to Egypt because God warned him that Herrod was going to try and kill Jesus.
So Herrod had all boys 2 years old and younger killed so that the boy the Magi were looking for would be dead, because that is how long ago the Star rose and the Magi started following it. Herrod slaughtered innocent babies to keep his power. Herrod slaughtered innocent babies out of fear.
What do we do to maintain our status? Our power? Out of fear?
How do our lives show God’s love to the world?