Matthew 1: God’s Yardstick – Joseph
Chagrined But Noble
Wednesday, January 27, 2016
We continue to see God’s yardstick in the New Testament.
The measure that Joseph presents to us might appear as an obstacle more than a help. We look more closely at the story of Jesus’ family.
The birth of Jesus took place like this. His mother, Mary, was engaged to be married to Joseph. Before they came to the marriage bed, Joseph discovered she was pregnant. (It was by the Holy Spirit, but he didn’t know that.) Joseph, chagrined but noble, determined to take care of things quietly so Mary would not be disgraced.
The yardstick that Joseph presents rises from his relationship with God, and gives us ground in which we can also rise and flourish.
While he was trying to figure a way out, he had a dream. God’s angel spoke in the dream: “Joseph, son of David, don’t hesitate to get married. Mary’s pregnancy is Spirit-conceived. God’s Holy Spirit has made her pregnant. She will bring a son to birth, and when she does, you, Joseph, will name him Jesus—‘God saves’—because he will save his people from their sins.”
The yardstick that Joseph offers is a generous and loving request for joy.
Then Joseph woke up. He did exactly what God’s angel commanded in the dream.
When Joseph is dismayed and disappointed he relies not on fear but on the gifts of decency, grace and goodness God has given to him. Joseph relies on the gift that all humanity possesses if we only care to open it . . . the gift of our own nobility.
Explore more of the Gospel of Matthew to learn more about Jesus’ earthly father, or visit: http://christianity.about.com/od/newtestamentpeople/p/josephprofile.htm
Tomorrow, John the Baptist.