Joseph and Adam

Matthew 1:20-21
But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”
Joseph and Adam
We see here once again how our heavenly Father thwarts and hinders the plans of the devil, by setting right what sin had corrupted. In the garden, the fallen angel Satan approached the woman, Eve, and through her brought down her husband Adam. In this simple act, sin and death were brought upon all humanity. In a great reversal, God sends His holy angel to announce to another woman, Mary, that through her, the Christ would be born. And this same angel now comes to Joseph, who would be Jesus’ adopted father, to clear any doubt or grief he had concerning his betrothed. And in this way, unlike Adam, who succumbed to temptation and fell, Joseph, through the Holy Spirit, had faith and rose to the occasion.
The scene in the garden was one of lies and covetousness; our first parents believed the serpent’s lie that they would be like God. In a small Judean village, the scene was quite different. Joseph knew the result of the first lie, trusted in the Lord for salvation, and believed the angel’s message that Mary’s Son would be just that. His name would be Jesus, which means Savior. Joseph was chosen to protect and care for our Lord, so that one day He would reverse the garden curse and “save His people from their sins.”
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