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Lesson # Luke 1:34-38
Study Material - Luke 1:34-38
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34 And Mary said to the angel, 'How can this be, since I am a virgin?' 35 And the angel answered and said to her, 'The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; and for that reason the holy offspring shall be called the Son of God. 36 'And behold, even your relative Elizabeth has also conceived a son in her old age; and she who was called barren is now in her sixth month. 37 'For nothing will be impossible with God.' 38 And Mary said, 'Behold, the bondslave of the Lord; be it done to me according to your word.' And the angel departed from her.
'How is this possible?', is Mary's response. When Gabriel approached Zacharias, Zacharias expressed doubt and outright rejected what he was told. And for that he was silenced for 9 months plus. Mary on the other hand expressed curiosity. She displays the desire to know and understand more as to how this conception will be possible. She is a mature believer and knows of the prophecy of the virgin birth, and here makes inquiry as to how this will happen.
Gabriel responds with the explanation to her question. For by the Holy Spirit the seed not of man but from God will be planted inside her. The child is referred to as the seed of woman. Joseph is excluded in this pregnancy, but Mary's seed, the female egg is included, and God provides by means of His power, the same power that created the universe and everything in it, will create a single sperm to impregnate her egg. Thus the child will be both human, from the seed of the woman, and God, from the power of God. He is both the son of man and the Son of God, the unique person of the universe.
The seed of man is excluded because the seed of man, of Adam, passes down the sin nature which Adam acquired when he committed that single sin in the Garden. For by one man, Adam, all have sinned. Genetically this sin nature is passed down through all generations and it is transmitted down through the sperm of the male. The egg of the female is somehow excluded from this transmission. We know this because Jesus is born without a sin nature, born perfect and without blemish. Yet every human being who is born, is born spiritually dead. The only difference is the seed of man vs. the seed of woman. Ecc. 11:5, No one knows how the bones are formed in the womb, just as we do not know from where the wind originates. We haven't yet unlocked all the secrets of DNA, or chromosome combinations. The more the work is done in this field, the more questions are asked. Many theories exist, but the exact function of the forming of the fetus, other than the general knowledge we have today, is still a mystery. Even in agriculture, genetic engineering is still a sort of trial and error experiment.
1 Tim. 3:16, the mystery of how God can become flesh is not revealed. Jer. 31:22, But God created a new thing. Creation did not end with the restoration of the planet earth, nor with the creation of Adam and Eve. There was yet one more creation to be concluded, and that was the God/man, Jesus Christ.
Gabriel further informs Mary that Elizabeth has become pregnant and that she is in her sixth month. Throughout the scriptures there are several instances of older couples who have been blessed with children even after they were unable to function sexually. These miracles of the restoration of the sexual abilities were probably designed to instill faith as well as prepare a world for the possibility of a virgin birth, which is another impossibility, at least by human standards. But with God nothing is impossible. Therefore if we believe that anything is possible then we are less likely to become disenchanted with life. We can get through the tough times that may at times seem to never end. Faith without testing is useless and weak. True strength comes from the fires of tests which prove the metal of your faith.
Mary is further reassured of the event of her own pregnancy, by the knowledge of Elizabeth's pregnancy, which was considered by all to be impossible because of her old age and infertility throughout her life. Mary takes on an attitude of humility and belief through faith. She accepts the message as truth and acknowledges God's work. Quite a contrast to the response that Zacharias displayed. Mary was most likely a very remarkable woman. Though young and poor, she displays a thorough knowledge of doctrine and a humble attitude in her spiritual status. We will see more of her response in the next few verses. She does not go out and try to capitalize on her situation in boasting or otherwise.
So two miracles are presented. Man had no hand in either one of them. Man cannot regenerate dead sexual organs. I don't care how much viagra (or how ever you spell it) you take. And if the woman doesn't ovulate there are no eggs to fertilize. The virgin pregnancy is another matter, and cloning of humans is not a science yet. But God provided all the where with all to accomplish these miracles. He did all the work to the exclusion of man's input. More has happened to people in history past, than will most probably happen to any of us. So any problems we encounter should not bother us.
But no matter what you run into in life, problem wise, if you are up to strength in your spiritual growth, if you are consistent in your daily study, if you remain in fellowship with God, then there is nothing in life that can harm you. Even if God brings you to the very edge of disaster, you will survive and be the better for it.
Mary was probably stunned at first on hearing that she was selected by God for this virgin pregnancy. Yet her spiritual strength held her poise, and the revelation of the blessing that only she alone would receive, did not send her into shock and disbelief. Everything fit up to this point. She was of the house of David and so was Joseph. I'm sure they both knew of the others ancestry even though it wouldn't buy them a cup of coffee up to now. They were both from the tribe of Judah. The only thing that was missing was that they did not live in Judah, but Mary was about to go to Elizabeth for a visit and it will be there in Judah, in Hebron where the pregnancy will take place. This is why they will go to Bethlehem for the census, but that is another lesson.
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End Of Lesson
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