JOSEPH: A JUST MAN.
Christmas is creeping up on us bit by bit and oh what better time than this to remind ourselves about the birth of our Lord and Saviour cute baby boy Jesus. I wasn’t there but yes I know my baby Jesus was cuuteeee! He literally put the ‘e’ in Cute???. Anyway, so I can bet you, a number of churches and schools are planning for carol services. Rehearsals and role playing for the ever famous and never archaic play of the birth of our cute baby Jesus are in session.
The highlight of all these festivities is primarily about how Mary carried the saviour into this world with all the consequences that came with it and how the saviour finally came into this side of eternity. But today, the spotlight falls on Joseph, and as a matter of fact, this month is our month of celebrating mighty men of valour. Prepare yourself to be wowed!!
Bible makes us understand that Joseph was born of a man named Jacob, of the genealogy of Abraham and David. Actually all generations from Abraham unto David are fourteen, and from David until the carrying away in to Babylon are another fourteen generations. The birth of Christ is another fourteen generations from the exile into Babylon. If my maths are accurate, from Abraham to the birth of Jesus is a whooping forty-two generations.
The importance of Joseph in the birth of Jesus Christ has been undermined. Mary has been seen to be the chosen one and has amassed all the praise and recognition as such. However, it actually isn’t so.
Joseph, as we have seen already, was a descendant of the great King David, the man after God’s own heart. The King to whom God promised that he would never want a man to sit upon his throne. In other words, his throne will know no end!
Jeremiah 33:17 For thus saith the LORD; David shall never want a man to sit upon the throne of the house of Israel;
This same prophecy was given by the Prophet Isaiah when He prophesied about the birth of Jesus Christ.
Isaiah 9:7 Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.
We’ll need some other time to discuss this promise made to David, but today, Joseph is our man.
Mary was espoused to be married to Joseph, a descendant of David. Jesus had to be born out of this lineage.
Matthew 1:1 The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.
According to theologians, Joseph was the only man from that lineage at the time this prophesy needed to be fulfilled. That is to say that when the set time came, Joseph of House Jacob, of the lineage of David was found to be a just man, therefore qualified to fulfill this prophesy.
I’ve always said that Mary was not the only virgin present at that time. Neither was she the only virgin espoused to be married at the time. But why was she chosen? Ride along!
Matthew 1:18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.
Yes, Mary was chosen because she was the maiden espoused to Joseph, the primary career of the prophesy. Maybe, just maybe, Mary and Joseph’s engagement was divinely orchestrated. The favour found Mary automatically because of Joseph’s genealogy and connection to the prophesy about the birth of baby Jesus.
This points me in the direction of my first lesson :
THE PEOPLE YOU ASSOCIATE WILL MAKE YOU OR BREAK YOU:
Bible says bad company corrupts good morals. In the same vein, there are people you associate with, who add value to you or devalue you. God forbid, if Mary was espoused to Barabas or Naboth, this favour wouldn’t have found her. In choosing the people you relate with, choose them well. Be it friends, partners and most importantly spouses. There are people who carry certain spirits that drain you on every side. Don’t just don’t feel obliged to let everyone into your circle and don’t feel bad about it. Let them say you see yourself. You know what you want you want and so you associate with like minded persons.
Matthew 1:19 Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privily.
Joseph had every moral right to let go of Mary or disgrace her publicly. No wait, actually he didn’t, but most of us think that because we do that. You dated that boy, things didn’t work out. Respect yourself enough and what you shared with that fellow and shut up! Your friendship with someone broke out. If you can’t talk to them about what you feel inside, shut up. I feel we aren’t very honest with ourselves especially with our friends and what we feel towards them.
Be just. Things didn’t workout between you and that friend or boyfriend, don’t go spreading rumours about them. Better still, you don’t owe people any explanation, don’t go explaining yourself trying to be the better person. Because guess what, in trying desperately to look good, you’re making the other person appear terrible, which in most situations is the other way round.
These are the two main lessons I was able to discuss with you. There’s a lot more to come this November, in our month of celebrating mighty men of valour.