Joseph son of David

This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly. But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” -Matthew 1:18-21 NLT

It is hard to consider how God called Mary to carry his son and not remember that he also called Joseph on the journey with her. Little is know about Joseph. He probably died never seeing the boy that he raised heal the sick and say the most amazing things. Jesus learned carpentry from Joseph and probably learned many other things from him as well. This passage indicates that he was a spiritual man who followed the Lord. I suspect that he was a good father.

I wonder how many of us would accept the word of an angel in a dream? Yet with just one solitary dream Joseph was convinced that Mary had told him the truth - the words of the angel were the same ones that Mary had told him. I so admire Joseph's response and want to be a man who will, in like manner, support my wife in whatever journey she is on. God knew that Mary needed help. Like her, we are not called to travel life alone. God sends us Josephs to walk with us.

Thank you Lord for the Josephs that you have placed in our lives. Help us to be a Joseph to someone today.


  1. Because the movie The Nativity is so fresh in my mind..I've been pondering Joseph. I truly love the casting of Joseph is this movie, and how your description of him from Scripture was so true of the man they chose to play him. His kind eyes, his strong hands and arms, his selflessness..his FAITH. OK....gotta go watch the movie again.

    1. I agree Wanda. I so love the selfless aspect of Joseph.


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