Scripture: Matthew 1:18-25
Symbol we use: Lighthouse ornament. Because Joseph was asked to guide and protect his little family through dangerous situations.
Meditation: The Bible says little about Joseph. Yet nearly every time it mentions him, he is being visited by an angel in his dream. He very clearly knows the angel is real, and from God, for each time he gets up and obeys. These aren't little, easy commands like "Smile at a stranger today" but life-changing events like "God's commandment to stone a woman to death doesn't apply in this situation" or "Flee for your lives with the woman and her Child". Do you ever wish, like me, that an angel would spell out so clearly what we should do when we're faced with difficult decisions? Long before he discovered Mary's pregnancy, Joseph was "faithful to the law", "a just man", "a good man", "a righteous man". I suspect that part of the reason he was able to recognize and trust the angel immediately was the prior cultivation of a deep faith in God. If we want the results Joseph benefited from (clear, distinct direction in his life on which path he should take), we should try the means he used to get there (faithful obedience to the Lord in all areas of his life). I don't know anyone who has admitted to nighttime angelic visits, but I do know people confident in the difficult decisions they make. When asked how they can be so sure what God wants them to do, you can be certain their response always begins with a long-standing, deep, cultivated faith in Him.
Jesse Tree Week 1: The Patriarchs
Sunday: Root of Jesse
Tuesday: Fall of Mankind
Jesse Tree Week 2: The Formation of a People Set Apart
Tuesday: Israelites at Mt. Sinai
Jesse Tree Week 3: The Formation of a Nation Set Apart
Sunday: King David
Jesse Tree Week 4: Christ Jesus is Almost Here!
Wednesday: Merry Christmas!