This week, I dipped my toe in the water of God’s word by reading a few verses in Matthew. I prayed that my brain would comprehend the words and absorb the message. I was prepared to be amazed by the Bible, but I didn’t expect it to happen so early in the chapter.
Matthew 1:18-19, revealed that when Joseph discovered Mary was pregnant, he planned to divorce Mary quietly so she wouldn’t be subject to public disgrace.
Yes, in just a few short verses I was already struck by how thoughtful Joseph was by not wanting to humiliate his wife-to-be. If this situation arose today, both parties would be hashing it out on the Jerry Springer show. Joseph would be hurling insults at Mary, assaulting her virtue and Mary would be tearfully pleading her innocence (to ears that had no desire to listen, I might add.)
In Matthew 1:20-24 Joseph is visited by an angel in a dream, who reveals that Mary’s baby is from the Holy Spirit and that he should not be afraid to take Mary as a wife. Joseph obeyed the angel and married her.
Here I sat, surprised again. In a day long before paternity tests, Joseph obeyed a dream and married a woman that was carrying a child that was not his. He trusted that that the angel spoke the truth and Mary had not been unfaithful to him. I couldn’t help but wonder if a man today would have reacted with such faithfulness. In a day where “prove it” seems to be the rule, how many men could trust without verifying?
These were my thoughts as I read the first few verses in the book of Matthew and let the words sink in. Humans are flawed and we don’t always give others the benefit of the doubt. Because of this, the whole conception of Jesus and Joseph’s obedience is quite miraculous to me.