Joseph

Joseph was the God-chosen human step-father of Jesus Christ. There is not a great amount recorded about him in The Bible, however from everything that was written, we do know that he was a very good and righteous man. Would God have chosen any less than the very best available man for such a tremendous responsibility?

Joseph was of line of Judah (Matthew 1:3-16), a direct descendant of Abraham (Matthew 1:2) through David (Matthew 1:6). He was by trade a carpenter (Matthew 13:55) from Nazareth (in photo) in Galilee (Luke 2:4).

The first that we read of Joseph involved the unusual circumstances of his marriage to Mary:

Joseph accepted the responsibility that he was given:

The journey to Bethlehem and the birth of the Messiah:

The escape to Egypt:

When Jesus was age 12:

Joseph was certainly older than Mary at the time of their marriage, some believe much older, perhaps in his thirties or forties. Whether it was the age factor (at a time when the average lifespan was far less than today), or something else, Joseph apparently died before, or shortly after, Jesus began His public ministry. His presence is not mentioned at the marriage feast in Cana of Galilee when Jesus did His first public miracle, or at the Crucifixion when Mary, who although she would have been only in her late forties, was obviously already then a widow because she thereafter went to live with the apostle John (see Aunt Mary?).

Fact Finder: Why does the Bible record two slightly different lists of ancestors for Jesus Christ?
See Why 2 Genealogies For Jesus Christ?

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