A Note to My Readers -
I've decided to remove my Sunday posts from the weekly cycle. Although I hope they've been of benefit to some of you, they are necessarily secondary to my regular work of sermon preparation each week. I've found that having that extra post to write simply added to the burden of my work. For those readers who would still like access to my weekly work in Scriptural exposition, I would ask them to access the podcasts of my sermons (available through a link in the sidebar), since that remains the primary form of my Bible teaching each week.
Wednesday, August 02, 2017
The Evangeliad (2:1-4)
Section 2:1-4 (corresponding to Matthew 1:18-21)
Now this was the birth of Jesus the Lord,
Full incarnation of God's holy Word:
Mary his mother to Joseph was pledged,
But she began bearing before they were wed.
And Joseph, a man of character set,
Wherein compassion and righteousness met,
Made resolution to quietly part,
And no further shame to Mary impart.
After resolving this heartbroken plan,
An angel of God made visit to him,
And spoke in a dream: "Oh, be not afraid!
Let not appearances leave you dismayed!
Thou, Son of David, listen to me:
Your wife bears not shame, but divinity!
The son she conceived is born from above:
He who is coming to save and to love!
Take your beloved, and marry her still:
Thus shall the will of the Lord be fulfilled.
When he is born, call him Jesus by name,
For he from their sins God's people will save."