Do we have the Faith of Mary?





For most of us, the story of Joseph and Mary is well known.  But let me re-tell it:

There was this young girl, a virgin (yes a virgin, she had not had sex outside of marriage and it was considered "HIP, COOL, Honorable" to NOT have sex before Marriage.  She was engaged to a young hard working man named Joseph.  People then were normally engaged for one year before marriage.  This gave them time to make sure it was good for them both, and to prepare for marriage.  And NO, they did not live together yet either.

Now, I am sure they were very excited.  Joseph of course was held in honor to marry a virgin woman who he would be the only man for her.  This was important to him and to his standing in the community.

But one day, a angel Named Gabriel, appears to Mary and says,(luke 1:26) " “Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!”[a]


Now, lets think about this a moment.  You are a young girl and out of no where  


 a Real angel appears and starts talking to you!  Telling you that you are highly 


Favored! How would you feel?




She answers:


 But when she saw him,[b] she was troubled at his saying, and considered what manner of greeting this was. 30 Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.




So, she is afraid!  But the angel tells her to NOT be afraid for he has GOOD news:

"behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name JESUS. 32 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. 33And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.” 

and she answers (verse 34):
"Then Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I do not know a man?” 

this means she is saying, that she is a virgin and has not had sex, how can she give birth without having sex with a man.  To her this is NOT possible.  


"35 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. 36 Now indeed, Elizabeth your relative has also conceived a son in her old age; and this is now the sixth month for her who was called barren. 37 For with God nothing will be impossible.” 

Now here is the answer of a faithful follower of God.  She does not understand the Holy Spirit for as yet the people had not been taught about it.  Nor could she understand how she would become pregnant by miraculous means!  BUT, she answers in full faith:

 “Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word.” 


Here a lady of faith, is basically saying, "let your will be done, I accept this as the word from God.  She is showing her humility before the God and ready for service!  She knew how Joseph and the others would react.  But in Faith she accepted this appointment by God.  Putting all the consequences into God's hand forthwith. She BELIEVED!  Everything about God is either you believe or you do not.  There is no sitting in between.  We accept believing in Him without understand every thing.  We just believe in faith.  And that is what she did.

What is of note too, is that prophecy spoke of this long before it happened, written in ancient manuscripts long ago:

Isaiah 7:14

New King James Version (NKJV)
14 Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.[a]

Isaiah 9:6

New King James Version (NKJV)
6 For unto us a Child is born,
      Unto us a Son is given;
      And the government will be upon His shoulder.
      And His name will be called
      Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
      Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
      

Micah 5:2

New King James Version (NKJV)
The Coming Messiah
    2 “ But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah,
      Though you are little among the thousands of Judah,
      Yet out of you shall come forth to Me
      The One to be Ruler in Israel,
      Whose goings forth are from of old,
      From everlasting.”
      
After she goes home and meets up with Joseph to tell him, guess how he reacts?  She is PG!  He thinks, "Oh yeah, some angel said the Holy spirit did it?"  I bet that went over like a dead balloon!  You guessed it, he decided she was not the wife for him any more.  That means that night, (and possibly 3 months she waited) Mary faced the circumstances that she would be having this baby out of wedlock.  A disgrace to her family and would outcast her from others.   I wonder how she prayed and acted.  If the above is true of her faithfulness she would have been afraid, but she did not let that prevent her faithful response. She prayed and BELIEVED that somehow God would work this all out.  What did she have to DO?  We always want God to tell us something to DO, but all God wanted her to do was TRUST and Believe and WAIT. No doing , just wait and believe.

Then Joseph decides not to publicly renounce her but thinks he will secretly dissolve the engagement for he really cares about her, just does not BELIEVE her a whole lot!
 19 Then Joseph her husband (to be), being a just man, and not wanting to make her a public example, was minded to put her away secretly. (matthew)

But then God acts:
 while he (Joseph) thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. 21 And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name JESUS, for He will save His people from their sins.” 
22 So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying: 23 “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,”[d] which is translated, “God with us.”
24 Then Joseph, being aroused from sleep, did as the angel of the Lord commanded him and took to him his wife, 25 and did not know her(have sex) till she had brought forth her firstborn Son.[e] And he called His name JESUS.

Ahh, time to eat crow as my dad used to say.  NOW Joseph gets to hear from a angel and KNOW she told the truth!  some mighty lessons in this for all of us.

and this is just the beginning.  My next post is going to be on the magi or magi, just who were these wise men from far away, and how could they know to travel so far to see a baby???



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