Let us ponder Luke 1:30 today which says, And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. The angel who is speaking is Gabriel. He is only one of two angels named in the Bible.They are called Arc Angels, because they are in charge of all angels. I see there is an admonition spoken to her. (fear not) The phrase means stop being afraid. I am told the phrase is mentioned 365 times in the Bible, one time for everyday in the year. The reason for her not to be afraid, is because she has found favour with God. The phrase found favour means the free, absolute loveingkindness of God. Let us be assured we need not be afraid because we to are a highly graced people.
Let us look today at Luke 1: 29 which says, “And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be. I must say this seems to be a very natural response. The word troubled means to be disturbed and confused. She is a young teenage girl with an angel before her. He has not said anything yet. What he says will only be more troubling. The phrase …cast in the mind… means to turn it over and over in the mind. When things come that trouble and disturb let us ponder them much in our mind before we react. Quick actions without thought only cause greater problems.
We look today at Luke 1:28 which says, “And the angel came into her and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. Although Mary is a sinner as we all are, and has no more pull with Jesus than the greatest saint, we see here a picture of the child of God with Jesus living within. Notice the pronouncement to her. (highly favoured) The phrase means accepted or muched graced. I see to the presents about her. ( the Lord is with thee) My what a thought. The word with carries the idea of before, beside, behind, over, underneath, I’m in Him, and He is in me. There is also the position for her. (blessed art thou among women) The word blessed means to be greatly admired. To be saved today is have Jesus in whom all the Godhead bodily dwells, dwelling in us.
Let us look today at Luke 1:27 which says, To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. This the couple whom the angel spoke. We find from our text His mommy was an engaged virgin. In the phrase “of the house of David”, we find great truths. This phrase tells us His daddy was from an elite vine. These thoughts alone are enough for us to see this one born to them will be the very God of creation.
It is my intention for the next 30 days to meditate on the birth of Christ story from Luke’s Gospel. Today let us look at Luke 1:26 which says, “And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth.” There is in this verse a precise monthmentioned. I believe it is done, so that we can see that John the Baptist His 1st cousin sin was born before Him. John latter said He is the one who was before me and after me. There is a personal message. The message is from God and sent by Gabriel. He is one of only two angels named in the Bible. Many believe he will sound the trumpet for the Lord’s next coming.We find also a precious marker. We are told his mom and dad are from Nazareth. One from here would be called a Nazarene, for He would be perfectly holy in body soul and mind. My what an exciting story to meditate on this month.
In almost everyone of Paul’s epistles he finds some way to give God thanks for them. One I found a blessing was todays meditation.ll Thessalonians 1:3 We are bound to thank God always for you… One thing Paul thanks God for is their growing faith. I certainly thank the Lord for the hunger for The Word of God, I see in the churches and on the web site. The second thing was for their giving. This is an area I constantly stand amazed and that is the generous giving of God’s people. It makes me want to shout “THANKS UNTO OUR GOD”.
I muse on a verse in Paul’s epistle to Thessalonians in 5:18 which says, In everything give thanks for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. The phrase in every thing sure is an all inclusive phrase. I have been sick all week with a virus and 16 people have come in to stay the week with us. I’am sure glad I can give thanks for even a silly thing like a virus. God’s will for me is always best and I thank Him for it.