Two Josephs

Tuesday, Dec. 23

There are two Josephs in the Bible. We mostly think of the second one only around Christmas time. Of course, the baby Jesus is the star of the show, and Mary would be high in the supporting cast. We do know a few things about Joseph. The Joseph in the O.T. is the star of that dramatic story while the Joseph of the N.T. is virtually ignored. But the two Josephs do have things in common. Both were men of character and had a close relationship with God. Both faced difficult situations. Both had to make crucial decisions under stressful conditions, decisions that were critical in God’s agenda for this world. The “second” Joseph showed a gentle and loving spirit. He did not want to embarrass Mary, whom he believed to be unfaithful to him. He wanted to put her away privately. He was quick to accept and obey the instructions that came through angels, including a flight to Egypt with their lives at stake at the hands of Herod. He took a secondary role graciously. He had to live with the Son of God living under his roof, rearing the young Jesus, teaching him carpentry among other things. And he passed off the scene without any further mention of him in Scripture. I believe that God picked him for his role just as much as He picked Mary for her role. Like the O.T. Joseph he is one of the heroes of the faith.
Tuesday, Dec. 23 Two Josephs
There are two Josephs in the Bible. We mostly think of the second one only around Christmas time. Of course, the baby Jesus is the star of the show, and Mary would be high in the supporting cast. We do know a few things about Joseph. The Joseph in the O.T. is the star of that dramatic story while the Joseph of the N.T. is virtually ignored. But the two Josephs do have things in common. Both were men of character and had a close relationship with God. Both faced difficult situations. Both had to make crucial decisions under stressful conditions, decisions that were critical in God’s agenda for this world. The “second” Joseph showed a gentle and loving spirit. He did not want to embarrass Mary, whom he believed to be unfaithful to him. He wanted to put her away privately. He was quick to accept and obey the instructions that came through angels, including a flight to Egypt with their lives at stake at the hands of Herod. He took a secondary role graciously. He had to live with the Son of God living under his roof, rearing the young Jesus, teaching him carpentry among other things. And he passed off the scene without any further mention of him in Scripture. I believe that God picked him for his role just as much as He picked Mary for her role. Like the O.T. Joseph he is one of the heroes of the faith.

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