Hi, my name is Tamara and I have been on staff doing kids’ ministry for a little over a year now. I moved to South Bend from Vincennes, IN last August through connections at Camp Ray Bird. I began attending Riverside during the summer I first started working at Camp Ray Bird. I live with my roommate, Azia, and our two kittens.
The passage you are going to read today is Matthew 1:17-25, the story of how Joseph accepts Jesus as his son. Mary was to marry Joseph, but she had found out she was pregnant through the Holy Spirit. Joseph was going to discreetly divorce her, but the Lord sent an Angel to him in his dream. The Angel told Joseph not to fear taking Mary as his wife, for she will give birth to a son, who was from the Holy Spirit. Joseph was to call him Jesus, because he would save his people from their sins. Joseph woke up and did as the Lord commanded him by taking Mary home as his wife. She gave birth to a son and he was given the name Jesus.
Joseph was ready to give up on Mary. He was ready to give up his marriage. He had felt betrayed and probably confused. But the Lord sought him out and spoke truth to him. God had shown Joseph that he was in control of a seemingly helpless situation.
Read Matthew 1:17-25 and do the Know, Be, Do method of study for through the chapter.
- KNOW – What does the text say about God?
- BE – What does the text say about us?
- DO – What is the text calling me to do?