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Lesson # Luke 1:26-33
Study Material - Luke 1:26-33
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26 Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city in Galilee, called Nazareth, 27 to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the descendants of David; and the virgin's name was Mary. 28 And coming in, he said to her, 'Hail, favored one! The Lord is with you.' 29 But she was greatly troubled at this statement, and kept pondering what kind of salutation this might be. 30 And 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 bear a son, and you shall name Him Jesus. 32 'He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High; 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 His kingdom will have no end.'
Six months after the conception of Elizabeth, the mother to be of John the Baptist, the same angel, Gabriel is sent to Mary to announce to her that she will soon become pregnant, but not by man. This pregnancy will be unique and foretold of many centuries before.
Angels though are divided into two groups, namely the unredeemed and the redeemed, the fallen angels and those who did choose for God. These angels did not provide redemption neither for themselves or for mankind, but God uses them in their assigned employment for the various tasks. Gabriel is apparently in the diplomatic corps, for he is used in several instances for communication of God's message to various people. So far we have seen the communication to Zacharias regarding John the Baptist, and now to Mary. Centuries before Gabriel communicated with Daniel.
God always provides doctrine before an impending event. God never surprises us with sudden events or actions, but always gives plenty of notice for us to prepare. God sent Gabriel to a specific location and to a specific person. In heaven there is perfect identification as to who each of us is and where we are at any given moment in time. There is no uncertainty in heaven. On earth however the is always uncertainty. We don't know exactly what tomorrow will bring. We can't even forecast the weather very well. But God has all the facts and nothing in doctrine is ever ambiguous.
Mary is the person the Gabriel was sent. Miriam means the same as Mary, which means 'exalted'. Miriam was the sister of Moses and Aaron. Mary was descended from the house of David, though she was in poverty, or at least in a poor state. Her ancestry was of royal blood. Likewise, her future husband, Joseph, was of the house of David. He too was of a poor state, but they came together in their desire to be married, and of their own free will choice. No one paired them up for this specific occasion.
Mary was a virgin. So she did not fool around with Joseph prior to the marriage, nor prior to the virgin pregnancy. If they had Satan would have called foul and attempted to invalidate the virgin pregnancy which produced Jesus.
Gabriel addressed her, in an unusual manner. Such that it caused concern in her mind. Gabriel knew her name, he called her the favored one, but he carried a presence of authority that made her listen to his message. She did not respond to him initially. Gabriel quickly calmed her fears in order to stabilize her mental state. She was well poised and since Gabriel mentioned her being favored with God, she apparently had substantial spiritual growth under her belt. A spiritually mature believer is not generally startled by events in life. Generally alert and able to discern between the quacks of this world from the legitimate people and propaganda and such.
Gabriel went on and announced to her, the pregnancy that would occur, the outcome of the pregnancy, the name of the child, and his destiny. Now if someone came to your door and made this kind of announcement, you would probably call the police and those people who wear the white coats. And rightfully so. This event will never occur again in history. So all those ladies who are spending their time in convents waiting for their calling to a virgin pregnancy, are wasting their time. Won't happen!
Mary knew doctrine and apparently knew the prophecy of the virgin pregnancy as foretold by Isaiah, Isa. 7:14. But she did not recall it immediately. She was a little confused by the announcement.
Gabriel goes on declaring that this son would be the Son of God, the next and final King of the nation of Israel, (the reference to Jacob whose name was later changed to Israel, hence the name of the nation). And that this kingdom would last forever. It would never end.
Quite a shock for Mary I'm sure. So now we have the announcement of the first advent of Christ, and the person identified who will be the one to carry the child in pregnancy. You can rest assured that Satan was close by plotting the destruction of the child, Rev. 12:4. Satan did everything he possibly could to destroy the child. But those who are in God's care are well protected and nothing in this world can harm them.
God often breaths a mouth full on us. As we learn Bible doctrine we are sometimes overwhelmed with the thought of the message we have heard or read. We take time to ponder the words and their meanings and sometimes it takes a while to absorb all the message has to offer. The knowledge of God is vast and deep.
Mary was not the one who selected herself. God selected her in eternity past. She did not cause her own pregnancy. God did that. God has total control over history and has made provision for every contingency. We of course call unknowns, contingencies, but God knows all that will happen so he provides for all things certain and as He has decreed them to be. See the Decree Chart on the Index Page under Images.
We do not pray to Mary. She is not a Deity, no more than Moses, or Daniel, or Paul or even Adam, or any of a number of others named in the Bible for their faith accomplishments. She is a normal person. A believer with doctrine in her soul. The real heroes of this world are not people, but people with doctrine in their souls, spiritually mature believers, whom God uses for His intended purposes. Sometimes those purposes are great and receive a lot of attention, and sometimes they are not great and go unnoticed by the printers of this world. But God notices every one, and deems everyone great. You can be just as great spiritually and a hero of this world by learning doctrine and advancing to spiritual maturity. Most likely no one in this world will ever hear of you or know your name, but God knows you and He is the only one who needs to know.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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