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Joseph (from the New Testament)
Joseph was Mary's husband. When Jesus was a baby, king Herod of Judea
wanted to kill him, so an angel of the Lord told Joseph in a dream,
to take Jesus and Mary, leave Bethlehem of Judea where Jesus was
born, and go to Egypt until he was told to return. When Herod died
and the holy family did return, God warned Joseph that Herod's son
was now the king in Judea, so they went to a town in Galilee called
Nazareth, where Joseph and Mary raised Jesus. Joseph was a carpenter,
and he taught Jesus to be a carpenter.
Matthew, Chapter 1
The beginning of Matthew
1:1-17 tells the
genealogy of Jesus Christ if you would like to study it. Matthew's
account of Jesus lineage goes back to Abraham. Luke gives his account
going all the way back to Adam in Luke
3:23-38. These men share with us the bloodline of Jesus. Most
people today don't know their great great grandfather's name, so you
can understand that the record we have in the Bible is very precious.
It's kinda like looking up Jesus' family tree.
Looking back through Jesus' bloodline, several prophecies are
fulfilled by His birth. He was of the seed of Abraham Genesis
12:3, the seed of Isaac Genesis
17:19, and the seed of Jacob Numbers
24:17. He was also from the tribe of Judah Genesis
49:10, and heir to the throne of David Isaiah
9:6-7; 2 Samuel
In biblical times, a family and its descendants were referred to as a
tribe, and sometimes a house. In the city of Nazareth in Galilee
there was a man named Joseph from the house of David and the tribe of
Judah who was engaged to a woman named Mary.
Mary was related to Elisabeth. This makes John the Baptist and Jesus
... Cousins. They were born six months apart. So when Elisabeth was
in her sixth month of pregnancy, with John the Baptist ... The Angel
Gabriel was sent to Mary and he said, Rejoice, you who are very
special. The Lord is with you. You are blessed among women.
When Mary saw him she was confused about what this meant. Gabriel
said, Don't be afraid Mary, you have found favor with God and you
shall conceive and bear a son and will name Him "Jesus." He will be
great, and will be called the Son of the Highest and the Lord God
will give Him the throne of His father David. He will reign over the
house of Jacob for ever and His Kingdom will have no end.
Mary said to the Angel, How can this be, seeing I
have never been with a man? And the Angel said to her, The Holy Ghost
will come upon you and the power of the Highest will overshadow you.
That holy thing which will be born of you will be called the Son of God.
Elisabeth has also conceived a son in her old age and
this is the sixth month with her, who was barren. For with God nothing
shall be impossible. And Mary said, I am the handmaid of the Lord. Let
it happen to me as you have said. And with that, the Angel left.
Now when Joseph was told by Mary the story of the
Angel visit and that she was pregnant with God's child, as you can
imagine, it was a bit much to swallow for him. However, being a
righteous man, he didn't want to cause a scandal, so he thought it was
wise to keep Mary hidden away secretly. But while he thought about it,
the Angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, Joseph, son
of David, don't be afraid to take Mary for your wife. She has
conceived a son of the Holy Ghost. She'll give birth to a son and you
will name Him Jesus (Savior), because He'll save His people from their
sins. All this was done, so that it would be fulfilled, which was
spoken of the Lord by the prophet Isaiah:
Therefore the Lord Himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin
shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call His name Immanuel.
... Which being interpreted is, "God with us." Joseph woke up and did
what the Angel told him and took Mary to be his wife.
Mary went to visit Elisabeth after Gabriel's visit. When Elisabeth
heard the greeting of Mary, the baby inside her leaped in her womb
and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost. Happily she said,
Blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb.
How did it come about that the mother of my Lord should come and
visit me? As soon as the voice of your greeting touched my ears, the
baby inside me leaped in my womb for joy. And blessed are you for
believing, because the things that the Lord told you will come true.
Mary said to Elisabeth, My soul praises the Lord and my spirit
rejoices in God my Savior. He has considered my modest life. From
this time forward, all generations will call me blessed. He that is
mighty has done great things to me and holy is His name. His mercy is
on them that fear Him from generation to generation. He has shown
strength with His arm, He has confused the proud in the imagination
of their hearts. He taken the mighty down from their thrones and
lifted up those who are lowly. He has filled the hungry with good
things, and the rich, He has sent away empty. He has helped His
servant Israel in remembrance of His mercy as He spoke to our
fathers, to Abraham, and to his seed for ever.
Mary stayed with Elisabeth for about three months and then returned
to her own house. When it was time for Elisabeth to deliver, she gave
birth to a son. Her neighbors and her cousins heard how the Lord had
mercy on her by allowing her to give birth at such a late age and
they rejoiced with her. On the eighth day, when they were fulfilling
the Jewish customs for a newborn son, the men there named the child
Zacharias after his Dad. But, because Zacharias still could not
speak, Elisabeth said, No, he'll be called John. And they said to
her, But there isn't anyone in your family with the name of John.
They made signs to Zacaharias asking what he wanted to name the
child. Zacharias asked for a writing table and wrote, His name is
John. Immediately Zacharias could speak again and he praised God.
