Let’s take a look at the story that would make Mary the most important woman in the Bible. The story of Jesus.
Luke1: 26 And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, 27To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. 28And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. 29And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be. 30And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. 31And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. 32He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: 33And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end. 34Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man? 35And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God. 36And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren. 37For with God nothing shall be impossible. 38And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her.
(Right now we will focus on this part, but soon we’ll get to the latter half of the story.)
Theres so much revelation in this story I don’t know where to start. Let’s take a look at what the angel said to Mary first. He says in verse 28And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. I want you to read that and reread that carefully. Now theologians believe that the virgin mother was only between the ages on 13-16 and yet here we see that the angel Gabrielle telling her that she was HIGHLY favored and that among ALL OF THE WOMEN, she was blessed. Its hard to ignore the relationship between these words he spoke to her and the fact that she was a virgin. We can assume that she was blessed and favored among all the women at her young age because she had consecrated her body to the Lord. Why was it so imperative that our Lord and Savior be born of a virgin? Because His DNA was a vaccine for us born with a virus (that virus being the curse of adam) so he needed someone who had already done the consecrating and was pure and untouched so that she could come in relation with HIM. As women in today’s culture, it is important we have a Mary mindset: consecrating ourselves before the Lord and believing in Him with unwavering faith.
The second thing that stands out in this passage is the way that the angel of the Lord, when he noticed Mary’s unease, he rebuked the spirit of fear that was trying to sabotage her mind. 30And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. He tells her not to be afraid because she is blessed! Fear not, he says! Fear has no place here among your calling. See Mary, in her young age and innocence was confused as to what in the world she would or could do for God. Me, God? Are you sure? What could I possibly do for the Lord that someone else more qualified couldn’t do? Sound familiar? We do this all the time, question our calling. God I don’t know if I can do this. Here’s the gag: God knows what He called you for. Don’t tell Him what you can and cant do based on your circumstances! In Jeremiah we see the same sort of thing: Jeremiah questioning how in the world he can do all the things that the Lord is telling him he’ll do. Jeremiah1:6Then said I, Ah, Lord GOD! behold, I cannot speak: for I am a child. 7But the LORD said unto me, Say not, I am a child: for thou shalt go to all that I shall send thee, and whatsoever I command thee thou shalt speak. 8Be not afraid of their faces: for I am with thee to deliver thee, saith the LORD. 9Then the LORD put forth his hand, and touched my mouth. And the LORD said unto me, Behold, I have put my words in thy mouth. 10See, I have this day set thee over the nations and over the kingdoms, to root out, and to pull down, and to destroy, and to throw down, to build, and to plant.
See the definition of Grace is an empowerment to preserve you from sin. So God will give you the FAVOR to carry out his works before men and the GRACE to continue walking in your elevation. When He tells you that there is a calling upon your life and he begins to prepare you to go out in that calling, He has attached His name to that calling, so He now has a vested interest in you! When you marry, or come into covenant, with someone, you attach their name to yours. The things they do now represent the both of you, and vice versa, so now your partner has a vested interest in you! Would he let you go out the house looking any kind of way while he’s dressed to the nines? Would he let you start a business, WITH HIS LAST NAME ATTACHED TO IT, that was a fraud or clearly doomed to fail? No! That’s his name you’d be defaming! He wants to make sure that anything with his name attached to it will not fail, is good, and is untouchable.
So what happens when you begin to elevate God above everything else? When you begin to walk in your calling, trusting God that you will not fail? What happens when we say what Mary said in verse 38″I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her. What happens is as we exalt God, he exalts us. As we lift Him higher, He lifts us. In Genesis, we know that God had a covenant with Abraham. Why? He was upright! He upheld the Lords word, regardless of the fact that all of the people of his land were NOT.
Genesis 18:19 “For I have chosen him, so that he may command his children and his household after him to keep the way of the LORD by doing righteousness and justice, so that the LORD may bring upon Abraham what He has spoken about him.” Theres a process to your calling. You exhalt God, consecrate yourself, then He chooses you. At the point He begins preparing you to walk in your calling. He establishes with you, that if you do His will, He will make you great. Whats done in secret will be rewarded openly. When he gives you your calling, he’ll tell you plainly the things you’ll begin to walk into. 2And I will makeyou a great nation, And I will bless you, And make your name great; And so you shall be a blessing; In both stories we see the clear timeline of God and his promises; God is a God of order. Its important to understand that the reason God will openly bless you when you are doing His work before the nations is because there are people watching you. There are always people watching you! That’s why all throughout the bible it mentions the way we are to conduct ourselves as believers because people outside the body of Christ need to understand that we serve a God who will take care of us. We serve a God who is a provider of all needs. They need to see that. They need to see you. (Think back to the previous message about going fishing.)
