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Genesis 39:20-21 ” But while Joseph was there in the prison, the Lord was with him; He showed him kindness and granted him favor in the eyes of the prison warden.”

Joseph didn’t deserve to be in prison.  He had been unjustly charged by Potiphar’s wife for something he hadn’t done… yet, there he was.  And as Christians today, we know we too don’t have immunity against worldly injustice.  But we do have a Sovereign Lord who is faithful.  For it tells us in Proverbs 16:7, “When a man’s way is pleasing to the Lord, He makes even his enemies live at peace with him.”  So, we may live in a world filled with unfairness and wrong…and we may have to endure being unfairly persecuted…but praise God, we do have a Savior who makes even our enemies befriend us.

Genesis 50:15 ” When Joseph’s brothers saw that their father was dead, they said, ‘What if Joseph holds a grudge against us and pays us back for all the wrongs we did to him?’ “

The brothers of Joseph had acted very abusively towards him… none of them denying the brutality he had been put through.  So now that their father, Jacob, was dead, the brothers were fearing the worst…that Joseph would  repay them for what they rightfully deserved.  And Joseph  could of easily put them to shame for all the wrongs they had done to him…but he chose not to.  To take the moral high road, to not repay evil with evil, to bless rather than curse can be a true testament of your faith.  For it shows to everyone that you’re a victor and not a victim.

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.

Genesis 39:7-9 ” Now Joseph was well-built and handsome, and after a while his master’s wife took notice of Joseph and said, ‘Come to bed with me!’ But he refused. ‘With me in charge,’ he told her, ‘my master does not concern himself with anything in the house; everything he owns he has entrusted to my care. No one is greater in this house than I am. My master has withheld nothing from me except you, because you are his wife. How then could I do such a wicked thing and sin against God?’ “

This Scripture specifically deals with immorality and adultery…but in the bigger picture, it deals with sin against God.  Have you ever considered that every time you sin – you’re  defying God to His face?  For every time you allow evil to reign in your life, you’re in direct opposition to God and rebelling against Him.  Joseph understood that giving into a temptation was a sin…but that sin isn’t self contained…for no matter how hidden we think it is, others will be affected by our lack of judgement.   And ultimately, Joseph knew he would be sinning against  God.

Luke 2:4-5 ” So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child.”

Caesar Augustus had given a command that the whole Roman Empire should have an official count of  the population.  So we see Joseph and Mary headed to Bethlehem…Joseph’s home town to be recorded.  This earthly father of Jesus was a kind carpenter by trade…a conscientious Jew who adhered to the Law…but who had to totally trust God when he found out Mary was pregnant.  This quiet man had to work through hurt, confusion, and wounded feelings to rely solely on the Lord’s promise of the coming Messiah.

Matthew 1:18 ” 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.”

Joseph had the right to give Mary a certificate of divorce if he found anything indecent about her. But the angel again appeared to bring revelation to Joseph’s confused and betrayed mind before he did anything rash. During this “God dream”, the angel gave Joseph details, even down to the name he must call the baby, thus quelling and vanishing all Joseph’s doubts and fears concerning his Mary.