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Mary, the Lord’s Mother!

Scripture reading for October 21st: Luke 1-2

Godly mothers are a gift from the Lord to their children and to the world.  I have a godly mother and am so thankful and blessed!  My mother has a close walk with the Lord.  She was saved when she was young and sought to live out that faith every day.  She was faithful to read her Bible and teach her children.  She was the Sunday School superintendent in our church as I grew up.  Now 91 years young, she still joyfully serves her family.  She faithfully calls each of her many children, grandchildren and great grandchildren on their birthdays and sings to them!  What a blessing now and to future generations!

Luke tells the story of two godly women who are key players in God’s work of salvation.  Elizabeth was older and beyond the time of having children when God spoke into her life.  An angel came to Zechariah, her husband, and he was told that his wife would have a son and his name was to be “John”.  This son would go before the Lord in the spirit and power of Elijah and turn the hearts of the fathers to their children and prepare the people for the Lord.  (Luke 1:13-17)   Elizabeth became pregnant but her husband was unable to speak because he had doubted the angel’s prediction.

The second mother-to-be was Mary.  She was a virgin, engaged to be married.   Gabriel, an angel sent to her by God, announced her favor with God and told her that she would bear a child who would be called the “Son of the Most High.”  Mary humbly asked how this could be since she was a virgin.  The angel told her that the Holy Spirit would come upon her and the child who would be the “Son of God”.  “I am the Lord’s servant,”  Mary answered.  “May it be to me as you have said.” (Luke 1:38)

These women had the privilege of working with God to bring about His plan of salvation.  Their faith and obedience was a blessing to their children and families.  Their faith has impacted each of us and countless millions around the world!  Let’s say with Mary, the mother of Jesus, “I am the Lord’s servant.”   God wants to do great things through each person who will yield to His Word!

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Mary, the Lord’s servant!

Scripture reading for March 14th: Luke 1:26-56, Psalms 57:1-11, Proverbs 11:9-11

Angels were busy when God was preparing to bring His Son into the world!  Zechariah, had a visit from Gabriel and was told about the birth of his son, John.   Zechariah questioned the angel about how this might be since he and his wife were old.  Zechariah was unable to speak for the whole pregnancy because of his unbelief.  Now Gabriel was sent again six months later to a young virgin named Mary.   “The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored!  The Lord is with you.” (Luke 1:28)  This greeting troubled Mary and she was afraid.

“But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God.  You will be with child and give birth to a Son, and you are to give Him the name Jesus.  He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High.  The Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David, and He will reign over He house of Jacob forever; His kingdom will never end.” (Luke 1:30-33)  For a young girl who was engaged to be married, this announcement must have brought all kinds of questions.  These promises concerning the child were amazing! “Jesus”--the Lord Saves–was to be His name.  He would be great, taking the throne of David!  His kingdom would never end!  “How will this be?” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?”

The angel Gabriel explained how she would be overshadowed with the power of the Most High and pregnant with the Son of God.  Nothing would be impossible with God!  Mary did not waver or hesitate at the angel’s explanation.  “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered.  “May it be to me as you have said.” (Luke 1:38)  Mary’s faith response is a beautiful example of how we should all respond to God’s will and direction.

Mary was blessed to carry in her body the Son of God and to nurse Him and raise him.  There are no menial tasks in God’s economy!  Whatever He has asked you to do is important to Him.  Many wait for an angel to deliver instructions, but this is not God’s normal way of directing His people.  His people hear His voice through His word and obey it.  Are you responding to God’s directions through His word?

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Mary, the Mother of Jesus!

Scripture reading for October 21st: Luke 1-2

Godly mothers are a gift from the Lord to their children and to the world.  I have a godly mother and am so thankful and blessed!  My mother has a close walk with the Lord.  She was saved when she was young and sought to live out that faith every day.  She was faithful to read her Bible and teach her children.  She was the Sunday School superintendent in our church as I grew up.  Now  86 years young, she still joyfully serves her family and others by cooking and encouraging.  She faithfully calls each of her many children, grandchildren and great grandchildren on their birthdays and sings to them!  What a blessing now and to future generations!

In our reading today, Luke tells the story of two godly women who are key players in God’s work of salvation.  Elizabeth is older and beyond the time of having children when God breaks into her life with a word from an Angel.  This angel came to Zechariah, her husband, as he was offering incense before the Lord.  He was told that his wife would have a son and his name was to be “John”.  (A great name!)  This son would go before the Lord in the spirit and power of Elijah. He would turn the hearts of the fathers to their children and prepare the people for the Lord.  (Luke 1:13-17)  As the angel predicted, Elizabeth became pregnant and remained in seclusion for five months.  Her husband was unable to speak because he had doubted the angel’s prediction.

The second mother-to-be was Mary.  She was a virgin, engaged to be married.   Gabriel, an angel sent to her by God, announced her favor with God and told her that she would bear a child who would be called the “Son of the Most High.”  Mary humbly asked how this could be since she was a virgin.  The angel told her that the Holy Spirit would come upon her and she would conceive the child who would be the “Son of God”.  Mary’s response was a picture of faith for all of us. “I am the Lord’s servant,”  Mary answered.  “May it be to me as you have said.” (Luke 1:38)

This new mother had the joy of carrying Jesus Christ from conception to birth and then raising Him in her home.  I can imagine her joy and excitement, mixed with holy fear at all that had transpired.  These women had the privilege of working with God to bring about His plan of salvation.  Their faith and obedience was a blessing to their children and families, I am sure.  But now that faith has impacted each of us and countless millions around the world!  If we could get a grasp of the significance of our faith, it would motivate us to serve with joy in the small things the Lord asks of us.  Let’s say with Mary, the mother of Jesus, “I am the Lord’s servant.”

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