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Rogue One

18 Dec

161218Now the birth of Jesus the Messiah took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. Her husband Joseph, being a righteous man and unwilling to expose her to public disgrace, planned to dismiss her quietly. But just when he had resolved to do 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 as your wife, for the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” All this took place to fulfill what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet: “Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel,” which means, “God is with us.” When Joseph awoke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him; he took her as his wife, but had no marital relations with her until she had borne a son; and he named him Jesus. (Matthew 1:18-25, NRSV)

Joseph was rogue in that he did not want Mary killed. You see if he had divorced her as he should have she would have been shamed for being pregnant when it was not Joseph’s and before they were married.

So Joseph did not want her to die, decided he would dismiss her so no one knew. But then God worked through an angel to lay the plan out for Joseph and he believed it and followed through.

Thankfully Joseph was willing to listen and believe and continue to think outside the box.

How will God use us if we are open and ready?

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