My, Devotion to Him #69
VERSE PASSAGE: Matthew 1:24 "When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife." - NIV
Much attention has been given to Mary. However, Joseph was quite a man of faith.
VERSE PASSAGE: Matthew 1:18 "This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit." - NIV
Verse 18 says that Mary was "found" with child, implying that the pregnancy was observed by Joseph, not explained to him by Mary. Joseph was more than likely tempted with the same thoughts that you or I would have been. How could she expect him to believe that this was a virgin birth? I mean really? Think about that one. Man finds his future wife with child and he knows he had not slept with her. There is some issues.
As special as Mary was, she had an equally special young man for a fiancé. Because how many men would have believed such an incredible story even if an angel had told them in a dream? It took a lot of faith on Joseph's part to stay with her and to actually listen to the angel.
This is the way it always is. Those who hear of the vision or call of God second hand have to exhibit an even greater faith than the person who received the word from the Lord directly.
The scriptures don't mention whether or not Mary ever attempted to convince Joseph of the truth. What would have been the use? Only God could make someone believe a story like this. It is to Mary's credit that she trusted God and to Joseph's credit that he believed God. Today, do as the Lord ask of you and trust God to take care of the rest.
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