Bible Commentary: “Joseph Loves Mary” The Days Of Christmas

December 17, 2015 at 1:46 pm | Posted in Bible Commentary | Leave a comment
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“Because Joseph her husband was a righteous man and did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.” (Matthew 1:19)

We are counting the days until Christmas and we here at Word of Encouragement would like to spend this time together reviewing the prophecies and scriptures concerning the birthday of our King and seeing how they might apply to us today and receiving encouragement from them.

Matthew tells us of the encounter Joseph had with the angel in a dream.  “This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit. Because Joseph her husband was a righteous man and 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. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: “The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” –which means, “God with us.” When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. But he had no union with her until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus” (Matthew 1:18-25).

Joseph was pledged to be married to Mary, not married yet, only engaged.  Joseph’s father had worked out an arrangement with Mary’s father and the two fathers had set a date. Before that date could arrive Mary makes the announcement that she is pregnant. She tells Joseph this insane story that the angel, Gabriel, came to her and she would conceive by the power of the Holy Spirit and that’s why she is pregnant; she is still a virgin! Now, like any other man given such a story, he didn’t believe her. He was crushed in his heart but he really loved Mary and didn’t want to see her stoned to death. Deuteronomy 22:20-21 we have the law as to what to do if a man marries a woman and claims that she was not a virgin on the wedding night, “If, however, the charge is true and no proof of the girl’s virginity can be found, she shall be brought to the door of her father’s house and there the men of her town shall stone her to death. She has done a disgraceful thing in Israel by being promiscuous while still in her father’s house. You must purge the evil from among you”.

Joseph had troubled sleep, on one hand he needed to obey the law and, on the other, he didn’t really want Mary to die. So as he tossed and turned on his bed an angel appears to him in his dreams and confirms to Joseph that what Mary said is true. This must have been quite a dream encounter because as soon as Joseph wakes up he marries Mary and takes her home, “When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife” (Matthew 1:24).

Child of God – Joseph was considering breaking the law, even though his heart was broken,  because of his great love for this woman. Joseph loved God and immediately responded to His voice. And Joseph loved Mary all the days of his life. If Joseph was willing to break the law because of the love in his heart even though his heart had been broken, can we do no less? Some times families are separated for hurts and offenses. Satan would have our relationships destroyed but God wants to sweeten and intensify our love for Him and for each other. Shouldn’t we let Him? Love must always win.

Our prayer:
Lord, help me to keep loving even when doubt, hurt and distrust are present in my life. Make Your love strong in me so I can have the love that covers multitude of faults. Amen.

If you want to have a personal relationship with Jesus as your Lord and Savior pray: “Dear Jesus, I know that I am a sinner and that out of love for me you willingly sacrificed your life so that I may live. I repent of all my sins and open my heart to you as my Lord and Savior. Amen.

If you prayed this prayer for the first time or if you have any questions please contact us. We would love to hear from you


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