Hear Ye! Hear Ye!
But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins. ~Matthew 1:20-21
Back in the day, major public announcements were made with a town crier or another public official who cried out, “Hear ye! Hear ye!” Everyone would stop and give their full attention to the announcement that was to be made. In Matt. 1:20-21, we see an announcement given to Joseph. This announcement changed the course of the remainder of his earthly life, and would pave the way for the greatest act of love ever demonstrated.
We see the discouraging MISERY.
Prior to the announcement, Joseph was a man in a miserable state. His beloved bride-to-be, Mary, told him that she had received a visit from the angel Gabriel to tell her that she was with child by the Holy Ghost, and that the baby would be the awaited Messiah, Jesus. Joseph was heartbroken to hear that Mary was pregnant. He had a difficult time believing what she told him. His