Mary has told Joseph that she is pregnant. What would Joseph do now? Was Mary telling him the truth? While Joseph was trying to decide how to handle this serious challenge that had arisen between himself and Mary, God sent His angel to explain the situation to Joseph in a dream. You can read his story in Matthew Chapter 1 verses 18 to 25.
This poem is Part 6 of 8 parts to the poetic script that follows the Christmas Story from the very beginning to end. I have been publishing one of the Christmas poems each week leading up to Christmas week. Beverley Joy
Joseph, Mary’s fiancé, was a godly man
Who loved and respected Mary,
Was confused and distressed, What would he do?
Was Mary telling the truth?
He planned to divorce her privately
And not have her stoned to death
Which was the custom of their race
For women, adulterous or pregnant unwed.
But an angel of God spoke to him in a dream
Saying, “Do not be afraid to marry dear Mary
For the Child who has been conceived in her
Is a miracle by God’s Holy Spirit.
He obeyed God’s angel and married her
And saved Mary from public disgrace
But they did not sleep together
Until after the birth of the babe.
Down through the ages
God’s people had waited and prayed
For the long-awaited Saviour
Soon to be born into the family of God’s favour.
To be continued…
Beverley Joy © 2019 of Simply Story Poetry
Why not listen to or read the whole Christmas story: The Christmas Story Part 1, Four Unusual Women Part 2, 700BC Part 3, Mary Part 4 and Mary and Elizabeth Part 5, Joseph Part 6 and The Saviour is Born Part 7.
You can listen to all my poems on several podcast platforms here
Reference: The Virgin Birth Matthew 1:18-25, 22/01/1978, John MacArthur, Grace to You
Matthew 1:18-25, The Zondervan NASB Study Bible 1999 Zondervan Michigan U.S.A.