Summary: Are we obedient enough?
-How many here tonight made a New Years resolution?
-How many have already been broken?
-Do you know what the #1 resolution is every year?
-lose weight/get in shape
-Some others are to quit smoking, call grandma more, etc….
-How about adding one more?
-How about being more obedient to god?
-Well Scott what do you mean more obedient?
-I already study my bible, go to church, I even TITHE!!!!
-Hey that’s great!! But are you as obedient as you should be?
-I believe if you look a little closer you’ll find room for your
-you could even ask god
( read matt 1:18-25 )
-Whoa wait a minute!! This is Christmas scripture
-I think of obedient people Mary and Joseph come to mind
-They didn’t ask for what was about to happen to them
-they had options, the didn’t have to obey god
-Let’s look at Mary for a minute
-Here she was betrothed to Joseph, now in Jewish laws they were
legally bound together not like our common engagement
-it was broken only by divorce
-so here’s Mary not quite married… pregnant
-Now Nazareth was a small town
-small town gossip…..travels fast
-I grew up in a small town ,smaller than Moulton
-And I could get in trouble at the ballpark and dad would know
before I could get home
-Little Susie Mae dumped Bobby Joe on Sat. nite we all knew by
-and I bet the little ladies at the Nazareth beauty parlor was all in a
tizzy about Mary
-Mary knew the talks were coming…the whispers…the stares..
-this wasn’t going to be easy
-Mary had options… she didn’t have to obey God
-she could’ve put the baby up for adoption
-she could’ve left Joseph
-She could’ve pleaded with God not to do this to her
-this was much to pain to go through
-But Mary was obedient unto God
-God chose Mary for this divine task because she was pure
-Mary was obedient unto God during the inconvenient times
not just the convient times
-Maybe this is where room for improvement is
-Are you obedient to him during the incovient times or just during
the convient times
-Let’s talk about Joseph for a minute
-he finds out Mary is pregnant
-knows the child is not his
-Joseph hears the rumors, the whispers
-can you imagine what was going through his mind?
-in verse 19 it says Joseph was a righteous man and did not want to expose her public disgrace he had in mind to divorce her quietly
-now in my study text it says he would sign the necessary papers
and not have publicly judged and possibly stoned
-now in verse 20”an angel of the lord appeared to him in a dream
Son of David don’t be afraid to take Mary as your wife
because what is conceived in her is of the holy spirit.”
-but Joseph had options… he didn’t have to take Mary as his wife
-the gossip would only hurt their marriage
-the child wasn’t his anyway
-he could take her away and divorce her
-but Joseph was obedient unto god
-there were countless others through out the bible that
brave and obedient
- if you’ll turn to acts 7:54-60
-Stephen was talking the Sanhedrin
- they took Stephen out to stone him
-in verse 59-60
59) while they were stoning him, Stephen prayed lord