It All Happened Through a Dream

Matthew 1A:18-25

 Joseph had a dream.  It was one powerful dream!  Joseph didn't need an interpreter to interpret his dream, he knew exactly what it meant.  When Joseph woke up from that dream, he acted immediately on it.  He didn't wait.  He didn't ponder.  He didn't ask for counsel from his spiritual leaders.  Instead, Joseph did exactly what he was commanded to do through that dream.  And he did it immediately.

Joseph married his betrothed wife.....even though she was pregnant with a child that was not his. 

According to Jewish tradition, the most honorable and righteous thing he could do was to put her away secretly, that was what he intended to do.

But then Joseph had a dream!

Joseph was commanded to take Mary as his wife and name the child she was carrying "Yeshua" (Jesus), which means Savior. 

"Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.  She will bear a son and shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins...." (Matthew 1:20)

Have we ever considered all that what Joseph risked in taking Mary, as pregnant as she was, as his wife?  Joseph risked everything:

His reputation
His good name
His life

In fact, Joseph, as a carpenter even risked his livelihood in his taking Mary to be his wife!  Word must have gotten out that Mary's child was not his.  What kind of good Jew would do that?  What kind of righteous man would risk destroying everything he ever worked for....

Just to obey a dream?

Today, 2,000 years later we retell the story and we rejoice.  But we don't consider the risks these 2 young people were taking in their obeying dreams and visions.  Instead, we look at this story through our own cultural lenses.  We don't understand the significance of what this couple risked. They risked everything, even their very lives.  Because of them, a child was born.  Our Messiah, our Savior:

"For to us a Child is born, to us a Son is given...." Isaiah 9:6

Joseph could have walked away from that dream, and he could have walked away from Mary and still  be looked upon as a righteous Jew.  But Joseph didn't. 

Instead he believed a dream.

Joseph heard God's voice and he risked everything he had and was, in faith.  Joseph dared to believe the dream, even more than what people thought of him.  Even more than religious traditions.  Even more than customs of that time.

Today, as we think and ponder on the amazement of this miracle we celebrate, I have a question to ask you:

Would you have the courage to believe your dreams?  Do you believe, really believe the Lord has spoken to you through a dream or dreams?  Would you risk everything you have to follow that dream?  

May the Lord richly bless you with increased dreams and visions.



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