Friday, December 19, 2008

Advent Ornament: Day Nineteen

Yesterday we considered Mary's willingness to serve her Lord. Today, we turn to her betrothed, Joseph. When confronted with Mary's condition, he wanted to separate himself from her secretly, so as not to disgrace her. Then the angel set him straight! Notice that he, too, responded with obedience!
Matthew 1:20-24

...behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, "Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife; for that which has been conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. And she will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for it is He who will save His people from their sins."

Now all this took place that what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet might be fulfilled, saying, "Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and shall bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel," which translated means, "God with us." And Joseph arose from his sleep, and did as the angel of the Lord commanded him, and took her as his wife.

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