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Monday through Friday with People of Faith: Day 200/260: Joseph

Read Matthew 1:18-25

God’s Family

A man who will raise someone else’s child as his own is a special kind of man. Even though he is not biologically related to the child, he still cares for him and wants the very best for him. Not every man is wired to fill that role. Joseph the carpenter, however, was one such man.

He was likely ridiculed about his situation. He claimed that he and Mary were innocent, and perhaps his friends and family believed that he never touched her, but what does that say about her morals? If she had never been with Joseph, then she must have been with someone else. That’s how a woman gets pregnant. The whispers. The stares. The rumors. Joseph put up with it all. Why?

He believed what the angel of the Lord said to him in his dream. “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21).

Joseph believed, and when he woke up, he “did as the angel fo the Lord commanded him and took to him his wife, and did not know her till she had brought forth her firstborn Son. And he called His name Jesus” (Mathew 1:24-25).

Like the confidence shown by Mary, Joseph had faith in God’s plan. He protected the young Jesus by fleeing from his home and hiding in Egypt until the death of Herod, who was paranoid that Jesus would take his place on earth as the King of the Jews. When Jesus was twelve years old and left behind in the temple, Joseph searched for him anxiously. He did everything a biological father would have done for his own child.

In the church of our Lord, we are brothers and sisters in Christ. We are family, even if there is no blood relation. We should care for one another as a spiritual family. “Do not rebuke an older man, but exhort him as a father, younger men as brothers, older women as mothers, younger women as sisters, with all purity” (1 Timothy 5:1-2).

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Day 126/260: Read Matthew 1

Taking note of the intended audience of a particular passage of Scripture helps in our understanding of it. Each gospel account had a different aim and a different audience in mind. Matthew the tax collector wrote his account with his Jewish brethren in mind.

This is one of the reasons that he begins his genealogy in chapter one with Abraham. Abraham was a central figure in the Jewish faith, the “father of many nations.” The Jews took great pride in their heritage.

Matthew also refers extensively to the prophets who were esteemed by the Jewish leaders. Isaiah prophesied of the virgin birth: “Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel” (Isaiah 7:14).

Matthew recalls this prophecy as he tells of the angel’s visit to Joseph, who says, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit.”

Focus on the meaning of the two names given for the Lord in this chapter: Jesus, meaning “Jehovah is salvation,” and Immanuel, meaning “God with us.” What a blessing to know that Jesus has the ability and the desire to save us, and it was love that brought Him into this wicked world for that purpose.

Memory (Read aloud 5-10 times)

Matthew 5:9. “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.”

Pray

Pray a prayer of thanksgiving for Christ’s love and mercy.