As part of my 25 for 25 (25 devotionals leading up to 25 December), here is Day # 20: We’ll be spending the rest of our time in the New Testament. I would like to look at a couple of the famous characters of this story so today we’ll briefly be looking at Mary. Our introduction to Mary is found in Matthew 1:16.
What do we know about Mary? She was Hebrew (not Catholic!), she was a direct descendant of King David (see Luke 1) and solid biblical scholars think she was between 14 – 16 years old. God chose her out of all time to bear His incarnation. She had to: (1) be a virgin (as we saw in Isaiah 7:14), (2) give birth to a boy (Genesis 3:14) and (3) give birth in Bethlehem (Micah 5:2).
Tom Simcox, Bible teacher and trainer, wrote an article titled, “The Woman God Chose,” in the November / December 2017 issue of Israel My Glory . In a section of that article called “Her [Mary’s] Knowledge,” Simcox says, “Mary clearly knew the Hebrew Scriptures and believed them.” He then draws our attention to Luke 1:31-33, 35 which says,
“And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus. 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. And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end. 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.”
Simcox concludes with, “Her response showed her absolute trust in the God of Israel: “‘Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word’” (v. 38).[i] I love that the author drew our attention to Mary’s existing Scriptural knowledge. In my book Biblical Knowledge, Understanding & Wisdom (see it here) I talk about our need for biblical knowledge. The only way this can happen is by reading and hearing from the Bible.
I believe one of the reasons Mary was used by God was because she was rooted in the knowledge God gives through the Scriptures. This Christmas season, lets emulate Mary and others who show us the benefits of reading the Word!
[i] Tom Simcox, “The Woman God Chose,” Israel My Glory, November/December 2017, Volume 75, Number 6, 26-27.