FAITHFUL JOSEPH

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MUSINGS – December 23, 2018

FAITHFUL JOSEPH

Matthew 2:13-15
After they had left, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. The angel said to him, “Get up, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, because Herod intends to search for the child and kill him.” Joseph got up, took the child and his mother, and left for Egypt that night. He stayed there until Herod died. What the Lord had spoken through the prophet came true: “I have called my son out of Egypt.”

It is a good thing that God had given Jesus Joseph as a father. Had I been his father, I would have tried to negotiate with God. “Why do we need to go all the way to Egypt? There are plenty of countries a lot closer where we could hide. Plus I’ve got a business to run with steady clients. If we go that far away, I’ll have to try to make s living in a land where I don’t even speak the language.”

However, Joseph got up, took the child and his mother, and left for Egypt that night. He didn’t argue or make suggestion to God. He woke from his dream, gathered his family, and left for Egypt.

We here s lot about Mary being chosen by God to birth Jesus. I seldom think of how Joseph was also chosen to raise the Son of God to manhood. What an awesome task and responsibility Joseph was given.

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