Matt. 1:24-25. “Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife: And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn Son: and he called His name JESUS.”
Just a few quick comments this morning. Joseph’s unquestioning obedience amazes me. He was setting himself up for a lot of unkindness in the following years, which I’m sure he knew. He was choosing to protect Mary and honor her in spite of what the gossip would be. He was choosing to acknowledge the miracle of the conception of Jesus! What great faith he had, and what a humble spirit.
He didn’t “know” Mary until after the birth of Jesus. He took her as his wife but did not engage in marital intimacy with her until Jesus had been born, thereby protecting her purity and the miracle of His birth. Joseph was a godly man. No wonder he was chosen to be the earthly, legal father for Jesus.
One more thing. We know that Jesus had siblings. Those relationships are prophesied in the Messianic Psalm 69: 7-8. “Because for Thy sake I have borne reproach; shame hath covered My face. I am become a stranger unto My brethren, and an alien unto My mother’s children.”
Other passages confirm that Joseph and Mary went on to have children: Matt. 13:55 and 27:56; Mark 3:31 and 6:3; Mark 15:40 and 16:1; and John 2:12 and 7: 3-5 are just a few of the passages that confirm that He was the elder brother in the family. Joseph and Mary went on to live as normal a life as anyone could, considering Who was growing up in their household!