A Righteous Man Into A Dad
December 10, 2017 – Rev. Ric Shewell
“A Righteous Man into a Dad”
“Joseph, her husband-to-be, was a RIGHTEOUS man…”
dichainos = righteous, “covenant keeper,” law keeper
Deut. 22:13-24: punishment for promiscuous brides…
Deut. 24:1-2: the divorce option…
Rather than following the law, Joseph seeks a more ETHICAL WAY .
Joseph goes beyond the law, beyond the most ethical way, Joseph acts on FAITH.
Joseph ADOPTS Jesus.
What kind of father was Joseph?
“Pray like this: Our Father…”
“Be compassionate as your Father is compassionate…”
“A Father had two sons…”
– Go beyond just lawful, or just ethical. Be attune to new ways God is calling you to love extravagantly.
– Who needs grace that they do not deserve?
– Practice radical hospitality for Christmas Eve.
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