Google+ 12/17/13 The Faith of Joseph Could Truly Move Mountains!

Luke 2:4-5


And because Joseph was a descendant of King David,

He had to go to Bethlehem in Judea, David’s ancient home.

He traveled there from the village of Nazareth in Galilee.

He took with him Mary, his fiancée, who was now obviously pregnant.


In part two of our nine-part devotion series entitled, "Taxes, Travel, and Temptations!" we continue to follow Joseph's journey with his fiancee Mary.  Yesterday we learned the important history of why God chose this particular time to bring His Son Jesus Christ into the world.  The multitudes were traveling to their origins of birth to participate in a census and to pay their taxes.   In our modern world today, we dismiss this practice, as tax returns are sent to our homes and we pay all manner of taxes throughout the year.  In Biblical times, the tax collectors needed to visit the people, one-on-one, or a census needed to be taken.  It had been a long time since a census had been conducted.  So now, under the new governor of Syria, it was time.  In these two short verses of Scripture, we learn a very important fact.  The Scriptures had foretold that the Messiah would be of David's lineage.  Luke explains to all of us that Jesus is of the house of David.  This is going to be called into question later when people proclaim that Jesus could not be the Messiah because of His hometown of Nazareth.  It would have been wise for the Jewish people, the high priests, and the Sanhedrin to have done some homework before they began to exclaim from where Jesus originally hailed.  God was once again perfect in His choices.  Notice that Joseph is being obedient.  He is going to make the very long journey.  He could have made excuses.  After all, Mary was VERY pregnant.  The King James version refers to Mary as "being great with child."  As we discussed yesterday, it was a long journey through the mountains.  Instead, Joseph displayed his continuing faith and obedience to God by going where he was called.  We should all learn to do the same, without questioning God.  "The Faith of Joseph Could Truly Move Mountains!"