Luke 1:31 NKJV - "And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus."
Ever been asked to do something that went against every bit of logic you knew? Ever been placed in a compromising situation and wonder how in the world you could handle it? Would you ask a teenage girl to do what Mary was asked to do? Are you surprised that Mary said, "Yes"? Verse 38.
In answer to these questions I want to point out a few observations.
First, God sent Gabriel to Mary. There's no record of her asking God to do anything unusual in her life. It was God's choice to speak to her. It was God's choice to use her. It was God's way to bring Himself into our "flesh-and-blood" world. And Mary didn't argue with God. And she didn't ask the angel to wait and let her ask her parents.
Second, Mary asked a very logical question in verse 34, "How can this be, since I do not know a man?" She wasn't doubting God's ability. She was just wondering "How?!" Nothing wrong with that kind of question. And God honored her question with an answer, verse 35.
Third, we often think of Jesus' birth in a stable and being placed in a manger as being so out-of-the-ordinary. What about God's choice of a teenage peasant girl? Wouldn't it seem to be more appropriate that a King should be born into a "royal family?" But then again, Jesus was born into a royal family! Joseph was descended from king David through Solomon and Mary was descended through king David through his son, Nathan. Mary may not have been living in royalty in Nazareth, but God knew her lineage!
Are you willing for God to use you in ways so contrary to the "norm?" Would you be as willing as Mary was to say, "Yes?"
Daily commentary and insight from Pastor Eckardt.
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