This is one of my favorite, little-known stories in the Bible, and yet it makes all the difference in the world. The plot begins to thicken as the fate of the nation of Israel and the much-talked about prophecy of the Messiah seems doomed. The nation of Israel fell on hard times after King David’s reign. Their hopes and dreams to be a great nation that would be a blessing to all nations was shattered. […]
The Christmas story now switches to the book of Matthew for more details about Mary’s engagement to Joseph. The author Matthew was originally a tax collector, an occupation that was considered the lowest class of sinners in those days. Yet Jesus dines with him and his rebellious group of friends in his home, an act that would have been improper to be associated with such sinners. After the dinner party with Jesus, Matthew gives up […]
When Joseph heard the news that Mary was with child, he considered divorcing her from their engagement. But that was not God’s plan. This becomes the third time an angel appears announcing the baby Jesus. The first time was to Zechariah, the father of John the Baptist, the forerunner to Christ. Then the angel appears to Mary, and now Joseph. And the angels are not finished yet with this Heavenly celebration! Matthew 1:20-22,24 But after […]

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Happy are the feet of those who bring good news! Isaiah 52:7