Tell me that isn't just awesome ...
The neighbors were all afraid then and people gossiped about it
throughout all the hill country of Judea. Everyone who heard rumors
about it wondered what kind of child this would turn out to be. And
the hand of the Lord was with the child.
Zacharias prophesied, saying, Blessed be the Lord God of Israel. He
has visited and saved His people. He has sent a messenger of
salvation for us in the house of his servant David, as He spoke in
the Words of His holy prophets which have been since the world began,
that we will be saved from our enemies and from the hand of all that
hate us. To keep the promise that He made to our father Abraham, that
He would pass on to us, that we, being delivered out of the hand of
our enemies might serve Him without fear, in holiness and
righteousness all the days of our life.
And you child, will be called the prophet of the Highest because you
will tell about Him and prepare people for His coming. You will tell
the people about salvation by the forgiveness of their sins by the
tender mercy of our God, by which the new dawn from Heaven has
visited us to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the
shadow of death, to guide us to the way of peace.
The child grew, and became strong in spirit and lived in the deserts
until the day he showed up in Israel. Can you imagine how hard it was
for those who were chosen to believe? It's still hard today. We must
just continue in faith.
Matthew, Chapter 2
Luke, Chapter 2
Now, let's see ... John the Baptist has been born and Jesus has been
spiritually conceived. They are distant cousins in part and one was
spiritually chosen by God to prepare the way for the other.
The other is the Son of God placed into the bloodline of King David
as Prophecy had predicted.
At that time, there was a law from Caesar Augustus, who was the first
Roman emperor, that the whole world must go to the city that each was
born in and register so they could be taxed. What they were doing was
trying to get a grip on the Israelites because the Romans were ruling
them at the time.
Joseph had to go back to Bethlehem to register, because that was his
birthplace and Mary was close to her time to deliver the baby.
Little did the Romans know, that they were fulfilling scripture by
having Joseph return to his birthplace of Bethlehem:
And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the
princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall
rule my people Israel.
This is a sign that ...
Jesus is Lord !!!
Where Was Jesus Born?
Now, after a long journey ... Joseph and Mary finally arrived, but
there was no room at the inn because so many others had also come
from other towns to register, so they had to stay elsewhere.
Now, this brings up the question as to exactly where Jesus was born.
The stories we see on television and books as a child, portrays He
was born in a stable because He was born in a "manger," but, the
Bible does not actually state what type of structure He was born in,
so many people debate the issue. Some say it was a barn or stable.
Others say, back then they used caves as stables, so it was a cave.
Still others say it was a house and they explain it by saying that
the mangers, being feeding troughs for animals, were kept inside
during winter to protect livestock from cold.
Luke does say the Wise men visited Him in a house (which we will see
in a bit) but that may have been after the birth of Jesus and they
In Truth ... It matters not if our Lord was born in a barn, cave or
house ...n The point is ... Jesus, Our Savior ... Was born !!!
We now have Grace because of God's love for us and choice to bring
Jesus into the world. Never allow such issues to take away from that
Truth. Let us continue, shall we?
Mary gave birth to the baby Jesus. She wrapped Him up in long bands
of cloth called swaddling clothes and laid Him in a manger.
There were shepherds staying in the field nearby keeping a night
watch on their sheep and the Angel of the Lord appeared to them. The
glory of the Lord shone all around them and it scared them. The Angel
said to them, Don't be afraid, I'm bringing you good news of great
joy for all people. For you today, in the city of David, a Savior is
born, which is Christ the Lord. And this will prove it to you. You
will find the baby wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
Suddenly, with the Angel, there appeared countless Angels praising
God and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good
will toward men.
When the Angels left and went back into Heaven, the shepherds said to
one another, Let's go to Bethlehem and see what the Lord told us
about. They hurried to find Mary, Joseph, and the baby lying in the
manger. Then they spread the news to other nations all about the
child that the Angel told them about.
Anyone who heard it wondered, but Mary believed all that Gabriel had
told her, deep in her heart.
This is a sign that ...
Jesus is Lord !!!
On the eighth day after the baby Jesus was born, according to the law
of Moses, the holy family followed the customs of the Jews by having
Jesus circumcised. They named the baby Jesus as the Angel told both
Mary and Joseph before the baby was conceived.
They took Jesus to Jerusalem to present Him to the Lord and to offer
a sacrifice for Him (as the law of the Lord says , Every male that
opens the womb is holy to the Lord) of a pair of turtledoves or two
young pigeons. Exodus
There was a wise old man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon. He was
a pious man, waiting for the promised Messiah of Israel and the Holy
Ghost was with him. The Holy Ghost revealed to him that he wouldn't
die until he had seen the Lord. The Spirit led him into the temple
and when Mary and Joseph brought in the child Jesus, Simeon took Him
in his arms and blessed God, saying, Lord, now let your servant die
in peace according to your Word: For my eyes have seen your salvation
which you have prepared before the face of all people; a light to
lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of your people Israel.
