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Daily Reading: 2nd May 2016

Matthew 1.18-19 cont.

18 Now the birth of Jesus was like this: His mother Mary was engaged to Joseph; before they were married (came together) it was discovered that she was pregnant by means of the Holy Spirit.

19 Now Joseph, her husband, was a just man and did not want to expose her publicly, so he decided to divorce her privately.

It is very probable that John referred to the virgin birth when he wrote:

14 And the word became flesh, and lived amongst us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the unique Son of the Father, full of grace and truth – John 1.14.

The word, being Jesus, came into this world full of grace and truth. Perhaps we can see in this statement that Jesus came full of the Divine DNA. The only way this could happen is by the Holy Spirit over shadowing the DNA of Mary.

We may not know the source of Matthew or Luke’s account. Commentators suggest that it was an anonymous source. It would be quite logical for both Matthew and Luke to have recorded snippets of information, which they gathered from Mary.

Matthew points out from the outset that it was by the Holy Spirit that Mary had conceived.

As we have seen, it is in a similar way every believer is born again by the Holy Spirit.

Jesus replied: “In all sincerity I tell you it is not possible for anyone to enter the Kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit – John 3.5.

This is what it means to be born from God. Every born again believer is the conception of the Holy Spirit.

Joseph had wooed and won the girl of his dreams and suddenly those dreams appear shattered.

Mary’s pregnancy is not of his doing. We can only imagine the emotional turmoil he would go through: betrayal, being inadequate, unwanted, rejected, broken hearted. His future happiness destroyed.

However, in whatever way Mary had become pregnant he had no desire to bring public humiliation upon her.

It may be that knowing Mary was pregnant by the Holy Spirit, he could not cope with his own public humiliation and the wagging fingers of other people and their scepticism?

Assuming Joseph believed that Mary was pregnant through the Holy Spirit, he was still finding it difficult to deal with the higher ways of God.

Perhaps our first instinct in finding our self  engulfed in completely God inspired new situations is to deal with it on the level of our natural mind, in a rational and private way.

This appears to have been Josephs’ decision.

However, we need to bring our thinking and understanding in line with our Heavenly Father and what He tells us in His word.

 “For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts higher than your thoughts” – Isaiah. 55:9 (NLT).

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