Matthew 1:19 ” 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.”

Joseph was a quiet man…a devout Jew whose trade was as a carpenter and handyman in town.  Joseph was also deeply in love with Mary, his betrothed, and looked forward to the day they would marry and start building a life together.  But the rug was pulled out from underneath him when he learned Mary was pregnant…and not by him.  So for moment, put yourself in his shoes.  What thoughts and emotions would go through your mind and heart?  Feelings of hurt, and betrayal would be surging through your being.  Your mind would be racing  with questions of “How could you do this to me? I love you.”  Angry emotions would want to demand explanations from Mary for her apparent unfaithfulness.  But even though Joseph had every right to make a public spectacle of Mary, (Deuteronomy 24:1) he chose to send her away quietly and spare her the indignities.   But then God showed up…and all of Joseph’s questions were answered.  For suddenly, it wasn’t just about him and his feelings…but about the eternal plan of the world receiving its Messiah.

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