Christmas Questions – Mary

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.

One comment

  1. What an interesting question about the qualities God was looking for in a mother to Jesus!
    God could have chosen anyone. He knows exactly what type of mother any woman would become. He knows all thoughts and beliefs. And out of every woman alive, he chose Mary!
    I think all mothers desire to be the best they can be. Who would be a better Biblical role model for mothers than Mary, the mother God chose for His own son!? It makes me wonder if there is enough information in the Bible on her to do a character study.

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