As the old year closed for Joseph he had to deal with all the attention given to Mary because of her angelic encounters. Can you imagine Joseph’s mind set, after hearing from Mary that she was pregnant. Learning of the magnitude of accomplishments and stature this unborn child would cast upon the world, Luke 1:26-35. A women, he had never slept with, verse 34. Then hearing Mary detail how this pregnancy came about through supernatural intervention. With instructions to name the new born baby, Jesus, verse 31. And that this new born was to be known as the Son of God, vs. 35. As the old saying goes, in Joseph’s world, indeed everything was hanging in the balance.
Then Mary slipped in the this bit of news. Jesus shall be great, and called the Son of the Highest. With the Lord God giving him the throne of his father David. Who knows how Joseph reacted to that news? Did any of this make sense? How could Jesus inherit his fathers throne? verse 32. Because David was dead, and King David’s, kingdom had long ago been ravaged by foreign invaders. And now controlled by the Roman Empire. Furthermore, Mary’s account of her pregnancy was startling and unusual enough in itself, verse 35. Joseph could well have thought he was dealing with a woman completely over taken by lunacy. With the balancing world tipping the wrong way.
But miraculously, the world regained equilibrium, hanging in the balance, as Joseph reconciled all this news and in time responded in a most admiral manner. We shall in time learn, not only how Joseph dealt with it, but how all of us can deal with it, but first.
As Joseph, could have concluded, that Mary, and all those around her were well meaning but obsessed with fantasy. Just like the millions of people today, who look upon our Christmas pageantry, as people well meaning but obsessed with fantasy. Reacting with rejection of any real account of the birth of Jesus Christ having ever occurred. Let alone, that his birth could bring into play any currant or future events associated with the scriptures. Shrugging off the magic of our Christmas pageantry as nonsense and a chance for retailers to use the season for tilting their cash registers with exorbitant profits. Substituting the seasons after season for giving into one of taking. Which abruptly ended, this year, making this whoring of Christmas with its tinsel and tree adorned colored lights a financial disaster for buyer and seller. Perhaps signaling from God, a disgust with business as usual.
And for those of us with a sense of scriptural insight, that is exactly what has occurred. Will it get better before it gets worse, again? Maybe! but eventually, there will be no financial healing of any sort. It will be nothing but wars, famines, disease and disastrous weather patterns, Matthew 24:7 and 21. That is the trailing end of our glorious Christmas pageant. When as the angel Gabriel announced to Mary, the baby you carry will inherit the throne of his father, David. But the times in between will be sorrowful. How sorrowful, read the preceding and following verses of verse seven. But for now, the world hangs in the balance.
Not recognized by many, but it’s the most prolific occurrence in history that is impacting us today. Gone are the days when the dominance of nations were struggles over control of land masses for the control of resources. Where also political, and economic ideologies were fought over. Causing arena’s of conflict over fascism verses freedom or communism verses capitalism. Today the fighting struggle for land masses and the control of resources is a struggle from a religious perspective. Where political and economic ideologies are being waged over which religion will insist that the conquered will practice politics and economics from their religions perspective.
If you really want to understand your world, learn to observe it through the lenses of your Old and New Testament scriptures. For now this is manifesting itself mostly through the Israeli Palestinian conflicts. And the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, with al-Qaeda providing the impetus to attack people and other nations through out the world. Basically it boils down to a struggle between three religions, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Pay attention because other players will emerge upon the world scene. Adding a global political twist to the arena of religion. Learn more about that with the discussion scheduled for tomorrow.
We like Joseph closed out our old year celebrating the pageantry of Mary’s angelic encounters. We know more about the magnitude of accomplishments and stature of this unborn child than did Joseph. We also know that this great lineage is a heritage between two great religions Judaism and Christianity. Embodied between Israel and the nations where the majority of people practice Christianity. But standing at the forefront of this bond between Judaism and Christianity are the people, who make up the nations of Israel and the United States. And determined to destroy this union wherever it is found are the people of Islam in whatever nation they are found.
For the year 2014, no matter how the world’s vast media conglomerates portray these conflicts, study them carefully. So as not to be misguided because to be forewarned is to be forearmed, Matthew 24:11. They will best serve us as guide posts for seeing the wisdom of our scriptures unfolding more clearly than at anytime in world history. Eventually tilting a world hanging in the balance in a disastrous direction. Requiring more than just angelic interventions as recorded in Matthew 24:22, “Unless those days should be shortened, there should be no flesh saved; but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.” This is the Christmas pageant when it makes its complete cycle. When the world shall safely hang in the balance.