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What did Mary Know? – Part Two

What did Mary Know? – Part Two

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We know God’s ways are higher, His intellect greater, and his plan better. The Bible says we cannot understand everything now; our minds are not ready to or capable of embracing the full of the plans and thoughts of God.

For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. 1 Corinthians13:12 (KJV)

It stands to reason, Mary did not know everything there was to know, the ministry, the mockery and the cross. How could she bear that knowledge and still be His mother? He was her Savior and her baby boy. If she had fully comprehended Jesus and the Master’s plan, she would know Jesus was God in the flesh, and, perhaps, she would have been in too much awe to care for Him. Just as the Lord does with us here on earth, she knew as knowledge was necessary.

To back this line of thinking up, look to Luke 2:8-19 (NIV):

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.” When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.” So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them.

But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.

The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.

So we have Mary who was visited by an angel and told she would be pregnant through the Holy Spirit — the one and only virgin birth and supernatural conception. So she knows all that, and was told by the angel her child would be called “Son of the Most High.”

So far all Mary knows is that the power of God will overshadow her and she will become pregnant. The angel also imparts to her:

The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.” Luke 1:32-33 (NIV)

Why doesn’t she ask for more detail? That cannot have made sense to her; who has never seen this before? No one. So she’s a pregnant virgin teenager in the days when these things did not go unnoticed or unjudged. She didn’t even ask about Joseph – would he know she was still a virgin and believe her? The Bible doesn’t say what she thought about what this meant but she had to have a lot of questions. But all we know is that she had a humble faith and volunteered saying:

“I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.”Luke 1:38 (NIV)

Mary then went to her cousin Elizabeth who was also pregnant and she sings what is called Mary’s song or the Magnificat. This is a prophecy not unlike the ones by Isaiah in the 53rd chapter. He is prophesying about Jesus, but he doesn’t know it. In hind sight we know, but Isaiah was simply recording what God told him.

Speaking the prophetic passage aloud does not mean Mary knew what it all meant. Likewise, Zechariah at the birth of John the Baptist prophesied also about Jesus. But prophesying doesn’t require knowledge, just willingness to speak for God.

Did she also ponder what that prophetic message meant? Perhaps, but, based on my own personal experience, having a word of knowledge for someone else is by its very nature unknowable to the speaker, but is personal to the recipient, to showcase God’s love. He tells you things you have no way of knowing to show His love to someone else. They know it is from God because of the intimate details that sometimes no one knows but them. I deliver the message without curiosity of its origin because it is not meant for me to know. Perhaps the full meaning of this miraculous event was for God alone to know.

Sometimes pondering, holding the things of God in our heart alone is the more excellent way. Click here to see Part One.

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