Matthew 1: 20-25: Why am I sharing the Christmas story from Matthew instead of Luke? Luke tells everything. Matthew talks about Joseph. If we back up to verse 18, we learn about the character of Joseph, He was a godly man. It reminds me of Boaz another godly man who married Ruth. Boaz did everything with Ruth according to the Law, but it is clear that he took time to seek God’s will in the manner. He did not rush to make a decision, neither did Joseph. He contemplated and obviously prayed about what to do about Mary’s condition.
It took me a long time to figure out what I am about to share. If we look around today, we see many children raised in single parent households. Many single parents work like crazy meaning the children are raising themselves. I know from personal experience it creates adults who are not sure how the opposite sex is supposed to behave. Let alone know how men and women of God should behave.
The Bible gives us perfect examples of good and bad character. Learning this sooner would have saved years of heartache. Following the Bible’s not only teaches us how to behave, but how the other sex should behave. Then we can seek out Godly mates meaning children with Godly parents.
The book of Matthew tells us that Joseph followed the Law, but had compassion. He was a man worthy of raising the King.
20 But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”
22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: 23 “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”).
24 When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. 25 But he did not consummate their marriage until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus.