THE NEWS FEW BELIEVED
There are so many ways to get news today. Depending on the source you pick and rely on will also determine whether the story you hear or read is accurate. Accepting what your source says about events will also influence your thinking, attitudes, behavior and actions.
Joseph and Mary received information about her conception from an angel; it was going to be “from the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 1:20). Not only that, it would be a “son” and they were to “call His name Jesus.” Why were they to give Him this name? “For He will save His people from their sins” (1:21). He would become the sacrifice that cleared the guilty for those who believe.
This was fulfilling a prophecy of Isaiah 7:14; “Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call His name Immanuel (which means, God with us)” (Isaiah 7:14).
God made sure that those who were going to serve His purpose for this great event were trust- worthy and knew enough about the source that they would not question any detail of the message. “When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him” (1:24). That is what God calls “obedience.”
Notice the simplicity of this event. Joseph listened to the right source and knew the authority behind the message. There was no question about obeying the instructions. Yet, we have so much difficulty obeying the clear instructions of Scripture. Why? We fail to know the source. Get to know the source well and it will change your life!
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