I’m familiar with a man known to be a good father. For whatever reason this man is mostly forgotten. He was a just man. By all accounts, I can find, he was fair, honest, and innocent. He was in a right relationship with God.
He was likely talked about by his neighbors because they found out his wife became pregnant shortly before they were actually husband and wife. Imagine how he felt knowing she was pregnant and the child wasn’t his! He didn’t dump her for getting pregnant when engaged to him. In my book, this makes him a caring man.
He could have told the truth and told everyone the child wasn’t his. They would not have believed him. He could have called off the wedding and joined in on bashing the woman he was to marry. Instead, he did marry her. Why? Because he was in love with her. He cared about her.
I imagine he put a lot of thought into this marital and relational upheaval. I dare say by his actions he was a careful man. He didn’t act hastily. It would have been easier to degrade his bride but he took a higher road.
He got some advice while he was thinking about what to do. He was a conforming man when you consider his willingness to receive counsel. Most men and particularly husbands shy away from counseling.
The forgotten father stayed with the woman he was to marry. All the way through her pregnancy. They were seen together in public! He was a cleaving man. He loved her still.
In spite of the fact that his wife to be became pregnant before their wedding day. And knowing he wasn’t the father of this child, I strongly consider this man a Christian man.
He is the kind of man God wants.
He is a Caring man – seen in how he cared for his wife to be
He is a Careful man – seen in how he was careful in dealing with his wife to be
He is a Conforming man – seen in his willingness to receive godly counsel
He is a Cleaving man – seen in his determination not to abandon his wife to be
He is a Christian man – seen in reflection of Christian love and devotion.
He is for all practical purposes a forgotten Father.
His name is Joseph, the husband of Mary.
Matthew 1:19-25 & Luke 2:4-5, 16, 21