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Matthew 1:18-21 (Pt. 3)  Thought/Prayer:  Take Her Home, Joseph. Topics:  2 at end.

“The circumstances of the birth of Jesus Christ were these. After his mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they were united in marriage, she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit. But Joseph her husband, being a kind-hearted man and unwilling publicly to disgrace her, had determined to release her privately from the betrothal. But while he was contemplating this step, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to bring home your wife Mary, for she is with child through the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a Son, and you are to call His name JESUS for He it is who will save His People from their sins.”  (WEY)  (Read these scriptures and more at http://prayerpivot.com.)
 
Joseph, the man whose role in life was to be the earthly father of the Savior Jesus Christ, was told by an angel that he should not be afraid to “bring home your wife Mary” who was pregnant before marriage – pregnant through the overshadowing of the Holy Spirit (Luke 1:35).  Two considerations here.

First, the angel calls Mary “wife” because a betrothal was considered to be the same as the marriage commitment.  Secondly, there is a sweet consideration to the counsel of the angel, that Joseph need not be afraid to bring home his Mary.  In this translation of the Bible (Weymouth) (also in the New International Version), the word “home” is used.  There is just a coziness to it when said this way.  Joseph not only need not be afraid to stand by his commitment to Mary:  he may freely take her home.  Home was surely where Joseph’s heart was: and his heart was with Mary.

Of course, Mary and Joseph would go on to create a home for their baby Jesus, and there would be brothers and sisters coming long later (Matthew 13:55,56).  Jesus was the big brother to all.

Jesus’ need for a home and the provision of it through the angel’s instructions to Joseph were God-ordained from before time (II Timothy 1:9).  The babies conceived out of wedlock today have just as great a need, the need for a home on this the planet Earth.  No, they are not part of a plan by God to save the world.  They are conceived in the sin of fornication or adultery – totally and entirely the opposite of Mary’s conception.  But these babies are also created by God, just as Jesus was.  We must pray that God will give instruction to the fathers of these babies, just as He did to Joseph:  That they need not be afraid to do what is right for the mothers of these unwanted conceptions.

Lord, help us to pray for them.

Topics:  Pray to remember to pray for the fathers of children conceived out of wedlock, in whatever circumstance.  Pray for them to do the best they can for the mothers of these children and that they will be born.
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Posted by Gail Richardson on 12/09 at 08:58 PM
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