Archive for May 10th, 2017

Matthew 1

Matthew 1 gives us the lineage of Jesus.  It begins with Abraham and runs through David.  It certainly isn’t filled with everyone being the stellar example of godliness and holiness.  There were plenty of faults to go around.  Yet God chose to bring His son into the world through this line of sinners and people that fell short.  Fourteen generations are captured here, and Joseph was Jesus father while on this earth.

Along the journey these generations had many problems including “deportation to Babylon” among other things.  Matthew tells us “the birth of Jesus Christ took place this way”.  It was a bit unconventional to say the least.  Joseph and Mary were engaged to be married, but there was a problem that Joseph discovered – she was pregnant and they hadn’t “came together” yet.  By today’s standards that may not be such a big deal, but it certainly was in their day.  In fact, it was certainly grounds for breaking off the engagement at the least.

But Joseph “being a just man and unwilling  to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly”.  He wasn’t going to make a big deal out of it, but certainly wasn’t going to pretend like it wasn’t a problem either.  Joseph’s plan was to end things before they even began.  That was his plan, that is, until the Holy Spirit shows up in a dream and tells him that there was a different plan and that Mary was going to bear a son that was “conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit”.  Can you imagine receiving that message?

But Joseph not only listened, but when he woke up, “he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him: he took his wife, but knew her not until she had given birth to a son. And  he called his name Jesus”.  The Spirit had told him that Jesus would save his people from their sins.  I am sure he didn’t really understand all that he was about to experience, but he must have understood enough to know that the message was directly from God and he had a serious role to play in that plan.  Rather than run from God, He ran to God, married Mary and together fulfilled God’s plan.

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