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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.
Personally painful as he found Mary’s pregnancy, Joseph maintained a concern for her well-being and safety. If he denounced her publicly, she might even be stoned to death (see John 8:3-5), as the law in Deuteronomy said. But “although some lynchings may have occurred in secret, they were rare, so Mary likely faced divorce rather than death.” Even there, Joseph sought the least hurtful solution—”sensitive to her shame, he prefers a private divorce.”*
Today’s Insights was chapter 9, “Being a Righteous Man…”, 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 Jesus, your earthly father’s “righteous” character didn’t demand following “the law” to the letter, but showed mercy to Mary. Help my righteousness, too, to always lean in the direction of mercy. Amen.
* NIV, Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible, eBook (Kindle Locations 218747-218748, 218752-218753). Zondervan. Kindle Edition.
** Henry Cloud and John Townsend, Safe People. Zondervan: 1995.