TOPIC: The Obedience of Joseph
OPENING PRAYER: Oh Lord, fill me with the power of the Holy Ghost as I study your word.
SCRIPTURE FOR TODAY: Matthew 1:18‐25
QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION
• What does the passage teach about God the Father, or God the Son or God the Holy Spirit?
• Is there any example for me to follow or not to follow?
Scripture Union Daily Guide 25 December 2022 MESSAGE
In Matthew’s gospel, we see Joseph as the primary figure in the announcement of the birth of Jesus. Matthew shows that Jesus is part of David’s lineage through “Joseph, son of David” (v.20), as addressed to him by the angel. What lessons can we learn from Joseph’s character and attitude when he faced his fianc?e’s “supposed” sin (v.19)? So many girls have been suffering unjustly, as in the case of rape, where all the blame rests on them and as a result are despised and rejected by society.
When we have to make great decisions, to whom do we usually go first or from whom do we seek counsel? Observe how the angel of the Lord relieves Joseph of his dilemma (v.20). Mary’s pregnancy is an act of the Holy Spirit. Jesus, the son to be born, will “save His people from their sins” (v.21; Isaiah 7:14).
The Lord will always show us the truth. Note that Joseph accepts these facts and did what he was told to do. What an example of true devotion and obedience to God’s commands! What can you learn from Joseph in v.25?
So what? God used Joseph and Mary to help bring about His will. He can use you too.
• Any new insight or reinforcement of what you already know?
• Ask Him for grace to respond promptly to His calling.
Offer a prayer of faith in line with Zechariah 8:2 ‐ 3
ONE YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN
Isaiah 64, 65; Revelation 8.
Scripture Union Daily Guide 25 December 2022 | NATIONAL PRAYER BULLETIN
HE CAME FOR YOU
And the word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten… John 1:14
THANK GOD FOR:
☀ The good news of our reconciliation to God from death and sin to eternal life in Christ.
☀ Enlightening and inspiring our faith and understanding as we grow in Him each day.
☛ Grace to share the love and mercy of Jesus with others as we ourselves have received.
☛ Continuous renewal by the Holy Spirit as we remain in Him.
☛ The presence and Glory of God to be manifested continuously in our lives.
⚠ Anything that will separate us from the love of God.
⚠ Loosing our zeal due to the persecution the church of Christ is passing through.
Scripture Union Daily Guide 25 December 2022. Scripture Union is an international, interdenominational, evangelical Christian organization. It was founded in 1867, and works in partnership with individuals and churches across the world. The organization’s stated aim is to use the Bible to inspire children, young people and adults to know God. Scripture Union Daily Guide 25 December 2022
Have you ever made Jesus the Lord and Savior of your life?
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Dear God, I come to You in the Name of Jesus. I admit that I am not right with You, and I want to be right with You. I ask You to forgive me of all my sins. The Bible says if I confess with my mouth that “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in my heart that God raised Him from the dead, I will be saved (Rom. 10:9). I believe with my heart and I confess with my mouth that Jesus is the Lord and Savior of my life. Thank You for saving me! In Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen.
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