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(No I don’t have a spelling
Most of What I Know About Mary I
 Learned From The Gospels and
4 Important Pre-understandings
• 1. Angels in the NT
• 2. Honor/Shame in Jewish culture
• 3. Parental control and care in Jewish
• 4. Caesar and God in Ancient Rome
   The Nature of Angelic Visits
• Many times an angel visits a person in the
  New Testament it is a very frightening
• Gabriel is one of two angels mentioned in
  the Bible.
• Mary is frightened (she is likely about 14-
  15) because the angel did not look like this
Nor Like This
Honor/Shame in Jewish Custom
• This culture was deeply honor/shame
• This meant that any shame belonged not
  just to yourself but to your family and to
  your village
• This also meant that the shame would be
  passed around like a bad white elephant
       Parental Control/Care
• To honor/obey one’s parents was the first
  commandment with promise
• It would have been a very serious sin to
  fail to obey one’s living parents
• It would have been just as serious to fail to
  take care of them in old age. This was the
  reason many people had children
Caesar and God in Ancient Rome
• Rome had become an Empire (a
  Principate) and was no longer a Republic
  because of dictator Julius Caesar
• After his death, this Caesar was officially
  declared to be a god
• Caesar Augustus, the adopted son of
  Julius was thus the “son of god” who
  brought “peace” and was the “savior” who
  brought “good news”
               Luke 1:26-38
• 26 Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was
  sent from God to a city in Galilee, called
  Nazareth, 27 to a virgin engaged to a man
  whose name was Joseph, of the descendants of
  David; and the virgin's name was Mary. 28 And
  coming in, he said to her, "Hail, favored one!
  The Lord is with you." 29 But she was greatly
  troubled at this statement, and kept pondering
  what kind of salutation this might be. 30 And the
  angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary; for
  you have found favor with God.
• 31 "And behold, you will conceive in your womb, and
  bear a son, and you shall name Him Jesus. 32 "He will
  be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High;
  and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father
  David; 33 and He will reign over the house of Jacob
  forever; and His kingdom will have no end." 34 And
  Mary said to the angel, "How can this be, since I am a
  virgin?" 35 And the angel answered and said to her,
  "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of
  the Most High will overshadow you; and for that reason
  the holy offspring shall be called the Son of God. 36
  "And behold, even your relative Elizabeth has also
  conceived a son in her old age; and she who was called
  barren is now in her sixth month. 37 "For nothing will be
  impossible with God." 38 And Mary said, "Behold, the
  bondslave of the Lord; be it done to me according to
  your word." And the angel departed from her.
 The Most Important Words of
         Mary’s Life

• "Behold, the bondslave of the Lord;
  be it done to me according to your
• Remember the culture of
• Remember what a young girl she was
• Remember at this point she knows
  nothing of the angel’s visit to Joseph
• The naming of her other children
  indicate she is reenacting the trip
  from Egypt
• This was the true Son of God
• This was the bringer of true good
• There were times when she had to
  listen to him and pay attention to him
• This happens in the wedding in John
• Weddings are the sign of the comedic
• This is a big first miracle
• At the cross Mary sees the sword
  pierce her son and remembers the
  words of Simeon recorded in Luke 34
 And Simeon blessed them, and said to
 Mary His mother, "Behold, this Child is
 appointed for the fall and rise of many in
 Israel, and for a sign to be opposed-- 35
 and a sword will pierce even your own
 soul-- to the end that thoughts from many
 hearts may be revealed."
• Jesus turns over the care of his mother to
  John the apostle.
• John 19:26-28 standing nearby, He said
  to His mother, "Woman, behold, your son!"
  27 Then He said to the disciple, "Behold,
  your mother!" And from that hour the
  disciple took her into his own household.
  28 After this, Jesus, knowing that all things
  had already been accomplished, in order
  that the Scripture might be fulfilled, said, "I
  am thirsty."
• Mary comes to realize that the word
  which the angel gave her is a hard
• The word which God gives to us is
  not always easy but it is always good,
  it is always very, very good
• I hope that you will have a Mary
  Christmas. A Christmas like Mary
  where you say be it done to me
  according to your word

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