Birth of Jesus Foretold – Mary and the Angel

In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin’s name was Mary. And he came to her and said, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!” But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be. And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.” And Mary said to the angel, “How will this be, since I am a virgin?” Luke 1:25-34

Often we picture Mary as a young lady maybe a teenager of 16 or so but she could well have been as young as 12 or 13. This seems shocking today but at the time a Jewish girl could be betrothed at 12 and married within a year. However, if Mary was 12, 16 or older what a shock to be suddenly in the presence of an angel of God. In most cases the first thing an angel says to a human is “fear not”. Here we have the angel Gabriel standing before Mary and telling her that she has been chosen by God to be the mother of His son.

Mary answers that it is impossible for her to bear a son as she is still a virgin. But of course what we see as impossible is no problem for God. Sill for Mary this is quite a problem. She has yet to be married to Joseph and now finds out she will be pregnant with a child that Joseph will know cannot be his. While young girls getting pregnant is not seen as a big deal today that was not the case back then. The best that Mary could hope for was to be sent away maybe to live with relatives in another city. Normally she would have been turned out to fend for herself and in many cases she would be stoned to death. No this announcement would not have been taken lightly by Mary. Her fate would be up to Joseph.

God would not let anything bad happen to Mary and He sent an angel to Joseph telling Joseph of God’s plan. It is a credit to Joseph’s faith that he chose to do the hard thing and obey God rather than taking the easy popular way. Believe me, people are alike and even back then they would be counting the days between the marriage and the birth.

A young girl, an angel and a plan that will change the world all taking place in a little out of the way town in the outskirts of the Roman Empire. In just nine short months God will descend down and take human form.

Have a blessed day,

David

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About dwwork

The name of this blog is taken from 1 Peter 3:13 - “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience. This verse became special to me over ten years ago when I was asked to teach an adult Sunday school class on Christian apologetics. This interest grew over the years to the point that I took some graduate level classes in apologetics. I think the best way to be prepared to give and answer to everyone who asks is to know scripture. It is my hope that through these short devotionals the reader will become more familiar with each verse. I have tried when possible to make them personal hoping in some small way to show that God’s word written over two thousand years ago is still relevant today. In the writing of these short devotionals I have been able to better understand how God’s word impacts my life. It is my hope that you too will come closer to our Lord Jesus and develop a closer relationship with Him. Finally, if the reader finds anything in conflict with scripture please let me know. God’s word is the final authority always overrules anything I might write. David
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