Summary: I believe it’s a significant thing that even as God chose Mary to be the one who would give birth to the Son of God, that it’s also important God also chose Joseph to be a FATHER to Jesus and to raise Him into manhood. Mary and Joseph were chosen together to be parents.
THE FATHER GOD CHOSE FOR HIS SON
I believe it’s a significant thing that even as God chose Mary to be the one who would give birth to the Son of God, that it’s also important God also chose Joseph to be a FATHER to Jesus and to raise Him into manhood. Mary and Joseph were chosen together to be parents.
So, Joseph wasn’t just some afterthought in God’s plan. The reason God chose Joseph was because of his character the he showed toward Mary. Let’s look at some things the Bible tells us about this man Joseph.
Firstly, we note that he was:
I. A LOVING MAN.
The Scriptures draw the picture for us of a caring and affectionate man. And we can see this, first, in his relationship toward Mary.
a.) TOWARD MARY.
Look at MATTHEW 1:19 And Joseph her husband, being a righteous man and not wanting to disgrace her, planned to send her away secretly.
In Max Lucado’s book “A Love Worth Giving” he writes, Joseph finds out that Mary is pregnant. He hasn’t had any great revelation yet. What is he to think? What would YOU think if you were a man? You’ve fallen in love with this pretty young girl. You do all the right things. You pursue her in the proper customary way. You’ve talked with her about dreams for a future together. A house. A family. And then out of the blue you learn that this sweet girl (you thought you knew so well) is pregnant. NEWLY pregnant. And you don’t know who the father is - but there is one person you know you can rule out! How does it make you feel? Angry? Betrayed?
The penalty for adultery in the Old Testament was death by stoning. And this penalty applied to infidelity during betrothal as well as marriage. Upon discovery that Mary was pregnant, Joseph would have been obliged to divorce her (DIVORCE WAS REQUIRED TO BREAK OFF A ENGAGEMENT), and this would expose Mary to public shame and humiliation.
BUT, even before God spoke to Joseph - Joseph didn’t have any vengeance or bitterness in his heart. The Bible says: he “was minded to put her away privily”. (There were ways in which a divorce could be enacted very quietly, without the involvement of a judge, and Joseph was already considering the best way to do this.)
Joseph was a loving man toward Mary.
But we also see that Joseph was a loving man in his relationship toward Jesus.
b.) TOWARD JESUS.
When the child came along there was no attitude in Joseph that “THIS BOY ISN’T MY FLESH AND BLOOD”. There was no resentment or indifference toward Him; no lack of love at all.
JOSEPH ADOPTED JESUS AS HIS OWN. He protected Him from the hatred of Herod. He nurtured Him and cared for Him. Evidently he taught Jesus his own trade of carpentry.
TODAY, we find countless men who are willing to walk away from their roles as fathers. The Bible says in, 1 TIMOTHY 5:8 But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.
Joseph was a LOVING man. That’s the first thing that is clear. SECONDLY: Joseph was . . .