Mid-Week Fill-up

HUNGRY FOR THE WORD… (MID-WEEK FILL-UP): I’ve always wondered about Joseph, the husband of Mary, and the significance of him being mentioned as a carpenter. Other than his vocation, we have a little information about him. Recently, while studying the book of Matthew, God revealed much to me about Joseph’s character.
There were four events mentioned in the first and second chapters of Matthew that give us great insight into why God chose Joseph to father His Son while on earth.
In Matthew 1:20, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, encouraging him to take Mary has his wife. By verse 24, Joseph being aroused from sleep, did as the angel of the Lord commanded him and took Mary as his wife.

In Matthew 2:13, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream telling him to take the young child and his mother and flee to Egypt. Two verses later, we read that when he arose, Joseph took the young child and his mother by night and departed to Egypt.

In Matthew 2:19-22, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph, telling him “Arise, take the young Child and His mother and go back to Israel”. In verse 21 it tells us Joseph then arose and took the young Child and His mother and went back to Israel.

Finally, verse 22 tells us that Joseph was afraid to go back to Judea, so he was warned by God in a dream and he turned aside into the region of Gallilee. Many times throughout Scripture we are told to be still. Moses told the Israelites before they crossed the Red Sea, to be still and quiet and watch God work. In
Psalm 46:10, God says, “Be still, and know that I am God.”

In order to hear God’s voice we must be still and quiet. In the midst of that still and quiet we learn to recognize God’s voice when he speaks.

My grandfather was a master carpenter. He was very well known in quite a great region for his beautiful workmanship. As I think about him now, I reflect on his character, he was a quiet man, working alone in his shop hours, days, and weeks at a time without much conversation with others.
The man the Creator of the universe chose to father His own Son on earth was a quiet man who had been still enough to recognize the sound of God’s voice when He awakened him in dreams. He was a man whose relationship with God was so personal, that Joseph was immediately obedient. Joseph trusted God with his life. Joseph never, in these passages, asked God, “Why?” or “When?” or “How?” He never said, “I can’t.”

Joseph knew God. He obeyed God IMMEDIATELY. He trusted God with EVERYTHING. Joseph was a still, quiet man, obedient to and trusting of his Father. JOIN US for our Mid-week fill up every Wednesday evening @ 6:15 for a light dinner (n/c) (nourished/physically equipped), and fellowship followed by Bible Study (nourished by the Word) @ 6:45pm. Hope to see you soon, April G