1.31.21 – Daily Dose of Worship. A study on Matthew. Part 5. Example.

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.

3 Comments

  1. Jonathan B on January 31, 2021 at 11:22 am

    If God calls you, listen and answer. He knows what you need before you know. Be humble and answer his calling. Lift up his name and rejoice in it.

  2. Brenda G. on January 31, 2021 at 1:32 pm

    I Love this.Because God knew the heart of both Joseph and Mary He Used them Mightily for the Savior of the World to Be Born,Humbly. I really think we can delve into Joseph’s take,that his integrity and willingness to follow God’s call on His (Our) Life,that He Was the Father to the King of the Universe(not in the normal way of conception),God showed Him humility in his very young life,young wife’s life.He did what most young men do now days,hide want out,no commitment to this Holy Spirit Conceived child(Christ Child),planning to divorce or dump Mary with the baby.But GOD…….Had The BIGGER plan and He made,Joseph,the Physical Father of Nations thru Jesus,Yeshua, Immanuel (GOD WITH US!) His SON& Spiritually ❗Joseph also Shared in The Blessings by staying the course With Mary!! Mary. And Baby Jesus have a most Wonderful Story! One I will NEVER get tired of telling or sharing.But I Feel That Joseph’s view point is untold,unshared Is just as important.I also feel it relates to the dumbing down of Males( the whole human race)in our world today!(We need to learn from Joseph’s Story)And How Men in power, are (thought to be)corrupt,instead of humble and integral and honorary (the way I was raised)& Loving,kind& good natured.Why God choose A Man & a Woman to Carry out His Mission for His Son JESUS to be Born❣️✝️For Such a TIME As THIS ❗ Allelujah🙏😇❤️

  3. Sherri H on February 1, 2021 at 10:27 pm

    Amen to be half of what they were would be amazing thank you Jesus for everything

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