Saturday, June 25, 2011

My Favorite Father

The Angel said, Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to go ahead with your marriage to Mary.  For the child within her has been conceived by the Holy Spirit.  And she will have a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.  (Matthew 1:20-21 NLT)

   There are several reasons why I have to admire Joseph, Mary's fiance.  He did not get all bent out of shape when he learned that his young bride-to-be was pregnant.  He simply decided to break the engagement quietly.  When the Angel appeared to him and explained the situation he graciously accepted the news and went ahead with the marriage.  I find it noteworthy the the Angel told Joseph that he was the one to name the newborn baby, Jesus.

    I also have to admire the way he trained the boy, Jesus in his carpenter shop.  The writer to Hebrews says,
So even though Jesus was God's Son, he learned obedience from the things he suffered. (Hebrews 5:8)
I have no doubt that Jesus suffered splinters, black and blue fingers, and cuts from the work that he did in his father's shop.

   It is through the hardships of life that we learn the true meaning of faith and trust.

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