Mary

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Mother of Jesus

As we open up the Bible and read the book of Genesis, we learn of the promise that God has for us by someday having a way out for us through Jesus Christ. Gen 3:15 says, “And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.”

Throughout generations, women desired to have the privilege to carry, deliver, and raise the Messiah.  But there would only be one person that would have the honor to accomplish the task.

What kind of special talents, skills, and expertise did this type of woman need to have?  What would set her apart from any other woman in the world?

Introduction

An angel of God was sent to a town of Galilee named Nazareth.   He visited a virgin girl who was engaged to be married (Luke1:26-27).  As we can see, this was an ordinary girl who was living a normal Jewish life and was in the process of engagement and preparing for marriage to a man named Joseph.

She was highly favored in God’s eyes.  This doesn’t mean that she was a perfect person but it does mean that she was obedient and faithful to His Word.

When she was approached by the angel, Gabriel, she was a little confused by his entrance.  What did he mean by his words? (Luke 1:28-29).  He realized her confusion and clarified to her why he was there and what was about to happen (Luke 1:30-33).  As she listened, she was able to comprehend all that Gabriel was communicating to her.

Mary asked how could this happen since I have no husband.  She wanted the details of this wonderful assignment that has just been given to her.   As she listened to the angels’ answer that it would be through the Holy Spirit that she would conceive, she must have had so many thoughts running through her mind.   But she listened further and was comforted by his words.  “Let it be done to me according to what you have said”, were her last words to the angel before he departed from her (Luke 1:34-38).

The angel didn’t have to convince her otherwise.  She immediately accepted the calling that was set forth for her life.  That’s how we have to come to the Lord when He gives us an assignment.  Come boldly before the throne and move into position the assignment that’s set forth for us.  But we hesitate and look at our carnal life and start to doubt the things of the Spirit.

Obedience Pushes to Next Level

Mary followed the instructions and visited her cousin Elizabeth, who was six months pregnant.  The child’s life, John the Baptist, was destined to set the path for the chosen One, Jesus Christ.

We may wonder why Mary was sent away to visit Elizabeth for three months.  If we take the incident and apply it to our lives we can understand the importance of this visit.  We are just given a wonderful revelation; What do we do next?  The first thing we have to do is keep the fire burning in our hearts and mind.  Because if we let the fire blow out, we start to disbelieve and lose faith in what was revealed to us.  How do we do that?  Well, we have to confide in others who we trust and gather with these individuals for encouragement and spiritual uplifting.  When Elizabeth heard Mary’s voice, she was filled with the Holy Spirit and the unborn child leaped for joy (Luke 1:39-44).  They were in agreement and would be a support for each other.

 

Matthew 18:18-20:
18Truly I tell you, whatever you forbid and declare to be improper and unlawful on earth must be what is already forbidden in heaven, and whatever you permit and declare proper and lawful on earth must be what is already permitted in heaven.
19Again I tell you, if two of you on earth agree (harmonize together, make a symphony together) about whatever [anything and everything] they may ask, it will come to pass and be done for them by My Father in heaven. 
20For wherever two or three are gathered (drawn together as My followers) in (into) My name, there I AM in the midst of them.

Not everyone is going to be on your side and believe in the spiritual wonders that the Lord does in your life.  You’ll have people who will envy, gossip, and try to steal the joy from you.  We have to be very careful who we let in our inner circle.  The Holy Spirit will lead you and bring the people you need to move on.  In this case, Elizabeth was the chosen person.  It’s no coincidence that Elizabeth would be a pathway for Mary; and John the Baptist for Jesus Christ. The Lord will bring those individuals that will mentor and coach you to a certain point in your life.

Luke 1:46-55 (Mary’s Song)

And Mary said:
“My soul glorifies the Lord
and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
for he has been mindful
of the humble state of his servant.
From now on all generations will call me blessed,
for the Mighty One has done great things for me—
holy is his name.
His mercy extends to those who fear him,
from generation to generation.
He has performed mighty deeds with his arm;
he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts.
He has brought down rulers from their thrones
but has lifted up the humble.
He has filled the hungry with good things
but has sent the rich away empty.
He has helped his servant Israel,
remembering to be merciful
to Abraham and his descendants forever,
even as he said to our fathers.”
 (NIV)

 

God Puts Order In the Destiny

How was God going to deal with Joseph, Mary’s future spouse?  We have to remember when God puts things in order, we see His hand upon every situation to its completion.  When we read Mathew 1:18-25, we see how Joseph was unsure on what to do.  But he gets convicted by an angel through a dream and is reassured of her pregnancy and the assignment they are called to do.  He doesn’t question or complain about it.  He honors and protects Mary and the unborn child.

