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Mary Could Have Said No!

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Luke 1:26-28 Luke 1:26-28 [26] And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, [27] To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary. [28] And the angel came in to her, and said, Hail, you that are highly favored, the Lord is with you: blessed are you among women.
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records that Mary was a virgin who was engaged to marry Joseph. An angel addressed Mary as "highly favored" and said "the Lord is with you." The angel went on to explain what was to happen and Mary became troubled and afraid. She had not seen angels on a regular basis. The whole event was mysterious and frightening, and she knew that if she was found to be pregnant before marriage, she could be put to death.

She could have refused and said "no" at this point. Her answer is an inspiration to us all. Mary said: "Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word" (verse 38). She did not just remain silent as though she had no control. Mary said. "Yes!"

That "yes" from Mary was unconditional toward God. It reflected the complete trust that God requires of those He chooses. It was a reflection of the trust Abraham showed when God tested him with the requested sacrifice of Isaac (Genesis 22:2 Genesis 22:2And he said, Take now your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and get you into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering on one of the mountains which I will tell you of.
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). God did not reveal all that He had in mind for Abraham, and He did not reveal the future in all its detail to Mary.

Luke 2 reveals the wonderment of Mary. At the presentation of Jesus before God, the righteous old man, Simeon, was inspired to tell Mary that Jesus had a great destiny to fulfill and that a sword would pierce her soul (verse 35). What could all of this mean? Mary and Joseph "marveled" (verse 33) at these words. Mary treasured each event and word in her heart (verse 51) but did not question what God had planned.

It is clear that Mary had no idea that Jesus would be born in Bethlehem or that she and Joseph would have to flee to Egypt. She experienced some wonderful things during the pregnancy and birth, but the true purpose of Jesus' life and the events that would change the course of the world were hidden from her.

She did not expect to be standing at the foot of the cross and watching her Son die a horrible death. It was only later that she too knew Jesus' true identity and purpose.

God did not have to ask Mary for her continued obedience—He knew she was committed and the answer would always be, "Yes."

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