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.
(click)   Luke 1:30-33 NKJ Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary....

Mary is a virgin before the Lord. His unexpected message perplexed her.
(click) Luke 1:35-37 NKJ And 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.
(click)  Luke 1:46-49 NKJ   And Mary said: “ My soul magnifies the Lord....

-- Bill Hunt

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Reflections to prepare Christmas:
1 Are you leading a life, where God could visit you?
2 If God requested something exceptional, how would you answer him?
3 So, what has God actually asked you to do with your life?  

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Anonymous said...

How like Mary we are! The 'natural' houses the Divinely Supernatural - the 'finite' is indwelled by the Infinite. Beautiful.
To answer the questions you asked,
1. Yes. I believe so. My husband and I pray every morning inviting the Holy Spirit to accompany us throughout our day - that we would be pleasing to God in every way.
2. I'd like to think we would say, "Yes Lord, send us." Truthfully, we're quietly waiting for that now.
3. After having been so much in our 'Christian walk' - we're waiting right now. We're seeking God to show us where, what and how He'd like us to utilize this chapter of our lives. Can't wait to hear where He leads.

Great post my friend. I enjoyed this.

BILL said...

Thank you for your fine reply. I share that wonderful love of Jesus with you. Your Blog is truly God's tremendous work.

I invite all readers to visit Deb's amazing Blog at TRUTH'S VESSEL.