Daily Archives: December 3, 2010

Luke 1:26-38 Consequences Faith and Obedience

This morning we talked about Mary’s obedience now I want to expand on that by examining something of the consequences, the faith and the obedience involved.

Mary’s response is one of consequence, faith, and obedience.


The consequences were numerous in her culture. She was a virgin but what person would honestly believe that claim in a few months time. She would be considered at best to have slept prematurely with Joseph (who himself would be blacklisted as a sinner) and at worst she would be considered unfaithful altogether – endangering her marriage.

Either way the Law allowed for her to be put to death. Fornication is a crime worthy of capital punishment and every soul in town would have considered her worthy of the penalty.

Both of these consequences came to pass. As for the latter situation, this is what happened with Joseph. Joseph thought she had been unfaithful to him and he prepared to separate from her in a divorce. Even though they had not been officially married they were engaged and the engagement in first century Judaism was just as legally binding as marriage so it demanded a divorce certificate.

It was only mercy on Joseph’s part that moved him towards a simple quiet divorce instead of public ridicule, shame and death. He had every right to have her put to death for her apparent crime. Yet he opted for grace and mercy.

As for the former consequence, in which it would be assumed that Mary and Joseph had joined prior to marriage – that also seems to have happened. for in John 8:41 the crowd seems to accuse Jesus of being conceived outside of marriage…

John 8:41 "You are doing the deeds of your father." They said to Him, "We were not born of

Luke 1:26-38 Gabriel’s Message to Mary 3: Gabriel’s Explanation of the Incarnation

See the skit: The Called

It’s a good day for a new beginning. Time to get back to the basics, to set aside the sins of the past and walk forward in obedience to Christ. How many of you have noticed that obedience isn’t always easy?

How many of you have noticed that obeying the Lord comes at a cost?

I recently communicated with a man who was pondering what to do since some of the things his boss asked him to do were “a little off key.” As Christians we need to be prepared to be obedient to the Lord first and human authority second. But obeying God rather than man is going to have consequences. And not all of those consequences will be pleasant. But as you consider the difficulty caused by obedience, consider also the consequences of disobedience to the Lord. I would much rather fall into the hands of man or demon than the hands of God. They may strip away comfort,

Luke 1:26-38 Gabriel’s Message to Mary 2: Gabriel’s Message

This week as you remember Christmas you might consider having a listen to Handel’s Messiah. I listen to it every year. For me one of the most memorable parts in Handel’s Messiah takes place in the early oratorio “For unto us a child is born” The words go on to quote from Isaiah (inserting a long pause between wonderful counselor which isn’t exactly there)
“And his name shall be called: Wonderful – Counselor, Almighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace!” The names of the Messiah all point not only to who is is, but what he shall do!

A Greeting of Grace

Last time we talked about Gabriel being sent (1:26) and now he arrives. The flow is important. First we learn of Gabriel’s assignment. Now we learn of Gabriel’s Message. It starts with a Greeting of Grace.

His two word introduction begins with a greeting which is literally "Rejoice!" Most English Bibles