Over the years I have to have the highest respect for Joseph and the kind and tender way he was going to protect Mary from harm, even though at the time he was thinking of doing this, he was convinced that she had cheated on him and was with child of another man. This my friend is grace in a macho society.
Prior to the angelic visit from the angel of the Lord, Joseph had three choices. He could marry Mary and be quiet. Or he could call an inquiry and have her stoned to death. Lastly, he could put her away quietly, breaking a very binding engagement. The scripture gives us to understand, he was considering the painful, but kind, “putting her away.”
This says much about his understanding of human nature and his patience while he pondered what to do. God sent an angel to give correct guidance to him. Patience is usually the best road to travel when faced with hard decisions. Notice the verse: Matthew 1:19, “Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a publick example, was minded to put her away privily.”
Here is a man whom God, calls just. People with a true sense of biblical justice tend to lean toward grace and mercy, as did Jesus. This trait is sadly missing among professed children of God. We must do something about this.
Copyright © 2013 Larry Lilly
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