The Espoused Wife
And Jacob begat Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ. 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.
It is written in Scripture that Mary was Joseph’s espoused wife. This was a binding marriage that could only be terminated by divorce. Though the betrothed couple were regarded legally as husband and wife, the physical union had not yet taken place. Prophecy was being fulfilled before their very eyes and yet, there were those who would never believe that Mary had done things right. Stoning was the legal action prescribed for adultery (Deuteronomy 22:23-24). Joseph being a “just man,” a true believer in God, had every right to stone her according to the law or put her away by a legal divorce.
What a good and faithful husband Joseph was to Mary in not putting her away. He listened to the angel which came to him in a dream and he obeyed. True faith trusts in God even when things appear very perplexing and are extremely troublesome. Mary was highly favored of the Lord and relied on Him when life seemed terribly difficult and trying.
Though we have not been chosen to carry the Christ Child, we can be confident that His purpose for our life is worthy of our giving thanks and knowing that in His sovereignty all things concerning us work together for our good (Romans 8:28). We can center our attention on the person of Christ and not on the difficulty of the situation. We can thank God Mary’s heart was centered on obeying the Lord and by faith trusted Him with the prophecies foretold long ago. “Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign; Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel” (Isaiah 7:14).
Lord, thank You for Your great love in giving to us Jesus, the Christ Child.