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Advent – Faith – She Tried to Discern

08 Dec

Annunciation by Fra Angelico (1387-1455)

Luke 1:26-33 (ESV)

In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David.  And the virgin’s name was Mary.  And he came to her and said, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!”  But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be.  And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.  And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus.  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 father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.”

Besides being understandably shocked at an angel appearing in her living room, she was equally as perplexed.  She was troubled, but I don’t think it was at the “the Lord is with you” part.  Rather, she must have been confused why this shiny guy was saying she was favored.  She must have had a million guesses at why he was saying she was favored over other people.  “Why me?”

And as Gabriel went on, Mary’s mind must have sparked with each familiar reference to the prophesies within the Scriptures.  She must have thought to herself, “Is he going where I think he’s going?  Me…the Messiah…wow.”

But what faith this took!  First of all, when ole Gabe showed up and she was freaked, she could have hightailed it out the door.  However, in spite of the fear, he hinted at the fact that he had a message from God; she wanted to hear it.  Knowing that God was with her, she stuck around to figure out how she was favored, learned that she would conceive and bear a son, and that that son, though he would be her son, would, in reality, be called the Son of the Most High.

Sometimes trying to discern what the Lord is talking about is labeled as being anti-faith.  It is thought that we should accept it without understanding it.  Truthfully, there are things that we’re never going to understand.  But trying to discern what the Lord wants from us is what we should do, in spite of trepidation or how stupid it seems.  We should roll it around and chew on it for awhile.

Mary, Did You Know?

Mary, did you know that your baby boy will one day walk on water?

Did you know that your baby boy will save our sons and daughters?

Did you know, that your baby boy has come to make you new?

This child that you’ve delivered, will soon deliver you.

Mary, did you know that your baby boy will give sight to a blind man?

Did you know your baby boy will calm a storm with his hand?

Did you know, that your baby boy has walked where angels trod?

When you kiss your little baby, you’ve kissed the face of God.

The blind will see

The deaf will hear

The dead will live again.

The lame will leap

The dumb will speak

The praises of The Lamb.

Mary, did you know that your baby boy is Lord of all creation?

Did you know that your baby boy will some day rule the nations?

Did you know, that your baby boy is heaven’s perfect lamb?

This sleeping child you’re holding, is the great I AM.

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Posted by on December 8, 2008 in advent, advent, family worship

 

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