Matthew 2 shows a battle of life and death between two very different men, both of whom I at times resemble:
Herod. Proud of his position. Angry when crossed. Deceitful when it serves his purposes. Sacrifices children, including his own, on the altar of jealousy and power. A clever opportunist who embraces and perpetuates the "way of the world."
Joseph. Of the royal line of Judah, but not hung up about it, or about speaking his mind or getting his own way. When God speaks, he listens. As God directs, he acts. Aware of real threats to his family, he protects his wife and children.
By God's grace I choose the way of Joseph. That's what I see, friends - your insights are welcome in the "comments" below.