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18 This is how the birth of Jesus Christ took place. When Mary his mother was engaged to Joseph, before they were married, she became pregnant by the Holy Spirit. 19 Joseph her husband was a righteous man. Because he didn’t want to humiliate her, he decided to call off their engagement quietly.
“The story of Jesus’ birth in Matthew’s gospel is seen through the eyes of Joseph; in Luke’s gospel, we see it through Mary’s. No attempt is made to bring them into line. The central fact is the same; but instead of Luke’s picture of an excited Galilean girl, learning that she is to give birth to God’s Messiah, Matthew shows us the more sober Joseph, discovering that his fiancée is pregnant.”* Matthew didn’t have to say Joseph didn’t believe Mary. That was clear—Joseph was ready to call off the betrothal.
Today’s Insights was chapter 8, “The Doubter?” from The Journey: A Season of Reflections, by Adam Hamilton. Copyright © 2011 by Abingdon Press, and available on our website for 24 hours by permission of Abingdon Press. If you’d like to buy the entire book of reflections, you can click here for a direct link to the Cokesbury sale page, as well as other Journey resources.
Lord God, you created what we call the “natural order of things.” You usually work through that, yet not always. Keep me open to all the natural or exceptional ways you may choose to work in my life. Amen.
* N. T. Wright, Matthew for Everyone, Part 1: Chapters 1–15. Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2004, p. 8.
** NIV, Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible, eBook (Kindle Locations 218742-218743). Zondervan. Kindle Edition.