The sermon tonight for the Christmas Eve service had me thinking… So, Joseph was apparently a “just man”, and we are given evidence of this by him not punishing Mary for her betrayal - He sought to divorce her quietly, so as to not face shame or death by stoning. Either way, if those are just things for the crime, then seeking to excuse them is not just.
And if justice demands punishment, according to many Christians, then Joseph would be unjust by trying divorce her quietly. In fact, that would be a perversion of justice if we look to have someone escape it.
If YHWY really believed adultery was worthy of death, and Christ had not yet come to usher us into this “grace” age (since he was not yet born), as many claim, then it is safe to say that Joseph was not a just man, or God never commanded such things. I think the latter, which makes me wonder why we would believe much of anything in the OT regarding God’s character and his desires for us when the NT is at odds with much of it.