The Nativity: Joseph

Day 20: Joseph

“Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not wanting to make her a public example, was minded to put her away secretly.” ~Matthew 1:19. Have you ever though about the type of man Joseph was? Or how much this verse tells us about him? This verse tells us that Joseph was just a man. He didn’t know what was going to happen in the future, and would have made the mistake of divorcing Mary if the angel hadn’t visited him. He was an honorable man. He didn’t want to disgrace Mary, even though it appeared she had betrayed him and then blasphemed to cover it up. She could have been stoned, but she wasn’t. Why? Because Joseph showed her mercy. He was going to divorce her quietly, not because he felt she deserved it, but because he didn’t want to cause her shame. This alone tells us a lot about Joseph. He was demonstrating the same grace to Mary that God displays to us. Then when the angel visited Joseph he displayed an tremendous amount of faith and didn’t even challenge the angel, but married Mary without question. Then when Jesus was born Joseph loved and cared for him, like he was his own son. He held Jesus when he was baby, played with him when he was little, and taught him carpentry when he was older. He was an incredible, godly man of faith.  ~Ally

To end this devotional on Joseph I would like to share with you the lyrics to the son, “Joseph’s Lullaby” by Mercy Me.

Joseph’s Lullaby

Go to sleep my Son
This manger for your bed
You have a long road before You
Rest Your little head

Can You feel the weight of Your glory?
Do You understand the price?
Or does the Father guard Your heart for now
So You can sleep tonight?

Go to sleep my Son
Go and chase Your dreams
This world can wait for one more moment
Go and sleep in peace

I believe the glory of Heaven
Is lying in my arms tonight
But Lord, I ask that He for just this moment
Simply be my child

Go to sleep my Son
Baby, close Your eyes
Soon enough You’ll save the day
But for now, dear Child of mine
Oh my Jesus, Sleep tight

 

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