Joseph, in a sense, is an anointed one. His special purpose was to protect Jesus, but he is not called to protect the child in a way most men would find easy and straightforward, which would be physically protect the child or provide for the child. Instead Joseph as to protect the child by acting in a way man would find difficult, which was to listen to, and act upon, the voice of God.

Matthew 1:22-23  All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: “The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel”–which means, “God with us.”

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