“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.”
Can you even begin to think what must have gone through Mary’s mind, in receiving such news? “Me? I’M the one???” The Jews looked for a Messiah, and some understood the prophesies well. While Mary was not sinless or perfect, she was “favored”…we cannot believe that God would randomly choose a girl who merely fit the right family lines to carry the Messiah next to her heart.
I have read that in Mary’s “Magnificat”, she quotes/alludes to 23 separate Old Testament passages of scripture…and this was from memory. What does this suggest about her heritage? And while the above proclamation may have been astonishing news, I suspect that it was a proclamation she was looking for…for someone. Jews well versed in the Messianic prophesies would have had their eye on the line of David throughout the generations, looking for the fulfillment.
So, while there was no creature such as a perfect, sinless young virgin in David’s family tree…God did choose a girl who was godly, and had regard for His Word, and faith in it. An ordinary woman, given this piece of news, would not have handled it with such grace and humility. Even after the birth of the Savior, and seeing more scriptures fulfilled in her own life directly, she still did not broadcast anything (today’s woman would have had it all over Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and more)…but “pondered it in her heart.”
I want that kind of demeanor. The kind of heart that is so well-versed in the Word, so familiar with all the precious promises, that it is not shaken, but simply rests. You too?