Matthew Journey Chapter 1:18-24

The Matthew Journey continues, as we get closer to the birth of Christ.

Matthew 1:18-24

  •  Jesus was born into scandal.
  •  Can you imagine how hurt and angry Joseph must have been?  And even with that, he planned to do the kindest thing possible and quietly divorce Mary, even though he had the legal right to humiliate her.
  • Today, would some “religious” people think the “righteous” thing would be to expose the sinner and publicly disassociate with them? Just a thought.
  • God names Jesus but commands Joseph to  perform the act of giving him the name.  In biblical times, naming a person was a sign of connection, relationship, and possession.  God seems to be saying, “Joseph, this will be your child, so name him,” but pointing out at the same time that Jesus will be the Son of God.
  • The angel tells Joseph not to be afraid to do these things.  Joseph knew the embarrassment he would receive for being engaged to a pregnant girl in his society.  Following God’s commands can often be a scary thing.

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