Herod the Great was a mixed race individual whose countenance resembled his Edomite father more than his Ishmaelite mother. His appearance was like that of Disney actress Naomi Scott. Based on the popularity and position of his Edomite/Caucasian father and his racially ambiguous appearance, he got approval from Rome to hold leadership positions in Judea and eventually appointed king of Judea.
Back in those days Judea and Israel were black nations, but Rome had conquered Judea in 63BC and therefore it became a client kingdom to Rome. Herod ruled over Judea, but he still had to answer to Rome. He was a very ruthless king who went above and beyond to maintain phalangeal clench on power and dominion. He even managed to augment his domain when he captured Jerusalem in the year 37BC and through architecture brought great beauty and value to the area.
When Herod learned of the significance of Yeshua and the tales of prophecies about this King of the Jews, coupled with the news of his birth, he was bewildered and threatened. Just like some of our societies today Herod was not white enough to lead in Rome and had to do all things possible to maintain leadership over the Jews/blacks. He was not willing to have a black man under his ruling to come up and replace him and so he sought to eliminate this prophesied king, committing mass murders in the process.
Yahweh/Elohim/Adonai-God has always protected his plan and people throughout time. He could have sent Joseph and Mary to any of the neighbouring nations, but was careful not to send a black family into nations where they would stick out like an untreated sore thumb. The Most High, in all his wisdom and perfect accuracy, sent them into Egypt where they could blend in perfectly and would less likely to be noticed as foreigners.
Herod passed away in the year 4 AD from a disease called gangrene, a severe tissue death that affected the skin of his genital. After his death the angel of the Lord told Joseph it was time to take Yeshua and his wife back to Israel, but owing to Judea being ruled by Herod’s son, they were to go into Galilee – Nazareth – instead of his birthplace –Judea.
I do hope this will help you understand Matthew 2: a bit more when you read it. Shalom!
By Roan A.O. Ennis