Joseph and Mary were amazed at the things that Simeon said, and
Simeon blessed them, and said to Mary, This child is set for the fall
and rising again of many in Israel; and for a sign that will be
spoken against; (Yea, a sword shall pierce through thy own soul
also,) that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.
There was also a prophetess named Anna from the tribe of Asher, who
was very old and had been a widow for 84 years. She didn't leave the
temple, but served God with fasting and prayers night and day. And
she came in at that very moment and gave thanks to the Lord and
prayed for all who wanted salvation in Israel.
These are more signs that ...
Jesus is Lord !!!
A New Star
Now, there was a great new star in the Heavens and all saw it.
Wise men from the east came to Jerusalem and said, Where is the baby
that has been born King of the Jews? We saw His star in the east and
we've come to worship Him.
As you may well imagine, Herod, the king at the time, was very
jealous when he heard the news that a new king was just born. He
gathered all of his top men together and insisted to know where this
Christ child was supposedly born because there was prophecy in
scripture that foretold of all of the events taking place. They
answered, in Bethlehem of Judea, for it is written by the prophet Micah
5:2, And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least
among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor,
that shall rule my people Israel.
So, secretly ... Herod asked the wise men what time the star appeared
and then he sent them to Bethlehem saying, Go look for the child and
when you find Him, come back and tell me so I can come and worship
Him too. He was actually deceiving them and had sinister thoughts and
plans in mind.
The wise men left and the star that they saw in the east led them
until it stopped over where Jesus was and they fell down and
worshipped Him. They gave Him presents of gold, frankincense and
Then God warned these wise men in a dream that they shouldn't go back
to Herod, so they went back to their home country by a different
Now, here is a little fact for you ... In almost every book and movie
you read or watch there are three wise men. However, the Bible does
not say there were three wise men. The reason people say that there
were three wise men is because they gave the baby Jesus three
different types of gifts, being gold, frankincense and myrrh. There
very well may have been three wise men or maybe three hundred.
But, again ... It matters little how many wise men were led by God
by a star to see Jesus ...
Just that God led em by a new star and that was yet another sign that ...
Jesus is Lord !!!
The Angel of the Lord appeared again to Joseph in a dream and said,
Get up and take the young child and His mother and flee into Egypt.
Stay there until I let you know. Herod will look for the young child
to kill Him. Joseph woke up and took the baby Jesus and Mary in the
middle of the night and left for Egypt. They were there until Herod
died and what the prophet Hosea said was fulfilled Hosea
11:1, Out of Egypt have I called my Son.
Meanwhile ... During the time that the holy family was in Egypt,
before Herod's death, Herod realized that he was tricked by the wise
men who never returned. He was burning mad and had all the male
children from two years old and under killed in Bethlehem and the
surrounding area hoping to kill this new king. This fulfilled
what the prophet Jeremiah had written
Thus saith the Lord; A voice was heard in Ramah, lamentation, and
bitter weeping; Rahel weeping for her children refused to be
comforted for her children, because they were not [they were no
Ramah was in the area of Israel that God gave to the tribe of
Benjamin, and Joseph's two sons, Manasseh and Ephraim.
Years later, When Herod died, an Angel of the Lord appeared in a
dream to Joseph, who was living in Egypt with his family as he was
warned, and said, Take the young child and His mother and go into the
land of Israel. Those who tried to take the child's life are dead. So
Joseph took Jesus and Mary back to Israel, but when he heard that
Herod's son Archelaus inherited the kingdom in Judea, he was afraid
to go there, however, being warned by God in a dream, he went into
Galilee. They settled in a city called Nazareth (That is why you have
heard the saying ... Jesus of Nazareth) and the prophecy was
fulfilled that was spoken by the prophets, He shall be called a
11:1. And Jesus grew and became strong in spirit, filled with
wisdom and the grace of God was with Him.
Nothing is shared with us for the next few years of Jesus growing up.
It begins again by saying that Mary and Joseph went to Jerusalem
every year at the feast of the Passover.
When Jesus was twelve years old and they went to Jerusalem, when they
were returning home, Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem without Mary
and Joseph knowing. Thinking that Jesus was with the group that they
were traveling with, they traveled back a day's journey before they
noticed Him missing and they looked for Him among their relatives and
friends. When they couldn't find Him, they went back to Jerusalem to
After three days they found Him in the temple, sitting in the
middle of the doctors and teachers. He was listening to them and
asking them questions and preaching to them. Everyone who heard Him
was astonished at His understanding and His answers (Isaiah
When Mary and Joseph saw Him they were amazed and Mary asked Him,
Son, why have you done this to us? Joseph and I have been worried
sick. And Jesus said to them, Why were you looking for me? Didn't you
know that I must be about my Father's business?
They didn't understand what He meant. He went back with them to
Nazareth and stayed with them, but Mary knew in her heart that He was
right. And Jesus grew older and in favor with God and man.
There is a force out there that is attempting to overtake us all; it is Satan. There is another force that is protecting us from him; it is the Holy Spirit. It is a battle for souls. This battle is called Spiritual Warfare, and like it or not, you are right in the middle of it.
How to Prepare for Spiritual Warfare