Matthew 1:18-25 This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about[a]: 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[b] 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,[c] because he will save his people from their sins.”
22 All this took place to fulfill 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”[d] (which means “God with us”).
24 When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. 25 But he did not consummate their marriage until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus.
There is not a whole lot known about Joseph, but I will attempt to name a few.
Joseph means "Yoseph" in Hebrew. The name is defined as meaning Jehovah will add. Increase, repeater or doubler.
Joseph is described throughout New Testament scripture as the "betrothed" husband of Mary who was the Mother of Jesus. He is also known as the earthly Father of Jesus and not His biological father.
Joseph was the man that God predestined before the foundation of the world to be entrusted with the "GREAT" responsibility of raising the ""Son Of God."
As a parent I know it can be hard to entrust your child or children to someone else, but yet God of the universe, trusted Joseph with the responsibility of taking care of His son.
Joseph is not only described as Mary's husband and Jesus earthly father, but he is also described in scripture as a "carpenter or skilled craftsman."
Joseph was also a man of obedience and integrity. Joseph obeyed God in what many would call "humiliation" today. Joseph did what was right in the eyes of God concerning Mary, his "betrothed wife:"
Even though Joseph had no union with Mary, he chose to remain with her because he choose to believe the report of the Lord given to Him by an angel of the Lord that said to him in a dream “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,[c] because he will save his people from their sins.”
God, by means of the Holy Spirit, overshadowed Mary and impregnated her and then gave Joseph the responsibility of making sure that the child was named "Jesus" as the name given by God Himself. Joseph obeyed! Obedience is better than sacrifice.
Oh, how perfect is the plans of God! With God, we will end up a winner every time.
One thing I have learned in my walk with the Lord and that is, in being obedient to God, you may look like a fool before man, but my advice to you is to "keep walking with God" for even in the face of adversity, public humiliation or shame, God leads and guides us and in the end, it is our enemies who are brought to open shame.
People of God, keep believing the Lord's report, keep the faith and keep trusting God for His promises are yea and amen in Christ Jesus.
Much of Joseph life is not known, but what is known is that he was a righteous, obedient man of God. He did according to what was commanded of Him by God.
The last record of Joseph is found in Luke 2 where Mary and Joseph went looking for 12 year old Jesus and after 3 days, found Him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. Everyone who heard Him was amazed at his understanding and His answers.
The story of Joseph ends this way in Luke 2:39-40-When Joseph and Mary had done everything required by the Law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee to their own town of Nazareth. 40 And the child grew and became strong; he was filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was on Him.
Joseph was faithful to the task of "Fatherhood" that God had assigned to His hands. What about you? Are you doing what God commanded you to do concerning his children he has entrusted you with?
Who was Joseph? God's obedient and faithful vessel, Mary's husband and Jesus earthly father!!!!