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What Is A Father?


Wish I could say this is my idea, meaning these thoughts were my own or wholly inspired by the Holy Spirit in my spirit. Alas I am sharing thoughts from a sermon I heard in the 1980's from one of my mentors and spiritual fathers.

 "Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife: 25 And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son:"  Matt. 1:24-25  KJV

The following are the thoughts of my "spiritual" father and mentor as I recall them.

Not a lot is recorded of Jesus' actual childhood, yet we have what is recorded of Joseph and His Mother Mary.

Should we assume He was "perfect" in every way?

or may we assume the childhood of Jesus was much the same as the children of His day.

Would He have broke things, had been disobedient, Got turned over Joseph's knee   ?

What we do know is that Joseph, was a Godly man was a husband and Parent. ("and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him after the custom of the law,"    Luke 2:27) Joseph responded when the "Angle of the Lord" spoke to Him in a "dream" and said take Mary as your wife for she has conceived of the Spirit of God (Matt. 1:20) My spiritual father continued with a chuckle in his voice, men put yourself in old Joe's shoes here! Your fiancée has revealed to you, she is with child but it is ok, because it is by "immaculate conception"! I don't know about you but even though I am a preacher and my bride too be drops that on me while we are looking at tuxedos I am going to do more than raise an eye brow.

So, old joe had to be a Godly man to get up from a rest as he pondered this thing about Mary and say everything is cool because an angle of the lord said it is. Would you? He said with that chuckle.

We are talking about Fathers here! Joseph has just committed to eighteen or twenty years of "Fatherhood!" At the very least from our earthly and finite minds Joseph is the only earthly "father figure" Jesus had.

Let's look at the second chapter of Matthew;

              behold , the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying , Arise , and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word : for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him. 14 When he arose , he took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt:     Matt.2:13-14   KJV

Folks, this is what a Father does! Whatever it takes to keep your children safe. I have biological children and I have packed up everything we had and moved for a job. It paid more and I needed to provide more.

Ol Joe could have said, He is your son, I didn't sign on for this! Run and catch those three guys that just left, let them get you out of here.

Joseph, being a man of God and having the heart of a Father responded to God and the perceived danger loaded up on the donkey they road in on and got out of town.

Folks, that is what a father does!

Look at Luke 2 and verses 41 & 42:

41 Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the feast of the passover. 42 And when he was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem after the custom of the feast.  Luke 2:41&42 KJV

first; we see here "his parents" took him for pass over feast every year, not just in Bethlehem where He born but to the City of David, where there were lots of people, long lines and probably lots of pomp and circumstance.

You see this is what a father does or at least a Godly father  does. A father raises his children in the knowledge and admonition of God Almighty. A father takes the time, makes the travel, fights the crowds for their sons and daughters.

secondly; we see father Joe has taught Jesus everything He needed to be confirmed or bar-mitzvah this is a "fathers" responsibility. Ol Joe steps up, steps in and not only raises Mary's son but teaches Jesus the Law and Commandments.

Jesus has became a responsible young man, folks, this is what fathers do.

Luke two continues that at this age His "parents" or His Mother and "Father" find Jesus setting among the PHD's (Dr. Luke says Doctors) but for our days and times we would probably say the professors with the PHD. Here we see both the workings of Jesus' biological Father, God and His earthly "Dad" ol joe.

After Jesus had taught the multitude on shore from a boat on the sea of Galilee with the parables, the Bible says; He returned to His own land and when they heard Jesus teach in their synagogues, they said "is this not the carpenter?"      (Mark 6:3 Is this not the carpenter)

This means Ol' Joe had taken Jesus under his wing and brought Him up as a carpenters helper, an apprentice carpenter and finely a master carpenter.

Folks this is what a father does!

A father has the love and patients to show a boy the tools, a young man the skills to use the tools and father lets  the new carpenter hang out his own shingle.

In conclusion:

Luke 2:48  " thy father and I"

Look how Mary His mother admonishes Jesus when they returned to Jerusalem to find Jesus; "thy Father and I"!

Ol' Joe was a Father.


"Do not be terrified; do not be afraid of them.  The LORD your God, who is going before you, will fight for you, as he did for you in Egypt, before your very eyes,  and in the desert. There you saw how the LORD your God carried you, as a father carries his son, all the way you went until you reached this place."     Deuteronomy 1:29-31  NIV

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