The FaithOfJesus2 Daily Devotional


kjv@Revelation:14:12 @ Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.

( FaithOfJesus thread begun by pcarr:RandyP )

Today's Verse:


kjv@Matthew:1:18 @ Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.

kjv@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.

kjv@Matthew:1:20 @ But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.

kjv@Matthew:1:21 @ And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.

kjv@Matthew:1:22 @ Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying,

kjv@Matthew:1:23 @ Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.

kjv@Matthew:1:24 @ Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife:

kjv@Matthew:1:25 @ And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS.

Note: It will be very important for us throughout this devotion to carry the context of the previous days forward into the next new day. Yesterday's context was a forty-two generation composite of a nation with every intention of remaining a nation for the honor of their God not being able to by their own resource, not even with God's given elements for success in their hands. With this context poured straight into today's, we should be able to more clearly consider the influences of all that upon one man and his personal decision; Joseph.


What is man believing/doing?:

Joseph is has to come to a decision that he likely would rather not have to make. By the powers of his deduction, reasoning, sense of justice, civic duty, hope/pride/love/shock, fortitude to stand behind any decision, long sleepless nights no doubt, he is able on his own to boil things to two possible options; probably the two options that he began this ordeal with. Though he is leaning towards one neither option left on the table in terms of God's movement are correct. To complicate matters, Mary probably told him what the angel had told her about the baby and Joseph was having difficulty processing it.

For all we call freedom of choice, what choices do we actually have available (despite our intellect and need to to right) if neither option we can humanly come up with is on course with God's intended movement?

What is making man to believe/do as he is doing?:

This is where our devotional focus for Matthew is going to get interesting. What influences are there that are pulling Joseph a direction opposite (even if he marries her but for the wrong reasons) away from God's. It is likely the same influences that caused even the best kings in Joseph's kingly blood line to be pulled from the direction God was attempting to steer them as well.

The consideration if kept in this same composite view has to bend towards the influences of wayward human intellect, human justice and the will and fortitude to do what is right, the ability to trust others with divine information and direction, the options left to one's self and the nation if not gathered in the full godly measure. All of these are concepts that we will have to develop further in the passages of this gospel yet to come.


There are further decisions that Joseph will be forced to make down the road that he does not know about. Unless he is on board with Mary and Jesus here and now and for the right reasons it would probably be better for him not to be on board at all. Would it be better for Mary and Jesus; God's plan of salvation for that matter? Joseph is a good man, and would be a good man in the eyes of those who best knew him no matter what decision he were to make. God however has something much better for Joseph, even though it comes with some difficulty. God has something better for us in this as well, and so an angel is sent to help straighten Joseph out.

Key Messages:

    What does this say about our present condition?
  1. Given our own resource it is unlikely that we would come to the correct spiritual decision without divine intervention (or more subtle forms of divine preparation to be examined later) when facing momentous spiritual directions/commitments.
  2. (as seen in future context) Jesus/Bible often speaks in terms of pathways, one decision leading to (demanding) a series of others. The choices available are frequently determined by the choice(s) previously made. Remaining on a current/familiar path is typically the path of least resistance and wide, abruptly changing path typically the most costly and narrow.
  3. That God does not alway act in a manner we would expect, but His manner is always targeted to grow us toward the steps soon to come.

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