December 9, 2019

Protecting the Blessing of Obedience

“Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly. But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, ‘Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.’” – Matthew 1:19,20 You’ve heard me talk about ancient Jewish culture being a face culture, meaning that a good name and honor were high priorities. This was certainly true for Joseph, who had every reason to be proud of his reputation. Not only was he a descendant of David and therefore in the lineage of Messiah, but he was a skilled tradesman (known as a tekton), and he probably had a number of women wanting to marry

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