So Matthew dives right into the birth of Jesus after he gets through the genealogy portion of the text.
An angel comes to Joseph. Verse 18-20 says this:
His mother, Mary, had promised Joseph to be his wife but while she was still a virgin she became pregnant through the power of the Holy Spirit. Her fiance’, Joseph, was a righteous man full of integrity and he didn’t want to disgrace her but when he learned of her pregnancy he secretly planned to break the engagement. While he was still debating with himself about what to do, he fell asleep and had a supernatural dream. An angel from the Lord appeared to him and said “Joseph, descendant of David, don’t hesitate to take Mary into your home as your wife because the power of the Holy Spirit has conceived a child in her womb.”
A lot here. A little behind the scenes from the notes in the Passion translation. They say this.
In the Jewish culture the engagement was a prenuptial contract, a ketubah, which was entered into before witnesses, that gave legal rights over the girl to the bridegroom. The engagement period was usually entered into when the girl turned 13. Mary was just a teenager when she gave birth to Jesus. When Matthew says Holy Spirit in verse 18, it can be translated as “The Sacred Breath or Spirit or Wind” or “the Spirit of Holiness”.
We learned about this “breath” during our retreat last October.
So Mary was filled with this Sacred Breath.
When Joseph says that he was considering breaking off the engagement, in the culture and the time, this was just like saying that he wanted a divorce. Something that was very much frowned upon.
Theres so much to this and we’re only 3 verses into the story of Jesus’ birth. But…think about how incredibly brave Mary was. How strong she had to be for all of this to happen to her and for her to actually go through with it. How brave Joseph was. This very young couple providing a way for the Saviour of the world to enter this world.
This is where you have to say that ego didn’t not play a part in this at all. They were humble, willing and receptive servants of God.
An example was set even before Jesus arrived.