Isa 19:23 In that day there will be a highway from Egypt to Assyria, and the Assyrian will come into Egypt and the Egyptian into Assyria, and the Egyptians will serve with the Assyrians. In that day Israel will be one of three with Egypt and Assyria-a blessing in the midst of the land, whom the LORD of hosts shall bless, saying, "Blessed is Egypt My people, and Assyria the work of My hands, and Israel My inheritance" (NKJV).
Monday, November 29, 2010
Angel Gabriel Greets Maiden Mary
Mary, a humble maid in Nazareth, is greeted by the Angel Gabriel to become the mother of Israel's long awaited Messiah.
When God Speaks by Bill Hunt (c) 2010.
The day the Angel Gabriel came, he overwhelmed Mary. His angelic presence filled her attention with divine delight. (click) Luke 1:28 NKJ And having come in, the angel said to her, “Rejoice, highly favored one....
She found herself face to face with an incredible spirit. He radiated divine favor, and his kindness seemed very calming. She found his voice mighty, beautiful, gentle, and clear. His words resonated through her whole womanly being.
Mary is a virgin before the Lord. His unexpected message perplexed her.
(click) Luke 1:35-37 NKJAnd the angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit....
She could feel this powerful, pure anointing over her. She found his news of Elizabeth reassuring. This helped her to accept the angel's words. She answered him with consent that rings through the Ages.
(click) Luke 1:38 NKJ Then Mary said, “Behold the maidservant of the Lord!...
The mother, of the promised Messiah! Mary's body, mind, heart, and spirit exploded with unspeakable joy. She thought immediately to travel to see her favored cousin Elizabeth with whom she could share her tremendous experience.
The Christmas story challenges us to find meaning as a matter of faith. By divine attribution, God chooses natural persons to undertake supernatural deeds. Those who reinterpret such accomplishments into fabricated legends diminish and miss the magnificence of the divine purpose.
Mary was a real person, a native Hebrew girl from a small town, Nazareth. Being a devout girl, she likely turned in prayer as she helped her parents through daily tasks around the home.
As a young woman, her parents engaged her to wed Joseph, the village carpenter, a godly, good, and gentle man. The young couple likely exchanged smiles and conversations when he came near. The point is, Joseph and Mary were real people God chose for an unusual mission.
Mary thought of Joseph. What would he think? She knew her trust in God must be her source of strength.