Saturday, January 30th, 2016
The Enemy's Game (Part 90)
Star Players: Joseph* (Husband of Mary)
Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: 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)
Mary's husband, Joseph, talked by his walk. In the Bible, this hero said nothing, but his actions gained him eternal fame. Because an engaged, 'ordinary' man, a laborer like his Son would become, had extraordinary faith and courage. Even before his angelic advice, 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 fiancé in a time when scandal was remembered. He protected her and sheltered God's Son.
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) He heard angelic messages twice more: once urging their 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 acted in 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 significance of duty. Maybe the beauty in building things. Maybe the danger in worldly degrees. Maybe that mercy supersedes judgment. Maybe that silence speaks louder than words. Maybe that actions are God's bottom line.
To Be Continued...
* 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
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the The Enemy's Game series.