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.” All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet: “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means, God with us). When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him: he took his wife.
As Joseph was making plans to call off his marriage with Mary, Joseph too was visited by an angel. Via a dream, the messenger from God told Joseph that he need not have fear in taking Mary for wife. He didn’t need to worry about Mary being defiled, because she wasn’t. “That which [was] conceived in her [was] from the Holy Spirit.” Joseph was then told that she would bear a son, but that he would call his name Immanuel.
What faith that would take! Just like Mary, Joseph surely wasn’t so naïve as to think that there would be no repercussions from this. Being a just man as he was, I’m sure he took his reputation seriously. This wouldn’t look good – either people would think that they had gotten pregnant before they were married or that he was raising a son that wasn’t his. He had to have known how people talk. He had to have known how this would look. And even though it wasn’t his biological son, he was to name him as if he was…God was giving the earthly care of his Son to Joseph.
What faith it would take to believe this, but even greater faith to follow through. But Joseph did. “When he woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him: he took his wife.”
*Please note the change in the Scripture reference. I had it wrong on my original post regarding the daily passages.