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Nazarene Commentary Luke 1:67-80 – Zechariah’s Prophecy

Luke 1:67-80 – Zechariah’s Prophecy

LK1:67 Then the baby’s father Zechariah was filled with holy Pneuma and prophesied:[1]Blessed [be] YHWH, The God of Israel,[2] [Psalm 41:13] LK1:68 for He visited and redeemed His People.[3] [Psalm 111:9] LK1:69 He raised up for us a horn[4] of salvation in His servant David’s House. [Psalm 132:17] LK1:70 Just as He spoke through the mouth of His holy prophets from ages past[5] – LK1:71 that He would save us from the hand of our enemies who hated us.[6] [Psalm 106:10] LK1:72 This in order to demonstrate [His] mercy to our forefathers and to remember His holy covenant.[7] [Psalm 105:8] LK1:73 That oath He swore to our father Abraham [Genesis 22:16] – LK1:74 to grant us deliverance from the hand of our enemies [Jeremiah 30:8] – LK1:75 so that we may serve Him fearlessly all our days in holiness and righteousness. [Jeremiah 30:9] LK1:76 And so you also, child, will be called a prophet of the Most High. For in the sight of YHWH you will go before to prepare His way[8] [Isaiah 40:3; Malachi 3:1] – LK1:77 to give knowledge of salvation to His People by a forgiveness of their sins,[9] LK1:78 through the tender mercies of our God that will dawn on us from a heavenly visitation – LK1:79 to become visible to those sitting in the darkness of death’s shadow,[10] [Isaiah 9:2] to direct our feet into the way of peace.” LK1:80 And so the child continued to grow and become stronger mentally,[11] remaining in the desert until the day of his appearing to Israel.


[1] Prophesied: Zechariah, like Mary, speaks in language borrowed from a half dozen verses in the Hebrew Bible.

[2] Blessed [be] YHWH, The God of Israel: Compare also 1 Kings 1:48; Psalm 72:18; 106:48.

[3] Redeemed His People: Compare Luke 7:16.

[4] He raised up for us a horn: From Psalm 132:17 but with echoes of Hannah again. [1 Samuel 2:10]

[5] He spoke through the mouth of His holy prophets from ages past: As in Jeremiah 23:5; Daniel 9:24. Compare Hebrews 1:1.

[6] He would save us from the hand of our enemies who hated us: From Psalm 106:10.

[7] To remember His holy covenant: Compare Psalm 105:8; 106:45. Several times Zechariah draws from the historical psalms. On the covenant see Genesis 17:7; Leviticus 26:42; Deuteronomy 4:31; 7:12.

[8] Prepare His way: For details see notes in Nazarene Commentary 2000 on Matthew 3:3.

[9] Forgiveness of their sins: For details see notes in Nazarene Commentary 2000 on Mark 1:4.

[10] Those sitting in the darkness of death’s shadow: From Isaiah 9:2. Compare Psalm 107:10; Isaiah 49:9; 59:9. For details see notes in Nazarene Commentary 2000 on Matthew 4:16.

[11] So the child continued to grow and become stronger mentally: Or, strong in spirit. Compare Jesus at Luke 2:40.

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Nazarene Commentary to Elizabeth Pregnant

Nazarene Commentary Luke 1:46-56 – Mary Magnifies God

Nazarene Commentary Luke 1:57-66 – Elizabeth Gives Birth To John

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The Birth of John the Baptist – circa 1554, Tintoretto (1518–1594)

Nazarene Commentary Luke 1:57-66 – Elizabeth Gives Birth To John

Luke 1:57-66 – Elizabeth Gives Birth To John

LK1:57 Now Elizabeth’s time came to fulfillment for her to give birth, and so she bore a son. LK1:58 Now her neighbors and relatives heard that YHWH[1] had shown His mercy to her and they rejoiced together with her. LK1:59 Then the time arrived on the eighth day that they went to circumcise the child. They all wanted to name him Zechariah. LK1:60 But, his mother answered and said: “No! He will be called ‘John’!” LK1:61 Then they all said to Elizabeth: “No one among your relatives is called by that name.” LK1:62 So they motioned to the baby’s father and asked him what he wanted to name the boy. LK1:63 Then Zechariah asked for a tablet and wrote – “John is his name.” And everyone was astonished. LK1:64 Instantly his mouth and tongue were opened and he began to speak praising The God. LK1:65 Now all those living in his neighborhood became frightened, and throughout the entire hill country of Judea everyone began talking about these matters. LK1:66 Everybody who heard about it continued to wonder inwardly about all of this, saying: “Who will this child become? For surely YHWH’s hand[2] was with him.”

