“What Is Your Truth Today,” Introducing Women of the Bible and their Truth

  Mary, The Mother of Jesus         

Handmaid of the Lord

“What is Your Truth Today” will be introducing to you a series entitled “Woman of the Bible and their Truth.”  The women we will be speaking of are no different from the women of today.  Some of the women will accept God while others will oppose God.  One thing we must know, we are all called by God.  We have His purpose to fulfill.  If I were to include another sub-title for this series, I would entitle it “Accept or Reject Your Calling.”

The first woman of the bible we will be discussing will be Mary, the Mother of Jesus Christ.

Let me begin by saying,  “Mary the Mother of Jesus” did not die for you or I.  Scripture tell us that Mary was bless and highly favored by God.  Mary was the vessel God Almighty used to fulfill the prophecy  prophesied by the prophet Isaiah.

Isaiah 7:14:  Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.

Let us  look at our first introduction of Mary, the Mother of Jesus in the scripture.

Luke 1:26-35 (Amplified Version)  Now in the sixth month [after that], the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee named Nazareth, to a girl never having been married and a virgin engaged  to be married to a man whose name was Joseph, a descendant of the house of David; and the virgin’s name Mary.  And having come in, the angel said to her, Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!”  But when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and considered what manner of greeting this was.  Then 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 bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus.  He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David.  And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and His kingdom there will be no end.  Then Mary said to the angel, “how can this be, since I do not know a man?”  And the angel answered and said to her, “the Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also,  that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son Of God.  Now indeed, Elizabeth your relative has also conceive a son in her old age;  and this is now the sixth month for her who was also called barren.  For with God nothing will be impossible.”  Then Mary said, “Behold the maidservant of the Lord!  Let it be according to your word.”  And the angel departed from her.

The visit to Mary by the angel Gabriel is called “The Annunciation.”  The word annunciation comes from a Latin word meaning “to bring news.”  The announcement delivered by Gabriel brought news of the “Incarnation of Jesus Christ.”  The word incarnation means “the act of being made flesh.”

John 1:14, “The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us.”

Mary was the vessel God used to bring forth the Word of God in the flesh.  Upon studying the scriptures, I have often wondered what I would have done if an angel of God would visit me and announced God’s calling in my life.  God’s calling for our life may not be delivered to us by an angel of God, but whatever the calling,  God requires obedience.  Mary’s response was indeed an act of obedience and great faith.  She knew her purpose, the handmaiden of the Lord.  Her purpose was to serve God.  Mary was fearful of Gabriel’s appearance and the reason for his visitation.

Luke 1:29-30:

And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying and considered in her mind what manner of salutation this should be.  And the angel said unto her,  Fear not, Mary: for you have found favor with God.

Mary had no problem with God’s plan for her life, but she did have one question.

Luke 1:34, Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?

Let us look at Mary’s question more closely.  “How shall this be?”  The word shall is defined as, plan to, intend to or expect to.  Mary had no doubt with God nothing shall be impossible.  His word shall not return to Him void.  Mary knew God as a promise keeper.  Mary simply wanted to know how God plan on fulfilling His promise through her.  The angel of God explained to Mary how this will happen.  Mary’s response thereafter, “Be it unto me according to thy word.”  Notice that Gabriel didn’t ask Mary if she was willing to partake in God’s plan.  He announced to Mary’s God’s plan, and Mary the handmaiden of the Lord desired to fulfill the will of God the Father.

Mary’s heart intent was to glorify God.  Because Mary had faith in God, she was able to be obedient to God.  We were all created to glorify God.  To glorify God is to view Him in high personal esteem.  Mary acknowledged God’s greatness and honored God by her obedience. 1 Samuel 15:22 declares obedience is better than sacrifice.  Did Mary know that God’s plan for her life would come with suffering and pain as well as joy?  I don’t believe that mattered to Mary.  She declared that she was the handmaiden of the Lord.   Let it be according to your word was her response to Gabriel.  Mary like each of us do not know what the future would bring, but Mary knew that God is in control.  Her faith in God was unwavering.  God Almighty is no respecter of persons.  Remember, Mary was bless and highly favored.  The definition for “highly favored” is a single Greek word meaning “much grace.”  Mary received grace, God’s unmerited favor.    “Unmerited favor” means something we receive in spite of the fact that we do not deserve it.  Mary like each of us was a sinner in need of God’s grace and mercy.  We are all a recipient of God’s grace.  Mary praise God for being mindful of her as His humble handmaiden.  I have often ask God why are you mindful of me, a sinner.  Mary celebrated the fact that God chose her in His plan to save humanity from its own sinfulness.

Mary praise God for his loving kindness towards her.

Below is Mary’s Song of Praise from Luke 1:47-55.

46   And Mary said, “My soul exalts the Lord,
47    and my spirit has rejoiced greatly in God my Savior,
48   because he has looked upon the humble state of his female slave,
for behold, from now on all generations will consider me blessed,
49   because the Mighty One has done great things for me,
and holy is his name.
50   And his mercy is for generation after generation
to those who fear him.
51    He has done a mighty deed with his arm;
he has dispersed the proud in the thoughts of their hearts.
52   He has brought down rulers from their thrones,
and has exalted the lowly.
53   He has filled those who are hungry with good things,
and those who are rich he has sent away empty-handed.
54   He has helped Israel his servant,
remembering his mercy,
55    just as he spoke to our fathers,
to Abraham and to his descendants forever.

What has Mary the Mother of Jesus taught each of us?  Mary can identify with each of us as a daughter, a sister, a wife and a mother.  Mary fought a good fight and she indeed finish the race.  She has taught us to continue on our journey of truth in complete faith and obedience to God.

Women of God, we have been HANDMAID by the Creator Himself to accomplish great things in His Name.  

                                                   HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!  

                      For you too have been Blessed and Highly Favored!

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