Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost. Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privily. But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.
And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins. Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife:
And knew her not till, she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name Jesus.
WHO WAS JOSEPH
The Bible does not reveal many details about Joseph's role as father to Jesus, but we know from Matthew, that he was an excellent earthly example of integrity and righteousness. Joseph is las mentioned in Scripture when Jesus was 12 years old. We know that he passed on the carpentry trade to his son and raised him in the Jewish traditions and spiritual observances.
Joseph equipped Jesus with a worthwhile occupation so he could make his way in a very hard land. Jesus had not begun his earthly ministry until he was 30 years old, until that time, he probably supported Mary and his younger brothers and sisters with the carpentry trade that Joseph had taught him.
WHO WERE SOME OF JOSEPH'S ACCOMPLISHMENTS
Joseph was the earthly father of Jesus, and he was a man chosen by God and entrusted to raise God's son Jesus. He was also a skilled craftsman. He obeyed God in the face of severe humiliation. He did the right thing before God, in the right manner.
WHAT WERE SOME OF JOSEPHS STRENGTHS
Joseph was a man of strong conviction who lived out his beliefs in his daily actions. He was described in the Bible as a righteous man. Even when personally wronged, he had the quality of being sensitive to someone else's shame. He responded to God in obedience nd he practiced self-control.
Joseph is a wonderful biblical example of integrity and Godly character.
God honored Joseph's integrity by entrusting him with a great responsibility. It is not easy to entrust your children to someone else. Imagine God looking down to choose a man to raise his own son? Joseph had God's trust!
Mercy always triumphs! Joseph could have acted severely towards Mary's apparent indiscretion, but he chose to offer love and mercy, even when he thought he had been wronged.
Walking in obedience to God may result in humiliation and disgrace before men. Still when we obey God, even in the face of adversity and even public shame, he will lead and guide us.
SOME FACTS ABOUT JOSEPH
Joseph's was born in Bethlehem, his hometown however was Nazareth. His occupation as we know it was carpentry and a craftsman.
Joseph's own conceived children with Mary were: James, Joses, Judas, Simon and several daughters.
The ancestors of Joseph are listed in MATTHEW 1:1-17 and in LUKE 3:23-37
References to Joseph in the Bible can be found in MATTHEW 1:16-2:23; and LUKE 1:22-2:52
JOSEPH FATHER TO JESUS
Besides feeding and clothing Jesus from his birth, Joseph obviously sent him to Nazareth's synagogue school, where Jesus learned to read and was taught the Scriptures. This care helped prepare Jesus for his earthly ministry.
As a physically strong man, Joseph was able to make the arduous journey from Palestine to Egypt, sparing Jesus from death by Herod's soldiers. While there, Joseph probably used his carpentry skills to support his family.
Without question, Joseph's leading quality was his righteousness. He trusted God and in turn, God trusted him with his precious son. Joseph did not always know all the details, but he acted in faith knowing God would lead him every step of the way.
A look at what Joseph's lessons to Jesus and his sons might have looked like:
The Carpenters Carol
"I Was Not His Father, He Was Mine"