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Joseph’s Obedience

Mat 1:20 But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.
Mat 1:21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.
Mat 1:22 Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying,
Mat 1:23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.
Mat 1:24 Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife:
Mat 1:25 And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS.

 

I started a little series on Joseph and I want to continue it today.  I have listed the first 4 points.  I will add one more.

1. Joseph did right, even when his ancestors and relatives did wrong.

2. Joseph reacted slowly.

3. Joseph respected Mary, even when he didn’t trust her.

4. Joseph waited and thought about what should be done, before he did anything.

5. Joseph obeyed God.  I want to point out a few things on this point:

1. He had to listen, to hear the instructions.  Sometimes we disobey God and do not intend to disobey, because we are to busy talking and not listening.  Have you ever told your child to be quiet so that they can listen to your instructions?  That is what God feels.  By the way, were you listening in church yesterday?  Were you in church yesterday?  God is talking, the question is Are you listening?

2. He obeyed, even when others did not understand.  This can be hard when you have loved ones looking at you like you are crazy.  If God tells you to do something then you should do it.  By the way, make sure it is God telling you to do it and not yourself convincing you that what you want to do is of the Lord.

3. He experienced embarrassment from obeying God.  Sometimes God’s instructions embarrass our pride.  That is ok, because our pride will destroy us.  If you do not understand what I mean, then do right in front of others that are not doing right.  They will not make you feel good.  The Will of God is not embarrassing at all, but fulfilling it in the eyes of those who do not understand God’s will can be embarrassing.  Joseph walked around with a pregnant fiance, at a time when that was shameful.  Will you be willing to sacrifice your pride for God’s will?

December 12, 2011 Posted by | Devotional, Sunday School | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Revealed Respect

Mat 1:16  And Jacob begat Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ. 

Mat 1:18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.
Mat 1:19 Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a publick example, was minded to put her away privily.
Mat 1:20 But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.

I started a little series on Joseph yesterday and I want to continue it today.  I have listed the two points from yesterday.  I will add one more.

1. Joseph did right, even when his ancestors and relatives did wrong.

2. Joseph reacted slowly.

3. Joseph respected Mary, even when he didn’t trust her.  The custom back then with two people getting engaged or “espoused” was to wait 9 months to a year for a “proving time” for the woman to show that was “pure, chaste, and honorable.”  If she was impregnated before she was married, then the “waiting period” would reveal it.  If this happened, the man espoused to her would take her before the city and expose her and she would bear the shame for not being a virgin.  Joseph found out that she was pregnant and loved and respected her so much that he was not willing to make her a public example-verse 19.  Even in his broken heart, Joseph still did right by Mary.  I often ask myself what I would have done in that scenario, and I probably would not have reacted as good as Joseph did.  Here we have another example that it is never ok to do wrong even when it seems justifiable.

I believe that God knew how Joseph would react when put in this situation; that is why Joseph got used by God in such an miraculous way!  I could imagine that Joseph was probably feeling some stress at this point, and he revealed to everyone that he was a “Just Man” and that he can be trusted by God with Baby Jesus.  Do you think God would just put Jesus in any home?  No Way, Jose!  God  put Jesus in THE home that He could trust to raise His son right!  How about you?  How will you react to things that are tough?  Will you buckle under pressure or will you shine through like Joseph did?

 

December 8, 2011 Posted by | Devotional, Sunday School | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Joseph the Just

 

Mat 1:16  And Jacob begat Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ. 

Mat 1:18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.
Mat 1:19 Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a publick example, was minded to put her away privily.
Mat 1:20 But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.

I love Christmas!  I love the Bible verses that tell us of the story of Jesus coming down on the earth.  Matthew chapters 1 & 2 and Luke chapter 2 are the main passages where the Christmas story comes from.  These verses are so rich with things that are beneficial to us today; I want to share a few thoughts with you concerning the verses listed above:

1. Joseph did right, even when his ancestors and relatives did wrong.  Joseph was in line to be king of Israel, but because his relatives before him lived wickedly; he suffered.  Joseph, in our reasoning, could have been justified in being bitter, but he wasn’t.  Joseph was more interested in being “Just”.  That means holy, equitable, and fair.  What will you do…How will you respond when you have to suffer from someone else “messing-up”?  How will you respond when your loved ones mistreat or abuse you?  Joseph responded correctly and God had respect for Joseph and used him to train God’s only Begotten Son.  That is very amazing considering that God could have chosen anyone!

2. Joseph reacted slowly.  In verse 20, he thought about what his reaction could be and should be to Mary being pregnant.  He didn’t know that it was the Holy Ghost that did it.  Even if Mary explained it to him, He probably still would not have believed her; still, he reacted slowly.  Slow reactions lead to better reactions.  Those who fly off the handle and over-react to life are in for a harder life.  Bad reactions only complicate the matter.  In our anger and hatred, we convince ourselves that over-reacting will solve the problem.  It only complicates the situation and makes a bad situation into a horrible situation.  When something happens that is out of your control, remember to react slowly.

December 7, 2011 Posted by | Devotional, Sunday School | , , , , , | Leave a comment