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Oct 27

The hard obedience of Mary and Joseph. What can we learn?

In the events surrounding the birth of Jesus, Mary and Joseph were called to model the godly life in different ways.

What can we learn from each of them?

Joseph becomes a model of faithful obedience to God’s commands. Mary becomes a model of faithful acceptance of God’s will.

God made a choice. He choose Mary to be the mother of the Messiah. She heard the angel and responded in submissive obedience. “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” (Luke 1:38 ESV)

Mary faced danger because of God’s choice. God is going to do this. Mary did not choose this honored position.

Would Joseph believe her?

Even if he did, what would others conclude about her.

What about penalties, death?

Joseph’s pilgrimage was different. We’re not told how he found out but when he did, he wanted to do what was right. He wanted to be just but kind. He saw no need for public humiliation and punishment. Then God spoke to him in a dream. He told him that the child was from the miraculous action of the Holy Spirit.

He received dreams from God and each time he obeyed the instructions.

He joined Mary in the risks of her situation. Her reputation became their reputation.

He also took a secondary position. The angel told him a dream to take “the child and his mother” to Egypt, not his son but the child. He is the Messiah. She is the virgin mother. He is Joseph. Jesus is first. Mary is his mother. That is not how you usually speak of a family. (Matthew 2:13)

The coming of “God with us” was not easy for Mary or Joseph. It was an adventure of risky, obedient faith.

Mary submits. Joseph obeys.

When have you been called to a hard obedience?

What have you been called to a hard acceptance of God’s will?

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The post first appeared on Bob Krupp’s blog