Was Joseph, the earthly father of Jesus, successful?
He was a carpenter. Yes, a carpenter. Carpentry has never been glamorous. Not then. Not today. Maybe tomorrow but for now … it is what it is.
Nothing was said about him even in Jesus’ ministry. He was a guy who married a lady that was pregnant but not for him. He wanted to do what any sane person would do but since he was “spineless” he could not. Maybe because he was depending on Mary for handouts or he was not “man” enough.
Jesus did not quote him nor talked about the training he got from Joseph. There is no record of him as being a regarded person in society.
He could not pay for an inn or maternity ward when his first son was born.
What a man!!!
At some point, he fled to Egypt. He said God told him. But who was there to confirm? See, anyone can say “God told me”. After all you cannot argue when that is said. Again, you were not there when God told him.
Maybe he was just a layabout who could not hold down a job and hence a drifter.
Was he a good father? I don’t know. You judge for yourself.
When it was over and they left for home, the child Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but his parents didn’t know it. Thinking he was somewhere in the company of pilgrims, they journeyed for a whole day and then began looking for him among relatives and neighbours. When they didn’t find him, they went back to Jerusalem looking for him.
How could a parent not know that their child is not with them? He went on for a whole day and did not know? My father would not do that to me but Joseph did that to Jesus. Can you imagine that?
And so, Joseph realised that Jesus was missing and decided to go look for the child. Found him and they tried to get him back home but their son gave them the speech of his life.
Luke 2: 49–50
His mother said, “Young man, why have you done this to us? Your father and I have been half out of our minds looking for you.”
He said, “Why were you looking for me? Didn’t you know that I had to be here, dealing with the things of my Father?” But they had no idea what he was talking about.
Yes, Joseph the father, had no idea of what his 12-year-old son was saying. You can measure his brilliance from there. Make the deduction.
Yes, this was Joseph.
So, I will ask you again, was Joseph the earthly father of Jesus successful?
Well, I have given you the points made in the Bible about this man. I did not make them up. As such the answer should be easy. “Eazy, Pizzy Lemon Squeezy,” as my sons would say.
However, let me share three verses with you:
Mary, was engaged to be married to Joseph. Before they came to the marriage bed, Joseph discovered she was pregnant …… Joseph, chagrined but noble, determined to take care of things quietly so Mary would not be disgraced. While he was trying to figure a way out, he had a dream. God’s angel spoke in the dream: “Joseph, son of David, don’t hesitate to get married. Mary’s pregnancy is Spirit-conceived. God’s Holy Spirit has made her pregnant. She will bring a son to birth, and when she does, you, Joseph, will name him Jesus — ‘God saves’ — because he will save his people from their sins.” ………. Then Joseph woke up. He did exactly what God’s angel commanded in the dream: He married Mary. But he did not consummate the marriage until she had the baby. He named the baby Jesus. (Matthew 1:18–25)
And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him. When he arose, he took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt: (Matthew 2:13–14)
But when Herod was dead, behold, an angel of the Lord appeareth in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and go into the land of Israel: for they are dead which sought the young child’s life. And he arose, and took the young child and his mother, and came into the land of Israel. (Matthew 2:19–21)
So whatsoever your definition of success is, if it does not involve obeying the directives of God, in holy fear and reverence of Him, then you are off tangent.
Was Joseph successful? I don’t know.
Did he obey God? Yes, the evidence is there.
God loves those who obey Him despite their mood, thoughts, disposition or feeling.
God loves those who keep their commitment to obeying His words no matter how it would look or appear.
God loves those, who genuinely fear Him.
Those, whom the fear of the Lord directs their actions and decisions are lovers of God.
And this is what he says to all humanity:
‘The fear of the Lord is true wisdom;
to forsake evil is real understanding.
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