Monday, December 20, 2010

Mary and the angel

I wanted to take a break from reading through the Psalms and read the Christmas story this week. Hope you enjoy it too.  Forgive me, God made me an artist so His Word really comes to life in images.  The story begins in the Old Testament with prophecies.  It is such an incredible story, I'm sure people debated how they could possibly be fulfilled for many years.  I wonder if they debated whether scripture is literal or figurative...  Here's one prophecy:
Isa 7:14-15
14 Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel. 

After many many years, the angel Gabriel visits Mary.
Luke 1:26-38
26 Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, 27 to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin's name was Mary. 28 And having come in, the angel said to her, "Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!"
29 But when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and considered what manner of greeting this was
This is a common reaction to an angel's appearance in the Bible.  Most people are afraid.  I understand her concern about this greeting.  People often say things that sound very good, only to learn it was manipulative.  Mary must've been a wise woman.

30 Then the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus. 32 He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. 33 And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end."
34 Then Mary said to the angel, "How can this be, since I do not know a man?"
Her response is so sincere.  What!!?  Wait a minute...

35 And the angel answered and said to her, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God. 36 Now indeed, Elizabeth your relative has also conceived a son in her old age; and this is now the sixth month for her who was called barren. 37 For with God nothing will be impossible."
38 Then Mary said, "Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word." And the angel departed from her.
Her faith must've been very strong.  She happily and willingly submits, acknowledging she is a maidservant.  Perhaps this is why God chose her to bear His Son.  Her faith is simple trust, she is humble, and wise.  When people ask me why God would use a virgin to come to earth.  I answer, "Why not?  He's God He can do anything."  But in order for Jesus to be the Son of God, the immaculate conception was a very logical choice...  err according to my limited understanding.  You would think God would choose a wealthy family, people with educations, and a big safe house.  But not our God.  He chose Mary and Joseph, two hardworking young people, with a simple faith that helped change the world.


  1. Hi Karen! I enjoy your writing. I love prophecy and this is a beautiful one. :) It got me to thinking about why God chose Mary to give birth his son. Something I haven't thought about for awhile. And though it is true God chose Mary because she was a faithful servant it was also because Mary was of the tribe of Judah and a descendant of David. Because his adoptive father Joseph was also a descendant of David, Jesus held the hereditary right to “the throne of David his father.” (Lu 1:32; Ac 13:22, 23; 2Ti 2:8) This also fulfilled the prophecy at Isaiah 9:7.

    Very nice thought :) Thanks for sharing!

  2. Thanks Summer! You are absolutely right. Something cool about David is many of the Psalms were written by him that I've been studying. When his son Solomon sinned- God spared him because of his father David and in Revelation David is mentioned again in the new Jerusalem. He was a man after God's own heart. Thanks for your comments.