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Joseph (New Testament)

The Joseph we are about to study is a New Testament character. He was the husband of Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ. He was indeed a noble man and certainly worthy of our study. He has at times been identified as "The Man Of Wood And Nails." Surely we understand the reason for this title. This Joseph and another Joseph were both associated with Jesus. This Joseph was at the birth of Christ while Joseph of Arimathaea was at His death. Joseph's presence at the birth of Jesus was a witness to his true love for Mary. They were to be married and she was found with child of the Holy Ghost. God revealed this truth to him and he not only married Mary but assisted in the upbringing of our dear Saviour. Let us consider the few verses of the Bible which tell of his life.

1. Joseph was "a son of David" and his family belonged to the city of David, Bethlehem. Matthew 1:20.

2. He was a carpenter by trade, making his living with his hands. It is reasonable to assume that Jesus worked beside him as a boy. Matthew 13:55.

3. Joseph was an Israelite and a pious man, who was faithful in the ordinances of the Temple of God. Luke 2: 22-24, 41-42.

4. Joseph was a kind and gentle man, treating Mary with charitableness during a time when many men would have had her put to death. Matthew 1:19, Luke 2:1-7.

5. He was faithful in providing for the needs of Jesus to the extent that many assumed Jesus was his son too. Luke 2:33, John 1:45, John 6:42.

Joseph is never mentioned in the gospels after Jesus was twelve years of age. At the time of the crucifixion of Jesus, Joseph apparently was not alive, so Jesus assigned the care of His mother to John. As to why he died, we are left to wonder. However, we do not have to wonder about his life. Nothing scandalous or evil is ever said of him. Evidentially he lived a quiet and unassuming life during which he cared for his family and served God. That is certainly an example worth following and such a life merits our gratitude to God for His abundant grace.

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