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Angel Warns Joseph to Leave

The angel is the source of light in this moving painting by the great Dutch master Rembrandt. The sleeping figures of Joseph and Mary are vulnerable but sheltered. The animals in the background shadows add a sense of gentle peace.

1650-55 (oil on canvas), Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn (1606-69) Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest, Hungary / Interfoto / The Bridgeman Art Library

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Matthew 2:13-15

The Escape to Egypt

13 When they had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. "Get up," he said, "take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him." 14 So he got up, took the child and his mother during the night and left for Egypt, 15 where he stayed until the death of Herod. And so was fulfilled what the Lord had said through the prophet: "Out of Egypt I called my son."

Old Testament Prophecy

Hosea 11

God’s Love for Israel 1 "When Israel was a child, I loved him, and out of Egypt I called my son.