A guy I know was once infatuated with a young lady of suspect virtue. Then, one memorable night, he learned that this lady had, shall we say, "a history." Including with the guy he was rooming with.
It can be stunning to learn that things are not symmetrical with the object of one's chaste and all-consuming desire. To learn that she may be your first, but you are number 1 ... n in her list!
Imagine the cauldron of emotional upheaval that buffeted Yusuf when Meryem came home after a visit with her cousin Elizabeth -- and was six months pregnant. Matt. 1:19 describes the man's true nobility:
Meryem'in nişanlısı Yusu, doğru bir adam olduğu ve onu herkesin önünde utandırmak istemediği için ondan gizlice ayrılmak niyetindeydi.A few words to revıew:
- nişanlısı -- betrothed
- doğru -- righteous. straight. true.
- herkesin -- everybody
- utandırmak -- to put to shame
- gizlice -- secretly
It was after Yusuf decided to do the kind thing that supernatural encouragement came his way. His sterling character shines forth, however, since he made the decision to subordinate his own reputation, and his own outraged feelings, to the welfare of Meryem and the babe she carried.
(For the record, Christians do not believe that God had carnal relations with Meryem. Like Muslims, we believe that Jesus was conceived by a miracle, and Meryem's virginity was not impaired.)