Matthew Lesson 1 Day 4
Luke’s record of Mary’s encounter with archangel Gabriel.
11a) Angelic announcements about God’s plan—good news for Zechariah and Mary
An angel of the Lord appeared to Zechariah and said,
Do not be afraid, Zechariah, for your prayer has been heard, and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall call his name John. . . He will be great before the the Lord. . . he will be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother’s womb. . . and he will go before him in the spirit and power of Elijah . . . to make ready for the Lord a people prepared. Luke 1:13-17
Their son, John, would play a significant role in God’s redemption plan.
In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, Gabriel was sent from God to make an announcement to the virgin Mary, one of Elizabeth’s relatives. The angel said,
Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!
Do not be afraid , Mary, for you have found favor with God.
You will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Yeshua. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The 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.
She was highly favored.
The Lord was with her.
She was blessed.
However, all these things are true of the believer in Jesus. We are highly favored as Mary was (Ephesians 1:6), the Lord is with us (Matthew 28:20), and we are blessed (Ephesians 1:3).1
Mary stayed with Elizabeth for about three months, so it seems likely (to me) that she was there until Elizabeth gave birth to John. That must have been a glorious time of rejoicing for all of them.
Elizabeth must have enjoyed having someone to talk to since her husband was still mute.
Job 33:4—The Spirit of God has made me,
and the breath of the Almighty gives me life.
Matthew 1:20, 23—Mary’s pregnancy is conceived in her by the Holy Spirit. As Isaiah prophesied many years before, “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel” (Isaiah 7:14) which means “God is with us.”
Luke 1:35—Gabriel answered Mary’s question “how can this be . . . ?”
The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy—the Son of God.
Jesus, Yeshua, was born of Mary and the Holy Spirit.
Yeshua is the Son of God, so Joseph or another human (flawed) man could not be the father. Yeshua carries the DNA of Father God.
12) Mary prophesies a song of praise.
My soul magnifies the Lord,
and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant.
For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed;
for he who is mighty has done great things for me,
and holy is his name.
And his mercy is for those who fear him
from generation to generation.
He has shown strength with his arm;
he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts;
he has brought down the mighty from their thrones
and exalted those of humble estate;
he has filled the hungry with good things,
and the rich he has sent away empty.
He has helped his servant Israel,
in remembrance of his mercy,
as he spoke to our fathers,
to Abraham and to his offspring forever. (Luke 1:47-55)
When I open up in song to you,
I let out lungsful of praise,
my rescued life a song.
All day long I’m chanting
about you and your righteous ways, (Psalm 17:24 MSG)
My mouth is filled with your praise,
and with your glory all the day. (Psalm 71:8)
13) The hand of God in my life
That’s a long, ongoing story. Maybe I’ll come back to this later.
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