Have you ever thought of how you sometimes spend a ridiculous amount of time looking for what was on the center table? Or maybe looking for your glasses while they were on your head?
That’s similar to this hero of faith here. He gets overlooked a lot but his name can never be wiped from the history books, especially at Christmas time, give it up ladies and gentlemen for the one, and only Joseph the Humble Carpenter!
Righteous & Tender-hearted:
In ancient Israel virginity was a treasured virtue. It was a must have before marriage. So imagine young Jo, a good Jew who obeyed God to the core, finding out his fiancé was pregnant. I see him hurt and badly confused, “Did she ever love me?” “Why would Mary do this to me?” “I thought she was who she claimed to be.” Or “I’ll never trust another woman again.”
In that kind of pain, he could have done something rash and publicly disgraced the innocent Virgin Mary. Perhaps remembering what God was like in His faithfulness and forgiveness, young Jo secretly ended the engagement. He was kind enough to value her image even after he thought she hurt him in the worst way imaginable.
“Joseph, Son of David, don’t be afraid to take Mary as your wife, because what has been conceived by her is by the Holy Spirit.”
Now, after heartbroken Jo had divorced the love of his life, he gets a dream that reveals she’s innocent and he should go ahead and marry her. That takes faith. He could have brushed it aside as a hallucination or chickened out to protect his reputation but he didn’t. His faith stood so firm that after he was warned in another dream to flee the country, he left to a foreign land without hesitation; possibly with no money or enough preparation for eloping.
When he heard that Archelaus was ruling over Judea in place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there but being warned in a dream, he withdrew to Galilee. Matt 2:22
Fearing for the safety of his family, he did not want to go where they could be hurt.
Coupled with his patience and concern for Jesus when He was left in the temple, young Jo grew up to be one of the best fathers ever.