Matt. 1:18-25 MARY HAD A LITTLE LAMB
Intro: In our childhoods, most of us learned the little song entitled, "Mary Had A Little Lamb." It went something like this,
"Mary had a little lamb.
Its fleece was white as snow.
And everywhere that Mary went.
That lamb was sure to go."
There's more to the story, but those few lines are enough to remind us of that little childhood song. As we sang that song while we were children, we had no idea that something like that had actually happened. It never dawned on our childish minds that the Bible told the same story. That a young girl named Mary did indeed have a little lamb.
Well, that's what is happening in these verses in Matthew's Gospel. It seems that Joseph is engaged to a young Jewish maiden named Mary. They were betrothed, which means that they were legally married, but were not yet living together. During this time, word comes to Joseph that Mary is pregnant. Joseph knows that he isn't the father, but he is sure someone is! He believes that Mary has been unfaithful to him and he decides to get a divorce, 18-19. Yet, because he loves Mary, he wants to do this thing quietly because the penalty for committing Mary's crime was death by stoning. However, before he can put his plan into action, God sends and angel to tell Joseph that things aren't at all like he thinks they are. He tells this Jewish husband that Mary is carrying a child that was miraculously fathered by the Holy Spirit of God. He is told that this child will be a special child with a special mission. That, in fact, this child is to be the Savior.
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