An Interview with Joseph – Part 2
So what if we could actually interview Joseph the step-father of Jesus…. What would he say to us? This is a continuation of that interview based in Matthew chapter 2…
Question: Hello again Joseph, I hope you had a great Christmas
Joseph: I always do!
Q: Now Joseph, I’ve got a personal question, and I hope I don’t offend you.
J: Go ahead.
Q: Now, you’re a regular guy right?
J: <laughs> I believe so.
Q: Flesh and blood, regular urges and all. Right?
Q: Did the Angel tell you not to “know” Mary until Jesus was born? I mean, did God tell you to keep your hands off your wife, or was it your personal decision?
J: That’s a fair question. No, the Angel didn’t tell me that but…We all belong to God. I do. You do. Mary does. I didn’t want to do anything to complicate the will of God. God was using her to fulfill something wonderful and to be honest, it was more important than my physical desires. Was it all me? I doubt it, I’m sure God’s Spirit was whispering to me to do the right thing.
Q: And what I think you’re getting at is that the “wrong thing” isn’t necessarily “wrong”, but the “right thing” is the right thing. Makes me ask the question, what’s wrong with us guys and our sexual desires? Why do they seem to hijack our lives thinking and thought?
J: Well, I’m sure you know that the truth of the matter is that God made us differently. Men are different from women. We’re not better or worse, just different. If He could help me, He can help anyone. Besides, I knew that that was the right thing for Mary as well. Can you imagine what she must have been going through?
Q: Well enough of that line of questioning-
J: May I add one more thing?
Q: Sure go ahead.
J: We do have power over our desires. They were made to serve us, not we to serve them. Whether you’re 1st century or 21st century, it’s all the same. Don’t you agree?
Q: I think you’re right. One more question. What’s with all this dreaming stuff? Why did God guide you through dreams? I have a family, but I can’t remember ever making decisions through dreams.
J: You know, that’s just my thing. That’s how God chose to communicate with me. As the head of your family, God will speak to you in whatever way He desires. Sometimes <laughs> the voice of God sounds like the voice of your wife! Mary did say the same thing God did. The important thing is that when we as men know God’s will and leading, we need to act. We need to be obedient.
Q: When God warned you to get out of Bethlehem, you took the “night train” and got out of Austria like the von Trapps?
Q: Sound of Music – the NAZI’s… Sorry, cultural reference! You immediately snuck out under the cover of darkness to save the lives of your family.
J: Absolutely. Listen, if God tells you to “get out”, then get out. If He’s talking about a relationship, then get out… if it’s a business partnership… get out…if it’s the place where you’re living…then get out. And, get out as fast as you can. There’s no shame in running as fast as you can away from the thing that’s going to harm you and your family.
Q: Yeah. I often wonder what the other Austrian men were doing when they saw Mr von Trapp getting out of Germany in the 1930’s before the NAZI’s moved in! Joseph, It’s been great speaking with you. Any final thoughts to leave us with?
J: Yes. Men, you’re more important than you think. We’re all ordinary “Joes”, but the spectacular thing is that God has woven our lives into His extraordinary plan! All the best in 2014!