Mary and Joseph’s life would never be the same.  Did Mary really know how instrumental and crucial her role would play in the life of Jesus?  In Luke 2:8-18, we read where the angels visited the shepherds after Jesus’ birth and told them of the “great news” and in verse 19, we read how Mary just keeps everything to herself.  No reaction either way; she just ponders.  We see again in verse 25-32, when Simeon speaks through the Holy Spirit what was revealed to him and in verse 33, they marveled on what was said.  Simeon also warns her of the important assignment of Jesus (v. 34), and how “a sword will pierce through her own soul” (v. 35).  By this indication, we can assume that Joseph would be alive during Jesus’ younger years, but would be deceased by the time he goes into ministry.  Simeon spoke to Mary not Joseph (v. 34).

Mary would witness many miracles and healings, signs, and wonders with Jesus unlike no other mother would.

  • Take care of Jesus and keep him from danger of being killed by King Herod
  • Grow to love him as their own earthly child
  • Watch him as “Jesus” at 12 years old saying in Luke 2:49, “And He said to them, How is it that you had to look for Me? Did you not see and know that it is necessary [as a duty] for Me [a]to be in My Father’s house and [occupied] about My Father’s business?”

 

 

  • Be present at Jesus’ first miracle (John 2) – water into wine
  • Watch Jesus have near death experiences and escape only by the hand of God

 

  • Watch people reject Him because they saw Him as the son of Mary & Joseph instead of seeing Him as the Messiah

 

  • Watch Jesus cast out demons, heal the sick, and watch her son convert many to the kingdom of God

 

  • Watch Jesus betrayed by many and as close to his one of His disciples
  • Bury her first son
  • Witnessed and partook in the spreading of the gospel

 

As Jesus hung on the cross, He commissioned John, the apostle to take care of his mother (John 19:26-27).  “When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son!  Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy mother! And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home.”

 

Questions1
  1. Did Mary have any talents, skills, or expertise different from anyone else to have been chosen as the mother of Jesus?
  2. How do we respond when life seems to be going as “normal” and the Lord calls you out of that “normalcy” and gives you an opportunity to serve Him?
  3. Mary was in the process of preparing for marriage to Joseph.  But she was able to put that part of her life aside and carry the work that God had for her.  She sings “her song” and starts to move in the Will of God.  How is she able to do this?
  4. How important is it to pair up with the right person, in marriage, when doing God’s work?
  5. Do you think Mary was a “thick skinned” or a “soft skinned” individual?
  6. How can we pray for you to be like Mary and listen to the Lord when He calls us to do His Will?

 

References

  1. Inspired by the Holy Spirit to Beverley V.

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Examples of God’s Promises – Three Cycles God takes us through in response to receiving God’s promises made in faith.

  a. Promise 
  b. Problem 
  c. Provision

Promise: Mary1
Mary was given the honor to carry Jesus in her womb for 9 months, together with Joseph, care for this precious child, raise Him up as the Lord instructed, and watch him grow into the Symbol and Deliverer for the people of the Earth.

Problem: The devil tried to stop this process by:

  • Using Cain to kill Abel. Abel was the one carrying the seed of the Messiah. God then gave that promise to Seth (Genesis 4:25).

 

  • Earth became unimaginably corrupted causing Noah’s flood (Genesis 6)
  • Using King Herod to kill all baby boys the age of 2 years old and under (Mathew 2:13-20)

 

  • And much more…


Provision:
 The Seed Protected
As we studied the women of the bible from Eve to Mary, we read the challenges every woman faced.  The decisions that had to be made, and the sacrifices that were set forth to move closer to the birth of the Messiah.  In every instance, when the woman decided to follow God, He stretched out his hand to her and lead her on the path to victory.

Praises and glory to the Lord for always providing.

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