But that doesn’t mean I hold her in low regard. No, she was quite a young woman.
They married young back then and engaged even earlier. She was probably a teenager. A teenager!
She’s one of four women mentioned in the genealogy of Our Lord in Matthew 1. But it’s in the book of Luke that gives me the words that impresses me most.
26 In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, 27 to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28 And he came to her and said, “Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you.”
29 But she was much perplexed by his words and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. 30 The angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31 And now, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you will name him Jesus. 32 He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his ancestor David. 33 He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.”
34 Mary said to the angel, “How can this be since I am a virgin?”
35 The angel said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore, the child to be born will be holy; he will be called Son of God. 36 And now, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son; and this is the sixth month for her who is said to be barren. 37 For nothing will be impossible with God.”
38 Then Mary said, “Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.” Then the angel departed from her.[Emphasis mine]
I wonder what Mary thought. Did she know the abuse that would be heaped on her because mankind would not accept that there is a God. How she would be accused indirectly because mankind would ridicule her Son by saying he was the offspring of some blond haired Roman soldier. Called a whore.
And being pregnant while unmarried was worse back then than being Sarah Palin’s daughter. It took an angel appearing to Joseph to keep him from ending their engagement.
And yet later in chapter 1, Mary gives a wonderful prayer of praise, and humbly tells the angel, “I’m the Lord’s servant. Let it happen as you have said.”
Then she had to travel many many miles when she was due to deliver. If you’ve ever been around a pregnant woman, you know what I’m getting at.
And then there was no room and she had to sleep in a barn!
I guess what I wonder is how much did Mary know?