On Monday I started a series here leading up to Christmas titled, "God Chose..." I shared how God chose Mary and today I'm going to spend some time sharing how God chose Joseph.
Here's a little background on Joseph for you from Mathew 1: 18-24. He was engaged to Mary and found out she was pregnant. His first assumption was that she had cheated on him. Joseph was a man who was faithful to the law, however, had a mind to divorce her quietly.
I wondered what "faithful to the law meant" and found though study that it was common to stone a woman to death for cheating. Joseph knew this, but did not want this fate for her. God chose a man who was kind, honoring, and who didn't wish harm on another person. I feel like this speaks volumes to who we should be as well, even when "wronged," as Joseph assumed he was, he didn't try to be vengeful. He was willing to walk away, and I'm assuming forgive what he thought were Mary's indiscretions.
I think it can be so easy to want to get back at someone who has hurt you, to retaliate, to "get even," but that's not what God calls us to do. During Jesus' ministry he taught people to turn the other cheek. Don't repay wrong, with wrong. That was Jesus' and God's desire, and it turned out that was the character of Joseph too.
Before Joseph divorced Mary an angel came to him in a dream and said “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”
Yep, probably a pretty good reason to trust God here. God was Jesus' heavenly father, but he chose Joseph to be his earthy one. Joseph's character in regards to Mary shows the kind of man he was and the type of person we should strive to be as well.
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