We are approaching December 25. The birth of Jesus is followed by problems.
“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”
Joseph was thinking about exposing Mary to public disgrace with a divorce but he had according to Matthew1:20 a revealing dream:
20 He had made up his mind to do this when suddenly the 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 she has conceived what is in her by the Holy Spirit.
Joseph got that saving dream. But Marys and Josephs neighbors? probably not.
Let us move to Nazareth were this probably happened and imagine yourself outisde your house. there you met the beautiful young girl neighbor of yours since many years and you see that she is pregnant. She is yet not married. What the first question you probably will ask is….
“Who is the father of the baby?”
2000 years ago the tollerance was not like it is today. Not only.
the rule followed at that time, was among others
Deuteronomy 22:20. Imagine a girl who was raped. Deuteronomy makes no distinction. it simply says 20 “But if the accusation that the girl cannot show evidence of virginity is substantiated, 21 she must be taken out, and at the door of her father’s house her fellow-citizens must stone her to death for having committed an infamy in Israel “. To remember that not all girls bleed the first time they had sex.
How about Jesus?
Joseph saved Mary thanks to the dream he had. But what can happen with the baby, in this case Jesus?
The newborn (Jesus) is to be repudiated.