Jesus and Joseph

Luke Bible Background

03.23.2017 – New Testament: Luke 3.23b

To read the Bible in a year, read Luke 3 on March 23, In the year of our Lord 2017

By Don Ruhl

When Luke listed the genealogy of Jesus, Luke started with Jesus and went back to Adam, whereas Matthew started with Abraham and moved forward to Jesus. After declaring that Jesus began His ministry at about 30 years of age, Luke began the genealogy this way,

Now Jesus Himself began His ministry at about thirty years of age, being (as was supposed) the son of Joseph, the son of Heli… (Luke 3.23). 

Joseph had not begotten Jesus biologically, but Joseph had certainly acted as a father to Jesus, even as any good man does who adopts a child. Therefore, to protect the truth that Jesus was born of a virgin, Luke recorded that Jesus was the son of Joseph, “as was supposed,” but to protect the fatherhood of Joseph, Luke also recorded that Jesus was the son of Joseph.

Questions:

  • What makes a father?
  • Have you had a step- or adoptive- parent?

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