Have you noticed that there are not many sermons on the life of Joseph, Jesus´ stepdad? I have been meditating on his life lately, and I have come to the conclusion that God did indeed pick the right man to be Jesus’ earthly father.
But of course, God is always right!
The Bible does not say much about him, but from we do read we can gather quite a bit of information.
Joseph was a just man, full of integrity. When he found out his betrothed Mary was with child, he did not make any rash decisions.
He was quiet about it.
The Bible does not tell us how he found out, but he did.
A Jewish betrothal was as binding as modern marriage. A divorce was necessary to terminate the betrothal, and betrothed couples were regarded legally as husband and wife even before their physical union.
By law, Mary could have been stoned for falling pregnant before marriage.
But something grabbed my attention, the word says Joseph thought about these things. In other words, Joseph was not rash, he took the time to think and meditate about what was going on.
Could it be he thought about Mary being pregnant, knowing it was out of character for her?
He was also thinking about how to put her away, as to not embarrass her.
But then the Angel showed up in a dream and told him to take Mary as his wife. Joseph believed and obeyed.
Oh, how many quick decisions I have made without taking them to prayer. I am sure I could have saved many a headache and error if I would have just stopped to pray about it, and not be quick to judgment.
Because Joseph did not act quickly, he was able to receive the right answer from the Lord through a dream, and that settled it for him. He did not doubt but believed.
Here is another lesson for me, believe the Lord when he tells me or show me something, never doubting.
Joseph played a key role in the life of Christ. He was key because Jesus grew up with an earthly father, he learned a trade, he was just and Joseph protected his mother and him by obeying the Lord in regard to his dreams and fleeing when needed to.
- Jesus protects his Bride.
- Jesus is just and righteous
- Jesus is honorable
Matthew 1:25 and did not know her till she had brought forth her firstborn Son. And he called His name JESUS.
God picked the perfect man to be Jesus’ earthly father.