Joseph

For Christmas, I thought I would share a poem about Joseph, Jesus earthly father, that I wrote several years ago.   Joseph There is so little that we know about you Just that you were a simple carpenter Taking a young wife To make a life of you own   Then she surprised you with the news of a babe […]

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Joseph: A Poem

I thought I would share a poem I wrote several years ago about Joseph, the earthly father of Jesus.   Merry Christmas!!!   Joseph   There is so little that we know about you Just that you were a simple carpenter Taking a young wife To make a life of you own   Then she surprised you with the news of […]

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Hall of Faith: Joseph Was Faithful

We discussed how Mary belonged in the Hall of Faith {although no one in the New Testament is mentioned in this list of spiritual giants}, but Mary was not alone on her journey. She had Joseph to walk beside her on this journey. We know little about Joseph, but we’re told he “went up from Galilee, out of the city […]

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Hall of Faith: Joseph, Prepared the Way

  Joseph was the son of Jacob, and his father’s favorite son. This is because he was the oldest son of his mother, Rachael. If you’ll remember from the story of Jacob, that Rachael was his favorite wife. Joseph was the eleventh of Jacob’s twelve sons. His mother, Rachael, died giving birth to his brother Benjamin. The name Joseph means […]

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Joseph, the earthly father of Jesus

Last week, we took a look at the last mention of Joseph by name or reference.  This was when Jesus was twelve at the temple. The majority of what we know about the childhood of Jesus comes from the accounts found in Matthew and Luke.  The two books together provide the large picture we have of Jesus birth and childhood. […]

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Joseph, Searches for Jesus

Last week, Joseph fled with his family to Egypt before returning to Nazareth once it was safe to return. We are not told how old Jesus is when they returned, but he is still at the ages we consider a toddler or young child. The next mention we have of Jesus or his parents, is when Jesus is twelve years […]

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Joseph, takes his family to Egypt

Last week, we looked at the parents of Jesus taking him to the temple where Simeon blesses God. Matthew picks up the story of Jesus and his parents.  The Wise Men have just departed from their visit.  The Magi or Wise Men originally went to King Herod in search of “King of the Jews”. King Herod is greatly troubled and […]

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Joseph, takes Jesus to the Temple

Joseph witnessed the birth of Jesus and saw the magnificence of the angels and shepherds arriving to worship the Christ child. The next mention we have is of the parents taking the child to the temple. Luke 2:27, “and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, that they might do concerning him after the custom of the law” The […]

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Joseph, the Obedient

Last week we discovered how righteous of a man Joseph was.  He decided that he would quietly put Mary away privately. However, God had a different plan he was about to reveal to Joseph. In Matthew 1:20  “ But when he thought on these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son […]

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Joseph, the Righteous

Last week, we were introduced to Joseph, the husband of Mary. We know that Joseph was betrothed to Mary when the spirit came upon her and she was with child. Matthew 1:18-25 tells us the story of Mary, Joseph and the conception of Jesus. So, what are we told? 18  When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before […]

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Who is Joseph, the earthly Father of Jesus?

Last Christmas, we studied Mary, the Mother of Jesus. So in the spirit of Christmas, it only seemed natural to take a look at Joseph, the earthly father of Jesus.  For the next eight weeks we will explore what scripture tells us about Joseph. The only information we know about Joseph comes from three of the four gospels.  Joseph is […]

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Joseph Discovers Mary’s News

The time had come for Mary to return home after her visit with Elisabeth.  One can only imagine how she must have felt.   After all she was going to have to tell her parents and Joseph about her present condition.  This was a situation that could not be hid for long. However, we know that from the beginning Mary had […]

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Second Chances: Joseph

Last week we took a look at the second chances God gave Jacob.  Today let’s look at his favorite son, Joseph. Joseph was the first son born of his mother, Rachel.  He had ten half-brothers and at least one half-sister from his father’s other wives.  After years of waiting, one can imagine the joy he brought to Rachel when she […]

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Behind the Song: There is a Balm in Gilead

Jeremiah 8:22 says  “Is there no balm in Gilead? Is there no physician there? Why then is there no healing for the wounds of my [God’s] people?” {Gilead also mentioned in Jeremiah 46:2,11 and Jeremiah 22:6} It is believed this passage inspired the spiritual There Is a Balm in Gilead.  The song emphasizes the comfort found in the Lord God, […]

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Eyewitness to Christmas: Who Were the Wise Men

In the past years, we have studied the eyewitness to Christmas from the viewpoint of the Virgin Mary, Elizabeth and Zacharias, Joseph, and the angels.  This year, we are going to journey with the Wise Men or Magi to visit the Christ Child. “After Jesus was born in Bethlehem village, Judah territory— this was during Herod’s kingship—a band of scholars […]

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Women Followed Jesus: Mary, the wife of Clopas

Mary was a popular name during Biblical times and remains a popular name today. Hence, to defferentate the various Mary’s there are relationships mentioned.  This is true for Mary, Mother of Jesus, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Joses and Mary the wife of Clopas. The name Mary means bitter, beloved, rebelliousness, and wished-for-child. Mary, the wife of […]

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