Lets look at the next part of the story: 32He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David. Take a look at that word “throne”. Now we know that God did not have a literal throne sitting up in heaven in a gift box waiting for Jesus to be born so he could have an angel carry it down to Jesus so he could unwrap it and sit on it. So what does the word mean in this context? Throne here means a measure of rule in an assignment/where God has authorized you to operate. So lets reread that with our new definition. 32He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the measure of rule in an assignment/where God has authorized you to operate of his father David: How does that relate to us? Who sits on thrones? Kins and Queens, correct? Here God was telling us that God’s people are kings and queens in the earth. Our thrones are our place of rule. So when he says 1 Timothy 6:15which God will bring about in His own time–He who is blessed and the only Sovereign One, the King of kings and Lord of lords. The kings and lords he was referencing here is US! He’s made us kings and queens in this world and it is our duty to make sure that the things that go on in our kingdom are of God; evict those things that don’t belong!
Continuing on, let’s go back and take a look at the previous half of the chapter. 11Then an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing at the right side of the altar of incense. 12When Zechariah saw him, he was startled and was gripped with fear. 13But the angel said to him: “Do not be afraid, Zechariah; your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you are to call him John. 14He will be a joy and delight to you, and many will rejoice because of his birth, 15for he will be great in the sight of the Lord. He is never to take wine or other fermented drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit even before he is born. 16He will bring back many of the people of Israel to the Lord their God. 17And he will go on before the Lord, in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the parents to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous—to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.” 18Zechariah asked the angel, “How can I be sure of this? I am an old man and my wife is well along in years. 19The angel said to him, “I am Gabriel. I stand in the presence of God, and I have been sent to speak to you and to tell you this good news. 20And now you will be silent and not able to speak until the day this happens, because you did not believe my words, which will come true at their appointed time.” 21Meanwhile, the people were waiting for Zechariah and wondering why he stayed so long in the temple. 22When he came out, he could not speak to them. They realized he had seen a vision in the temple, for he kept making signs to them but remained unable to speak. 23When his time of service was completed, he returned home. 24After this his wife Elizabeth became pregnant and for five months remained in seclusion. 25“The Lord has done this for me,” she said. “In these days he has shown his favor and taken away my disgrace among the people.”
Like Zechariah, many people in our lives come to speak against our calling, in doubt and unbelief. This is why God had to mute his mouth, so as to avoid him speaking against the word of the Lord, causing it to abort. A lot of us are strongly against abortions when it comes to babies but what about abortions of the Word? Zechariah had to learn the hard way that your job is to only decree and declare the word of the Lord, anything contrary will be shut down! See the connection between your mouth and the manifestation of your calling is words; your words and others’ words, so that’s why God sometimes has to separate us an incubate us, so that our callings won’t be aborted. So that he can grow us and mature us without the influence of the enemy. The definition of incubate here is an environment that God disallows the devil to defect/infect what God is doing by separation and connection. As you are in this incubator, God will grow you and mature you and saturate you, similar to Moses when he went on the mountain, when he would come down the Glory of the Lord would be on him so deeply that he would have to cover his face. Or we see in Acts 4 that when the pharisees saw peter and john and heard them speaking and KNEW that they were uneducated (they actually called them uneducated) the pharisees KNEW that they had been with Jesus, because the things they were walking in were waaaayyy too advanced for them. 39At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea, 40where she entered Zechariah’s home and greeted Elizabeth. 41When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. 42In a loud voice she exclaimed: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear! 43But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? 44As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. 45Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!” He’ll separate you from the ones who comes to abort and connect you with the ones who come to exalt. Proverbs 27: 17As iron sharpens iron,so one person sharpens another.
The last part of the Mary mindset is the thing she did once she heard the word of the Lord: she praised him for it. There is a difference between having faith that God can do something and having faith that He will begin a work AND bring it to completion. She had faith that the work would be completed in her.
46And Mary said:
“My soul glorifies the Lord
47and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
48for he has been mindful
of the humble state of his servant.
From now on all generations will call me blessed,
49for the Mighty One has done great things for me—
holy is his name.
50His mercy extends to those who fear him,
from generation to generation.
51He has performed mighty deeds with his arm;
he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts.
52He has brought down rulers from their thrones
but has lifted up the humble.
53He has filled the hungry with good things
but has sent the rich away empty.
54He has helped his servant Israel,
remembering to be merciful
55to Abraham and his descendants forever,
just as he promised our ancestors.”
or at least that’s what Jay would say…