Would You Have Believed It?

Jerry WalchStarred Page By Jerry Walch, 11th Jan 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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How many time have you read the story of Jesus’ virgin birth (Matthew 1:18-24)? The Bible has a great deal to say about His mother’s great faith. We never have any doubts about Mary’s faith, but how much thought have we ever given Joseph great faith? Joseph had to be a man of great faith too, but how many of us look at Joseph that way. He had to be a man of great faith to believe Mary and the Angel’s story. Would you have believe the story that the Holy Ghost had impregnated Mary?

Joseph Planned to Break Their Engagement

When Mary returned from visiting her cousin Elizabeth, Joseph discovered that she was pregnant. Mary did not tell him that she was pregnant and with child, Joseph found out on his own. She had been gone for three months and she returns pregnant. Joseph knew that he had not slept with her, so whose child was it? Like any man, his first thoughts were that Mary had been with another man. I mean how else she could have become with child, right. Joseph, being a man who kept the Law could not marry her since she had been with another man was planning to break their engagement, but he planned to do it privately because he still loved her and did not want to cause her public embarrassment.

Joseph had a Dream

The Bible tells us that Joseph laid awake thinking about how he could break their engagement with drawing public attention to Mary’s condition. The Bible does not tell us how many nights that Joseph laid awake thinking about this problem, but I am sure that it many more than just one night. Finally, one night in a dream, the angel of the Lord, appeared to Joseph and told Joseph that Mary had been impregnated by the Holy Ghost and she was still a virgin, still pure, and he should not be afraid to take her as his wife. Joseph had to have been a man of great faith to believe and act upon what he was told in a dream even if it had been an angel that spoke to him in a dream. Would you have accepted the angel as being real? Would you have accepted something that you were told by an “Angel of the Lord” that appeared in your dreams, as being the truth? As great as my faith in God and in His Word is, I think that I would not have believed the Angels report.

Did Mary try to Convince Joseph?

God’s word does not tell us whether Mary tried to convince Joseph that the Holy Ghost had impregnated her. Neither does the Bible tell us that Joseph accused her of being unfaithful, nor does it tell us that she denied any wrongdoing. Such attempts would have been futile anyway. What mortal man could possibly convince another man to believe such a farfetched story? Only God Himself could convince a man of faith, that such an outlandish story was actually true. That is the way it has always been. The man who receives such a message from God second hand has to exhibit a greater degree of faith than the man who receives the word from God himself. My prayer is, the prayer of every Christian should be, enable me with the faith of Joseph.

Reference Bible Verses:

Matthew 1:18-24 (AKJV)
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.
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.
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.
21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.
22 Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying,
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.
24 Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife:
Matthew 1:18-24 (NIV)
Joseph Accepts Jesus as His Son

18 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.
19 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.
20 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.
21 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.”
22 All this took place to fulfill(G) what the Lord had said through the prophet:
23 “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel”(H) (which means “God with us”).
24 When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel(I) of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife.

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Angel, Holy Ghost, Holy Spirit, Jesus, Jesus Christ, Jesus The Christ, Jesus The Saviour, Joseph, Joseph And Mary, Mary, Virgin, Virgin Birth

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Jerry Walch is a 71 year old freelance writer for hire living in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He has been writing since the late 1970s, and writes for both the print and online media. He specializes in

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author avatar Retired
12th Jan 2014 (#)

Great article Jerry... never thought about it but Joseph would have had to be a man of great faith ...

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author avatar Jerry Walch
12th Jan 2014 (#)

Thank you Starrleena.

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author avatar Legend
12th Jan 2014 (#)

Surely people who converse with angels must be of great faith much like Samson's father and mother....
The correct translation of "the virgin shall conceive" is of course "the young lady" as the original text reads "alma" which has been used unequivocally in other passages to refer to a married woman (as in proverbs 30 18-19)

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author avatar Jerry Walch
12th Jan 2014 (#)

Thank you Legend.

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
12th Jan 2014 (#)

How I thank our Heavenly Father that He knew exactly who would be the mother of Jesus and who would be her husband . God doesn't make any mistakes . Joseph must truly have been a faith filled man .
Bless you Jerry
Stella

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author avatar Jerry Walch
12th Jan 2014 (#)

That he was Stella.

Bless you Stella.

Have a blessed day

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author avatar Connie McKinney
12th Jan 2014 (#)

Great article, Jerry. It is an amazing story but a true one, nevertheless.

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author avatar Jerry Walch
13th Jan 2014 (#)

Hi Connie. Yes, the story is true. My question, would you have believed it was asking would your faith have been strong enough to believe such a story. I serious doubt that if I was living in the time of Joseph and I had been Joseph, I question whether my faith would have been strong enough to believe it.

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
15th Jan 2014 (#)

Excellent and interesting post!

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author avatar Jerry Walch
15th Jan 2014 (#)

Thank you Fern.

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author avatar M G Singh
17th Jan 2014 (#)

Good education Jerry about the Christian faith

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author avatar Jerry Walch
17th Jan 2014 (#)

Thank you Madan.

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