This week, let’s look at a second question found in Luke 1, this one asked by Mary. Six months previous, Gabriel had met with Zechariah and assured him that his and Elizabeth’s prayer for a child would be answered. Zechariah responded, “How can I be sure of this? I’m an old man and my wife is well along in years” (Luke 1:18).
When Gabriel appeared to Mary, she wasn’t shocked or stunned. The angel greeted her and said, “You have found favor with God.” Then he proceeded to prophecy that she, a virgin, would give birth to the Son of the Most High, He would reign forever, and His kingdom would never end. Mary’s response:
“How will this be since I am a virgin?” Luke 1:34
When Zechariah questioned the angel, he was struck dumb for nine months. Mary’s question, however, evoked a kind explanation from the angel. Read Luke 1, then respond to these questions:
- Why do you think the angel responded harshly to Zechariah but not so to Mary?
- Zechariah and Elizabeth had prayed for years for a child, and the angel appeared with an answer.
- Do you think the angel’s appearance to Mary was also an answer to prayer? If so, whose prayer?
- What qualities do you think the Lord looked for in the selection of a young virgin to give birth to His Son?
Please post your insights. I love the discussion.