“Joseph, Mary’s husband”
He shall save his people from their sins. —Matthew 1:21
Read Matthew 1:18-25
The New Testament begins with the Lord Jesus’ genealogy. This chapter teaches us several things:
(a) First, we see that Joseph, Mary’s husband, was a descendant of David and Abraham. This was important because it was prophesied that the Messiah would be called the Son of David, from the seed of Abraham.
(b) Secondly, we see here the most glorious prophecies being fulfilled. Isaiah 7:14 says “Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.”
(c) Thirdly, our attention is drawn here to Joseph, about whom the Scriptures say that he was righteous. It seemed as though his fiancé had been unfaithful for she was pregnant, and he knew he was not the father. Instead of defaming Mary by making her pregnancy public or becoming angry, he seeks to put her away privately. By His almighty power the Lord can teach His people things which are completely against their human nature.
What do you think of Joseph’s attitude?