  • Mary and Zechariah (dvpettus.wordpress.com)
    Fifty years of disappointment had built a wall around Zechariah and the presence of a mere angel wasn’t going to knock it down.  Like Gideon, he needed proof.  He probably didn’t even know he needed it, but he needed it in the worst way possible and it was a proof that had to hit him personally and transparently so that it would be obvious even to Elizabeth that something truly miraculous was about to happen, because he would need her to do it and “Once more for old time’s sake” probably wasn’t going to be convincing enough.     Nine months later, when John was born, the Bible reports to us that you couldn’t shut Zechariah up to save your life.
  • Fourth Sunday in Advent: Dec. 22 (prayerscapes.wordpress.com)
    The miraculous birth of a son to Elizabeth began with a mysterious visitation to her husband in his Temple ministry.  Elizabeth accepts the destiny of her son through his name.  Zechariah corroborates his wife’s desire, acknowledges God’s handiwork, and his physical infirmity is restored through the giving of the name John.  While praising God for the part his son will play in God’s plan, Zechariah’s hymn focuses on God’s impending salvation through His Messiah.  John’s presence in the desert foreshadows the place where God will appear to him and commission him for ministry.            The question for God’s people in His revelation isn’t what we believe has happened, but rather if we are willing to believe that in a miraculous birth the stage is set for humanity to take the first steps in restoration to God through repentance and recognition that “the Kingdom of God is at hand?”
  • Luke 1:57-80 (oh-mag.com)
    When Zechariah writes the child’s name on the tablet it signifies his faith that what Gabriel had said would happen was indeed happening, and that he was credited that faith when his tongue became loosed and he could suddenly speak.  This was a sign to the people that something was different about this child, and much to everyone’s amazement something happened that hadn’t occurred in over 400 years. Zechariah is filled with the Spirit and begins to publicly prophesy.  The last prophecy given to Israel was by Malachi …
  • Day 10 – Luke 1:57-66 (immanuelstpauldevotions.wordpress.com)
    After many years of being childless, Elizabeth and Zechariah, along with their neighbors and relatives, rejoice at the birth of their son. This story parallels that of Abraham and Sarah, and foreshadows the miraculous birth of Jesus. Though all expect him to be named after his father, both Elizabeth and Zechariah assert that the boy shall be named John, which means “God is gracious”. Truly, the arrival of this child is a testament to God’s amazing grace. And, Zechariah can finally speak again once he makes known the child’s name, and he praises the Lord. And the people took notice: “What then will this child become?”
  • Sing a Song of Advent (diodocs.wordpress.com)
    Psalm 62 begins, “For God alone my soul waits in silence; from Him comes my salvation.” What? Silence? Everyone who knows me, knows I don’t DO silence!  Where’s the singing? The psalmist asks me to remember that God is my salvation; that all power belongs to Him and my love belongs to Him. Silence has its place in our preparations, and I need to be reminded of that, more often than not. Psalms 112 and 115 go back to praising the Lord – but in a more restrained way than in the writing from Zephaniah …
  • Advent Series, part II – Zechariah (matthewjabate.wordpress.com)
    Gabriel informed Zechariah that his son would fulfill Biblical prophecy in Malachi 4:6, which stated that “he will turn the hearts of the fathers to their children.” This was an unbelievable revelation for Zechariah to digest in one sitting. His son would pave the way for the coming of the Messiah. The sheer magnitude of this more than likely allowed Zechariah’s unbelief to come out; therefore, Gabriel told him that he would be unable to speak until God’s word took place (Luke 1:18-20, ESV).
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    Zechariah lived to see the Lord respond to his longings. He knew that the God of his ancestors answered prayer and moved among his people. Little did Zechariah know that God Almighty had chosen him and Elizabeth to bring about his purposes and plans. We must beware of unbelief when the Lord answers our prayers.
  • Luke 1:11-20 NIV – Miracles often depend on faith (pagprayer.wordpress.com)
    Friend, we may never experience a visitation from an angel of the Lord to deliver us an answer to our prayers.  But God will answer.  He will bring you news.  Faith relies upon God and His promises alone, and results in boldness and steadfastness in the face of difficulties.
    “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” (Hebrews 11:6 NKJV)
    Let us believe that God is and He will reward us as we diligently pray and seek Him.
  • What’s In a Name? (Day 8, 12 Days of Christmas Devotionals) (gloriousfilms.com)
    the people were still wondering, “Why name the child John?” It wasn’t a family name, and in fact, the name John was somewhat common in first century Palestine.  We may wonder this, too. Names were sometimes given by God to individuals in Scripture to indicate special, hidden meanings.  The name John in Hebrew and Greek signifies the “grace of the LORD.” What God was going to do through John would represent His grace.  John would prepare the people for Jesus, whose name means, “The LORD is Salvation.” Through this pair, the world would learn that “it is by grace that the Lord gives salvation.”
  • God Answers Prayers We Have Given Up On (ckisler.wordpress.com)
    On this Sunday morning, consider the prayers once prayed fervently, pleadingly that have never been answered or that you see no possible way the answer could be yes. Those prayers on a shelf, dusty, maybe even bitter reminders, you think, of God’s “No’s”, those entreaties with squashed hopes, sometimes these very prayers are the ones God uses to demonstrate that our timing, our reasoning, our finite minds cannot begin to understand all He desires to bring out of the barren spots in our lives.

