Naming My Son

Matthew Chapter 1: Naming My Son

Something struck me this morning while I was reading through the genealogies of Matthew chapter 1. It is said of the patriarchs of old that only the mother or father could name their own child. An angel of the Lord comes to Joseph in a dream to inform him that his betrothed bride is pregnant with a son. Not only would this have been shocking for Joseph to be told the sex of the child in Mary’s womb; but for the angel to tell Joseph what to name him. By the Lord telling Joseph to name the baby Jesus, he was letting him know that the baby was his own very child. This baby was none other than the Son of God!

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