Mary’s of the Bible 7

This post is Day 7 in a series of studies about “Mary’s of the Bible”. I strongly suggest you begin with the introduction to this study, please click here to read it.

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Mary’s of the Bible – Day 7

Matthew 13:55

Isn’t this the carpenter’s son? Isn’t His mother’s name Mary, and aren’t His brothers James, Joseph, Simon and Judas?

The Thought

This verse is one of those controversial ones ignored by many churches. There are some denominations across the world where it is taught that Mary was a virgin all her life. But the Holy Bible does not give us that option. Some people have suggested that these verses mean that Joseph had been married before. His wife had died so Joseph was left to bring up those children alone, and consequently brought them with him when he married Mary. You can read the Bible from cover to cover and you will not find that written anywhere in the Holy Scriptures!

Both Matthew and Mark give us the truth when they record a conversation that must have happened in quite a few homes. Isn’t this the carpenter’s son? Isn’t His mother’s name Mary, and aren’t His brothers James, Joseph, Simon and Judas? (Mark 6:3).

That’s what the people around Jesus were saying when He began to manifest the character of His Heavenly Father and started His ministry of miracles and healing around where He lived in Nazareth.


Think today about some of the things you were taught as a child, but since have discovered they were not the absolute truth. Ask yourself if you have done the same to the next generation.

Read Matthew 13 today and be blessed by the stories Jesus told. The ones that started the discussion among those who had known Jesus as a child. Imagine if the child of one of your neighbours had begun to do the same things. How would you feel? Would you think that he might have been sent from God?

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