Wednesday, September 25th, 2019
The Enemy's Game: God's All Stars--Joseph, The Carpenter
After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit. Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not wanting to make her a public example, was minded to put her away secretly. But while he thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, '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 1:18-21 (NKJV)
The Bible doesn't record this hero's words, but Joseph's acts gained him eternal fame. Joseph seemed like an ordinary man,* a laborer like his Son would become, but His kindness was extraordinary. Before his angelic reassurance, Joseph refused to denounce his betrothed, who had become pregnant--but not by him.
Consider Joseph's bold and quiet moves:
1) This man of integrity was content to marry Mary and live normally: to build a business and a family; to go to temple with friends and serve God.
2) But God pushed him out of this comfort zone to wed a very pregnant fiance. While others might condemn her to stoning, Joseph protected Mary and Jesus.
3) In Bethlehem, Joseph met awed shepherds and wise men who followed God's brightest Star. At His circumcision, he heard prophets proclaiming Jesus as their Messiah.
4) Angels directed Joseph two more times: once urging a quick retreat to Egypt and again with the time to return home. Joseph led his young family wisely.
5) Most scholars believe Joseph passed away before Jesus began His ministry. But during all of His formative years, Joseph carried out his role with honor.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: What can you learn from a carpenter?
Maybe the dignity in service.
Maybe the strength in humility.
Maybe the honor in protecting.
Maybe the importance of duty.
Maybe the beauty in building things.
Maybe the risk of worldly degrees.
Maybe the transcendence of mercy.
Maybe that silence means listening.
Maybe that actions rise above words.
## The Enemy's Game: God's All Stars--Joseph, The Carpenter (Part 90)
* Short article: Do You Trust Me? The Story of Joseph and Mary: https://bible.org/seriespage/11-do-you-trust-me-story-joseph-and-mary
* Short article: Joseph, Husband of Mary: http://www.biblestudytools.com/encyclopedias/isbe/joseph-husband-of-mary.html
NOTE: This series is a republished edit of a 2015 devotion series called, 'The Enemy's Game.' You may see notes to 'Actors, Models & Talent for Christ.' If you're not a performer, don't be deterred. In truth, every disciple acts for Christ, models Christ and stewards His talents.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the The Enemy's Game series.