Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain. 1 Cor. 15:58


Saturday, December 3, 2011

day 167: Joseph's Lullaby

LUKE 1:9-25

Joseph, her fiancé, was a good man and did not want to disgrace her publicly, so he decided to break the engagement[h] quietly.
20 As he considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream. “Joseph, son of David,” the angel said, “do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife. For the child within her was conceived by the Holy Spirit. 21 And she will have a son, and you are to name him Jesus,[i] for he will save his people from their sins.”
22 All of this occurred to fulfill the Lord’s message through his prophet:
23 “Look! The virgin will conceive a child!
She will give birth to a son,
and they will call him Immanuel,[j]
which means ‘God is with us.’”
24 When Joseph woke up, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded and took Mary as his wife. 25 But he did not have sexual relations with her until her son was born. And Joseph named him Jesus.


Yesterday, we talked about how Mary might have felt. Today, I want to focus on Joseph.

Joseph had to be a good man.

There aren't many men in the world who wouldn't publically disgrace their 'cheating' fiance once he found out she was pregnant... and especially in that day and time.  Joseph couldn't make himself marry her (I'm sure he had numerous reasons), but he didn't want to shame her either.  What a cool dude :)

He had to of been a godly man too.  When the angel appeared to him, he did exactly what was told to him. He allowed his wife to be a vessel for God while he supported her and helped her in anyway he could  Imagine if more modern men were like him.  What an inspiration he is!

I'm sure he had doubts and I know that he wasn't perfect, but I believe he did try to be the best husband he could be, and the best earthy father for God's son. What a calling that was!

Today's song brings tears to my eyes everytime I hear it. The story is that Mary is sleeping after Jesus is born and it is just Joseph talking to the son who is his... but who also isn't.  In the song, Joseph prays to God to let baby Jesus sleep peacefully, at least for that one night before the weight of the world falls on his shoulders.  You can just imagine Joseph, a proud Daddy, looking down at the new baby; praying for peace for just one night.  It literally breaks my heart.. but in a good way.  A much needed way.

Our 3rd song leading up to Christmas is "Joseph's Lullabye" by Mercy Me.

God Bless You,


1 comment:

  1. Beautiful ,I aften think about what a strong man joseph was and what he went thro during that time what went thro his mind, how bad people treated him exc God bless
    Ps this song is so nice