Job 32-33, Matthew 1
Here the line is traced through Joseph, but in Luke 3 it is traced through Mary, to show that Jesus was from the line of David through both parents.
That’s so amazing. Thanks for adding that insight!
I love Joseph’s spirit. Although he at first thought Mary had hurt him, he didn’t retaliate or deal with her harshly. That should be a lesson to me. People will fail and hurt me, sometimes founded, sometimes not. I should give them the benefit of the doubt and still allow them to be human, not presume what really happened and cut them off, choose kindness and be willing to hear them out.
Joseph had to have been at least a little skeptic of Mary, the woman he knew and loved. All the signs pointed to foul play on her part, & the whole town would viciously discuss their situation in whispers. But when they were wed and the baby came, a boy, just as his dream foretold, what could he say? What could he do but believe? “And he called his name Jesus”, which I believe was an act of faith and acceptance of God’s plan, regardless of the seemingly sketchy situation!
I was just sitting here wondering why, if technically Joseph didn’t contribute to Jesus’ DNA, why do we say Jesus was of that lineage when He should be of Mary’s family line? But this example of selfless love and sacrifice, paramount to the plan of God, settles that question for me. Jesus is of the lineage of Joseph because Joseph accepted God’s plan and believed, thusly fulfilling the lineage of Christ we know today. Pretty amazing stuff!
From what I have read by naming Jesus Joseph officially adopted him as a son and therefore Jesus became part of the royal lineage of David. This is a parallel to how we are adopted by God and become part of His royal line- heirs with Christ.
I love the name Immanuel, God with us. It is so comforting to know that God was with us physically through Jesus, currently through the Spirit, and will be with us when He returns. Dietrich Bonhoeffer commented on this truth of God with us: “God lives, lives in the world, lives for the world, lends it meaning and life, makes it our home, gives our own life a relationship to eternity and a closeness to God…” Praises!
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