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Sunday, December 10, 2023

Sunday Words of Encouragement December 10, 2023 - Divine Interruption!

We shared worship and Christmas songs this morning. Pastor’s message was from Matthew 18-25
“Divine Interruption!”

As Matthew notes, Mary and Joseph were told of the child and to name him Jesus, God saves; Immanuel, God with us.

 Joseph and Mary were betrothed. In those days, the betrothal was one year leading up to the marriage. After learning that Mary was with child, Joseph could have divorced her publicly but he was thinking of doing so quietly. Joseph was a just man, a law-abiding man. He had a good relationship with God.

2 Timothy 2:20-21 Tells us that those who cleanse themselves from dishonor can become honorable, just vessels.

Joseph and other Biblical stories, as well as testimonies today, show that life can change due to a divine encounter or divine interruption.

James 4:13-15 speaks of human plans being disrupted by divine interruption.
Joseph was called by a divine interruption to be the earthly father of Jesus. He stayed with Mary and fulfilled his role as God directed.

I remembered this song which fits today. Joseph’s Lullaby.
Verses for Today:
Matthew 18-25 NIV
18 This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. 19 Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.
20 But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”
22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: 23 “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”).
24 When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. 25 But he did not consummate their marriage until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus.

Lord, thank you for the divine interruption that allowed Joseph to accept Mary and take on the role as the father of Jesus. And thank you for our Immanuel!

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