Matthew 1:18-25

Matthew 1:18-25 “Now the birth of Yeshua Messiah, was as follows: ” When His mother Miriam had been betrothed to Yowceph,” (these are the Hebrew names of Yeshua’s family, which was their nationality) “before they came together she was found to be with child.” (Being betrothed was a pre-marriage agreement between two people, with the full knowledge and blessing of the parents. The husband would take up to a year of time to prepare a home for his betrothed, which could be an addition to his fathers house, or his own home on a separate piece of property. While the father of the bride had a responsibility to protect and preserve his daughter from all other suitors during the betrothment.) “And Yowceph her husband,” (called husband because this betrothal was a formal agreement between the two, taken much more seriously and legal than modern engagements) “being a righteous man and not wanting to expose her to open shame, planned to put her away privately.” ( That would mean to send her to live with family members in a distant village until the birth of the child.) “But when he considered this, behold, an angel of the Yahweh appeared to him in a dream, saying; “Yowceph, son of David,” (He was of the royal lineage of King David,) “do not be afraid to take Miriam as your wife; for the child who has been conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Yeshua, for He will save His people from their sins.” (Now Yowceph is faced with a problem, being a righteous man, does he follow the Law of Moses, or does he believe a dream? Can such things actually happen, does Yahweh actually, enter into the affairs of a common, ordinary man? Could Yahweh be intimately working in the lives of a lowly, ordinary, unspecial couple, in a lowly town like Nazareth? Should I trust in an Angelic vision or should I trust what I can see and touch? Yet this dream and visitation is so specific, a name is being ordered, a purpose for the life of the child is told, along with the gender being spelled out.) “Now all this took place to fulfill what was spoken by Yahweh through the prophet” (in Isaiah 7:14;) ‘Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and shall bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,’ which translated means, ‘God with us.'” And Yowceph awoke from his sleep and did as the angel of Yahweh commanded him, and he took Miriam as his wife, but kept her a virgin until she gave birth to a Son; and he called His name Yeshua.”

In this Hebrew culture and time period, it was a terribly brave thing for Joseph to take Mary as his wife, for everyone in the community can count, and the suddenness of the marriage all pointed to a shameful beginning to their life together. People being as they are, are glad to tell tales and point fingers, not only shaming the parents, but the child as well. As it turned out the accusations continued even into the ministry of Jesus, the Pharisees knew of his so-called shameful heritage, John 8:41, “They said to him. ‘We were not born of fornication; we have one Father: God.'” Yet Joseph trusted Jehovah beyond the Law of Moses, and acted on his faith in Jehovah, that the visitation from the Angel in the dream was true. After all, God is Spirit and those who worship Him must worship in Spirit and in truth. Joseph truly was a man of faith, and was willing to suffer for and live by his Faith. His faith was not a flesh response, momentary lighthearted response, but rather a deep, abiding, Spiritual faith. We then should be like Joseph, and live by faith, for we surely trust in the same God as Joseph, Elohim Yishi, Psalm 18:46, the God of my Salvation.

Karl