SUNDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2022
10:30 AM (kids! + communion)
ADVENT 4: Love
Biblical Manhood with Shel Boese
“When male pastors call on us to recover something called “biblical manhood,” I suspect they’re not thinking of the silent, loyal Joseph submitting himself humbly to his wife’s God-given calling” -Michael Frost. On this fourth Sunday of Advent, we read one of the classic accounts of the birth of Jesus, and zoom in on Joseph—a model of openness and maturity in the face of cultural pressure and his own expectations.
THROUGH THE TEXT: Matthew 1:18-25 (NET + The Message)
Images depicting Joseph
Image 1: by Matt Chinworth
Image 2: In this picture by 18th-century French printmaker Antoine Alexandre Morel, the carpenter Joseph gazes at the writ of divorce he is considering drawing up against his betrothed Mary. He has decided not to condemn Mary publicly as an adulteress but to divorce her quietly. Here he solemnly contemplates the paperwork that will whisk her from his life. But Morel has placed a sprig of lilies across Joseph’s lap to remind us of his faithfulness, alluding to Hosea 14:5—“The just man shall blossom like the lily.”
Image 3: by João Fucci
What age was St. Joseph? Was he old or young?
THROUGH THE TEXT
Matthew 1:18 Now the birth of Jesus the Messiah[a] took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found to be pregnant from the Holy Spirit.
1. BIBLICAL MANHOOD is...
Hauerwas, 35 “One of the great enemies of the gospel is sentimentality, and the stories surrounding Jesus’ birth have proven to be ready material for maudlin sentiment. Matthew’s account of Jesus’ conception and birth is unapologetically realistic. Joseph, not Mary, is the main actor. John Chrysostom praises Joseph as a man of exceptional self-restraint since he must have been free of that most tyrannical passion, jealousy. Unwilling to cause Mary distress, to expose her to public disgrace, he planned to dismiss her discreetly. Joseph, therefore, refused to act according to the law, but rather chose to act in a manner that Jesus himself would later exemplify by his attitude toward known sinners” (Matt 9:10-13).
2. BIBLICAL MANHOOD
3. BIBLICAL MANHOOD
Matthew 1:20b “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.
4. BIBLICAL MANHOOD is naming fear...
“Intellectual humility—knowing that one might be wrong—restrains bullheaded fanaticism. Humility enables civil discourse. Humility underlies science. Humility facilitates critical thinking, which puts testable ideas—including one’s own—to the test. Nullius in verba (Britain’s Royal Society motto): Take nobody’s word for it. To accept everything is to be gullible; to deny everything is to be a cynic.” -Excerpted from How Do We Know Ourselves?: Curiosities and Marvels of the Human Mind by David G. Myers. Copyright © 2022.
‘Humility also supports healthy relationships. Humility’s opposite is pride, which so often feeds contempt for others. Even Dale Carnegie, America’s twentieth-century positive thinking apostle, foresaw the danger: “Each nation feels superior to other nations. That breeds patriotism—and wars.”’
Humility, by contrast, entails an accurate understanding of self. To paraphrase C. S. Lewis, true humility is not thinking we are less than others, but rather allows us to recognize both our own talents and others’ strengths. Humility also involves modest self-presentation. When we share and accept credit without seeking attention, we are not (to again paraphrase C. S. Lewis) thinking less of ourselves but thinking of ourselves less.
Matthew 1:21 She will bear a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”
6. BIBLICAL MANHOOD also submits to...
Matthew 1:22-23 All this took place to fulfill what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet:
23 “Look, the virgin shall become pregnant and give birth to a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel,”
which means, “God is with us.”
7. BIBLICAL MANHOOD learns the...
Matthew 1:24-25 When Joseph awoke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him; he took her as his wife 25 but had no marital relations with her until she had given birth to a son,[b] and he named him Jesus.
8. BIBLICAL MANHOOD...
ARRIVAL AND LANDING
9. “biblical manhood” may mean....