Sometimes when I read the Word I get a bit frustrated. I wonder why things are left out, The omissions seem to be a breach of clarity and a cavalcade of missed opportunities.
For instance– I want to know more about Joseph. This man stood by Mary when she was pregnant with Jesus, when he was not the father. Sure, an angel intervened, but that still must’ve been a hard thing. Some of my questions:
What were you feeling when Mary told you she was with child? What did your family think? Were you frustrated with the dirty stable? Did you ever doubt the angel’s word? Did the kings and shepherds intrude on the evening? What did you do with their lavish gifts of gold and incense?
Did you have to discipline Jesus? Was He picked on by other boys His age? Did Jesus have many friends? Did Jesus ever cry, and over what? What happen when He hit His thumb with a hammer? Did He “beat” you when you arm wrestled?
When you prayed did you look up to see Him listening? Did you feel comfortable around Him when you worshipped? What was Jesus’ prayer life like? Did He faithfully attend the synagogue with you?
The scriptures share little background information. All we really have is speculation and conjecture on what could of happened. We may only sit and wonder about these things.
Our curiosity is good, but only heaven will answer our questions. Perhaps for now it’s best we not know? The Gospel accounts are abbreviated but sufficient for believers today.
“Now there are also many other things that Jesus did. Were every one of them to be written, I suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that would be written.”
One thought on “Questions I Have for Joseph”
Good questions. I believe God is willing to fill in those missing places for those who are close to Him– friends of His– or for little children who believe they must know– the innocent and pure in heart. I don’t believe that what is not revealed is meant to remain concealed till Heaven. At one time, God said (to Daniel) to seal up or hide the things he was shown and told; later on, He told John not to seal but to reveal all those hidden things. The Bible says the glory of God is to conceal a matter but the glory of kings (those who come near enough to God to have authority with Him: intimate friends (Ps. 25:14) is to search it out or to uncover or reveal it. Little children ask many questions, and their parents are willing to answer them. How can God who is good not be far more willing to answer the questions we have? I believe God wants to reveal some of those many things Jesus did which are not revealed or recorded (I’ve also wondered some of those things) but that He’ll probably only do it for those who continually pursue the knowledge of it with faith that He will reveal but not for those who just stop seeking the revelation and say, “Ah, God will never tell. If He wanted us to know, it would’ve been written in the Bible.” But Jesus told the disciples He had more to tell them (more things that would be recorded) but that they were too much for the disciples to bear– that rather the Holy Spirit, when He came, would lead them into all truth or reveal all truth to them. (1Jn. 2:20, 26-27.) This is just what we have now: lots of spaces and missing stories (after all, the Bible would have been too big for anyone to carry around if all these stories were in it, and I believe God foresaw that and ‘trimmed it down’ accordingly) but also a Holy Spirit who fills in those spaces through revelation. I hope that helps. God bless.
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