Summary: A Christmas time message about Joseph
Holy Days, Holy People
Joseph: Do your actions speak as loud as your words?
-Have you ever thought much about the Nativity scene? Most of you own one or have seen one before.
-Everyone knows about Mary, and baby Jesus, and the angel Gabriel. We know a lot about the Wise Men from a distant land.
-We know about the Shepherds, and we even know about the cattle…the cattle were “lowing”. But what about Joseph.
-Standing in the background watching over the manger.
-Today we’re talking about a mysterious Xmas character:
-Most of us would consider Joseph to be a key player in the Bible, but we know very little about him.
-He was a carpenter. (Mt 13:55)
-He was a skilled laborer, a craftsman, probably physical & strong.
-From his genealogy in Matt 1 we see Joseph was….
-A descendant of King David. (Mt 1:6, Is 11:1)
-That was an important detail because Isaiah 11:1 predicted the Messiah would come from the line of David.
-In fact, Mary and Joseph were both descendants of David.
-When they dedicated baby Jesus they offered two doves at the temple. This gives us an important detail about Joseph:
-He was poor. (Lk 2:24, Lev 12:8)
-When you had a baby the required offering was a lamb, but the poor were allowed to bring a pair of doves or pigeons.
-Perhaps the most startling fact about Joseph is that he is the only character in the Christmas story who didn’t speak.
-Nothing Joseph said was recorded.
-He had no lines in the Xmas play! He’s kind of an extra.
-His words to the angel Gabriel weren’t recorded.
-His words to Mary weren’t recorded.
-Nothing he said to Jesus was recorded for us to read.
-And yet Joseph has been revered through the ages as a Bible hero and a man of great faith. Why?
-Because what he did, not what he said, reveals everything we need to know about him.
Matthew 1:18 This is how Jesus the Messiah was born. His mother, Mary, was engaged to be married to Joseph.
-Joseph was godly in his engagement. (Mt 1:18a)
-Joseph had probably been waiting to marry Mary for a long time.
-He did what God-fearing Jewish men were supposed to do.
-Their marriage would have been arranged while they were young
-In Mary’s day a girl’s marriage was often arranged at age 2.
-Can you imagine? What do you think of this one son? Well she’s drools, and throws temper tantrums and isn’t really potty trained!
-But then again I’m only six, and I still sleep with the light on.
-The marriages were arranged very young but the official engagement would occur around 12 years old and the wedding could happen as early as 6 months after the engagement.
-The men were usually engaged at 16 years old so it’s very feasible that Joseph was a young man as well.
-It’s hard for us to accept this practice but it was a different time, & a different culture. Lifespans were short, people grew up quick
-While we wait to fall in love with someone before we get married, they got married and then decided to love each other.
-And divorce was practically non-existent: Go figure!