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Monday, January 30, 2012

This is no fairy tale

Mary did have a little lamb, but not the fairy tale we all know.  I am referring to the Messiah.  The Jews were waiting for the Messiah to come.  Our Bible says the Messiah was to come through the race of Shem, Gen 9:26 the nation of Abraham, Gen 12:1-4 the tribe if Judah, Gen 49:10 the family of Jesse, Isa 11:1 the house of David, Ps 132:11 and an individual virgin. Isa 7:14  

This virgin birth is an essential Christian doctrine.  There are those who deny it, but they are ignorant of God's wisdom.  The very first Messianic prophecy, Gen 3:15, says the Messiah would be born the Seed of a woman, not  a man.  Satan misunderstood this prophecy as well. 

Today some even try to change Isa 7:14.  Some try to say the word is "young maiden" as opposed to virgin.  I can't understand why, because a young maiden getting pregnant is not a "sign."  The word "sign" is often used of a miracle.  What miracle is there in a "young maiden" becoming pregnant?  NONE!!  Now, a virgin becoming pregnant, that is a "sign" or a miracle.  Let's quickly look at this woman called Mary.

She had an incredible faith.  When Zacharias, the father of John the Immerser, was told of him having a son he was skeptical and asked for a sign.  Now Mary, on the other hand, was not skeptical.  Rather, she was curious.  All she asked was, "How can this be since I am a virgin?"    She didn't doubt as to whether it would happen and ask for a sign.  She simply was inquiring about the method of how it was going to happen.  

She was incredibly submissive.   She offered no complaint of physically bearing this child.  She voiced no concern of her reputation.  She didn't communicate that she was concerned about possibly being stoned.  She didn't allow the fear of the people not believing her, mocking her, or ridiculing her to dictate her decision.  What would her parents say about her pregnancy?  What about her fiance, he may be a little upset don't you think?  All she asked for was an explanation of the process of how it would occur.  She offered no excuses of why she couldn't do this.

She was much more submissive than Moses.  Ex 3:11-4:17  Moses says he didn't have the ability, know what to say, have the authority, or have eloquence.  Then in verse 13 he finally asks God to send someone else!  What a difference huh?  

Finally, Mary was incredibly accepting of God's Will.  After her question to the angel was answered all she says is, "...may it be done to me according to your Word."  WOW!!  That is incredibly impressive.  She already understood the latter part of Mt 20:26 that says to be great we first must be servants!!  

This story is no fairy tale.  It is a story of great value and application.  Today, may we all work to have that incredible faith.  May we all be submissive to God.  May we all be accepting of God's Will.  It is doing the Will of our Father and His grace that gets us into Heaven, allows us to call Jesus our brother, and gets us eternal life through the resurrection. Mt 7:21; 12:50; Jn 6:40  May we all have the same attitude of Mary!  May we all say, "mat it be done to me according to your word."


Hear The Word-  Rom 10:17; Acts 4:4

We Must Believe or Have Faith-  Heb 11:6; Acts 16:31

We Must Repent-  Lk 13:3; Acts 17:30

We Must Confess Christ Before Others-  Mt 10:32; Acts 8:37

We Must Be Immersed Into Christ (Baptized)-  1Pe 3:21; Mk 16:16; Acts 2:38  

We Must Remain Faithful-  Rev 2:10; Acts 14:22    

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