    God does not forget any prayer. Just look at Zechariah and Elizabeth. He savors them as he works in us to make us ready for His Answer!

  • Words are important (rkonazeski.wordpress.com)
    When Zechariah had enough faith to speak God’s words then he was allowed to speak again.  He had to speak words of faith, God’s words.

    Just like Zechariah God has given us His Words to speak, we find them in the Bible.  We need to use our faith and believe what He says even when it looks impossible.

Nazarene Commentary Luke 1:46-56 – Mary Magnifies God

Luke 1:46-56 – Mary Magnifies God

LK1:46 Now Mary responded: LK1:47 “My soul magnifies the LORD![1] [1 Samuel 2:1] My inner being rejoices in my God, the Savior! [1 Samuel 2:1] LK1:48 For He has seen the humble condition of his servant-girl. Behold, from now on all generations will consider me most blessed. LK1:49 Because the Powerful One has done great things to me, and His name is holy! [Psalm 111:4] LK1:50 His mercy is on every generation of those fearing Him. [Psalm 103:17] LK1:51 With His Arm He has performed a mighty deed. He has scattered the thoughts of the proud in their own hearts. [Psalm 89:10] LK1:52 He has abased powers from their thrones and exalted the humble. [Job 12:19; 5:11] LK1:53 Those hungering He has satisfied with good things, [Psalm 107:9] but the wealthy He has sent away empty. [Psalm 34:10 LXX] LK1:54 He came to the aid of His servant Israel in a memorial of His mercy, [Isaiah 41:8; Psalm 118:3] LK1:55 just as He said to our forefathers – to Abraham [Micah 7:20] and his offspring – unto the Age.” LK1:56 And Mary stayed with Elizabeth for about three months and then she returned to her own home.


[1] My soul magnifies the Lord: Mary’s inspired praise draws on Hannah’s own in 1 Samuel 2 as well as alludes to about a dozen Hebrew Bible verses. Here “the Lord” is TON KYRION.

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Nazarene Commentary to Elizabeth Pregnant

Story of Jesus’ birth begins long before the New Testament

Nazarene Commentary Luke 1:39-45 – Mary Visits Elizabeth

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On the left you can see an inscription “Mother of God “, but God did not have a mother. Miriam or Mary/Maria was the mother of the Nazarene Jeshua, better known today as Jesus Christ. – interior, cupola, Covington, Kentucky

