Advent 2019 / The Gospel of Matthew - Part 2
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.
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.”
— Matthew 1:22-23
The Gospel of Matthew,
Pastor Jeff Hinman