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All went to their own towns to be registered. Joseph also went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to the city of David called Bethlehem, because he was descended from the house and family of David. (Luke 2:3,4)
I don’t want to be Joseph in this story. Joseph is powerless. He is carried along with the crowd. He has no control over his destiny; he can only resign himself to the ridiculous decree of the Emperor Augustus “that all the world should be registered.” Joseph is forced take Mary and leave home, family, and work to make a long, difficult, and pointless journey simply because of the senseless decree of a despotic ruler.
When I find myself in Joseph’s sandals I often respond with anger, bitterness, resentment. It is not fair that Augustus should be able to issue arbitrary decrees and throw my whole life into a state of such complete chaos.
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