Bible Studies for Life
December 16 2018
Luke 1:26-38 (HCSB)
The situation was rather dire from Mary’s perspective. She was betrothed to Joseph; the dowry had been paid to her family; they had not consummated their marriage and she was pregnant. The strangest part of all was that she had not been intimate with a man. Perhaps she kept saying over and over in her head “How can this be?”
The angel Gabriel visited Mary and said to her “Rejoice favored woman! The Lord is with you” (Luke 1:28). If she wasn’t troubled enough this troubled her even more. An angel with a strange greeting “deeply troubled” her. “Deeply troubled” is the Greek phrase siata-paxthe which only appears here. This phrase describes being “confused and perplexed.”
She didn’t quite know what to make of it.
Gabriel understood Mary’s confusion. He told her not to be afraid and then explained what was happening to her (Luke 1:30-33). It did not relieve her confusion immediately. She asked “How can this be since I have not been intimate with a man?” (Luke 1:34). Gabriel had the answer “The Holy Spirit will come upon you and the power of the Most High will overshadow you” (Luke 1:35). He explained that this child would be called the “Son of God” (Luke 1:35). In verses 36-37 Gabriel explained the miracle she was experiencing. He explained that Elizabeth was also having a baby in her old age.
Mary said two important things. First she said “I am the Lord’s slave” (Luke 1:38). This reveals that she totally trusted the Lord. Second she said “May it be done to me according to your word” (Luke 1:38). Because she believed the Word of the Lord she could be used by the Spirit to accomplish the will of God. Mary’s believing response was to surrender herself to God as a willing servant.
Mary is a great example for us to follow. She exemplified the courage we can have as we trust God’s plan for our lives.