  • Today we can see that many people do have many gods. In the Holy Scriptures we are warned not to have any other god above the Only One God. Bible Verses About Idolatry !! (christianspooksite.wordpress.com) gives some of the many verses of the Scriptures which make it clear not to make worldly persons higher than they are and not to turn unto idols, nor make to yourselves molten gods, because we should know there is Only One God the Almighty Who is One Elohim Hashem Jehovah Who can say : I [am] the LORD your God.
  • The Attributes of God (devosfromthehill.org)
    God Is Eternal – He Has No Beginning or End
    God Is Perfect – He Is Holy
    BS note: You can find more attributes of God in the Christadelphian article: Attributes to God
  • Israel’s Kings as Messiahs or Christs (mindingthetruth.com)
    In the Hebrew texts the word for “anointed one” is mashiach (משיח), which is anglicized as “messiah.” And in the Septuagint (LXX), the ancient Greek translations of the Hebrew Scriptures used by early Christians, mashiach was rendered christos (χριστος), which is anglicized as “christ.” Here are some examples of this usage of the term mashiach in the Hebrew texts and christos in the Greek translations.
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    Jesus the Son of God
    According to the Scriptures, Jesus of Nazareth is the Son of God. What does this mean? Because most Christians take for granted the teaching of the later creeds that Jesus, a man, is actually God as well, they interpret Jesus’ title Son of God as denoting the eternal deity ascribed to him in the creeds. To put it another way, since most Christians presuppose the doctrine of the trinity, when they hear Jesus called the “Son of God” in Scripture, they hear this as “God the Son” of the later creeds. But this is a misinterpretation of the title. According to the Scriptures, Jesus is Son of God for two reasons, or in two different ways; and neither of these reasons or ways involves the idea that Jesus of Nazareth, a man, is somehow actually God as well.
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    In verse 35, the angel explains that the conception will not be due to the agency of a man, but due to the miraculous agency of God. Thus, strictly speaking the child will have no human father. His father will be God. And it is for this reason that the child will be called holy—the Son of God.
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    And just as this makes Jesus the Son of God, so too it makes Adam the son of God. In sum, then, according to the words of Gabriel recorded in Luke 1.35, Jesus is the Son of God by birth, or by nature in the original sense of the term (“nature” is derived from the Latin natura which means “by birth”), because Jesus was begotten not by a human father but by God himself through the virgin Mary.
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    Now the Hebrew Scriptures were interpreted by Jews in the time of Jesus (First Century CE) as holding out the same promise of royal sonship for the ultimate King or Messiah to come. Thus, Psalm 2.7, which reads, “I will relate the decree of YHWH: He said to me, ‘You are my son, today I have begotten you,’” was understood by Jews in the time of Jesus as a prophecy or an oracle relating God’s election of a man to be the ultimate Messiah or anointed of God. Therefore, what is typically in view when Jesus is spoken of as Son of God by the writers of the Greek New Testament Scriptures is that Jesus is the Messiah or the Christ, the man chosen by God to represent God as his king on earth. In terms of the interpretation of Psalm 2.7, the idea is that this oracle finds its fulfillment in Jesus. And indeed this verse, Psalm 2.7, was a staple in early Christian proclamation of Jesus as Messiah. We find it so used in Acts 13.33 and in Hebrews 1.5-6 and 5.5. But this meaning of Son of God for Jesus in the Scriptures goes far beyond the application of Psalm 2.7 to him. This is readily apparent from even a cursory reading of the New Testament Scriptures.
  • Open Heavens Daily Devotional. Friday 20 December 2013 Theme : God Promotes. (greaterworksoffaith.wordpress.com)
    When God set out to deliver the children of Israel from Egypt, it was to take them out of captivity and bondage and to lift them up. God has come to take you out of your current location in the miry clay to your promised land – a land flowing with milk and honey. This simply tells us that the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is the God of promotion. When He promotes you, nobody can demote you.
  • Psalm 3, A Prayer of Confidence in God (afriendofjesus2013.com)
    Confidence, true based upon:
    God’s Word – Acts 27:22-25
    Assurance – 2 Timothy 1:12
    Trust – Habakkuk 3:17-19
    Christ’s promise – Philippians 1:6
    Illustrated – 1 Samuel 17:45-50
  • 1 Samuel 1 and Psalm 6 (rogerfarnworth.wordpress.com)
    Hannah is barren and, for an Israelite woman, this is a state of shame. The resolution to her shame follows as the scenes of the story unfold. Eventually Hannah has her first born son and she dedicates him to the Lord.
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    Abuse is part of Hannah’s problem, she has been abused by her ‘sister-wife’, and no doubt also by her community, for her barrenness. In the four scenes of the story in 1 Samuel 1, Hannah finds her voice and she asserts her “existence and legitimacy,” (Brueggemann: p75), just as those shamed by abuse and a conspiracy of silence need to do. In those same four scenes we see God at work removing her shame, her barrenness.
  • 1 Samuel 1:1-2:11 – A Mother Named Hannah (genebrooks.blogspot.com)
    Hannah is in many ways an example of an ideal mother. Hannah was one of the noblest Hebrews who ever lived. Her unpleasant circumstances produced in her a character which made her life an inspiration and a blessing to this day.

    Samuel Dedicated by Hannah (Topham)

  • 2 Samuel 1 (agodlyheritage.wordpress.com)
    The lack of faith of Saul, and its resulting lack of obedience, has left Saul alienated from the only eternal power, that of the Lord God, the God of Jacob, the LORD of hosts. This alienation has left him dead without a Saviour. It has left him facing judgment without the blood or righteousness of his Redeemer applied to him. It has left him, in the end, in the light of eternity, weak not mighty. Scripture is clear: better to be “weak” in the world with faith in God then “strong” without Him. So St. Paul tells the Corinthian Christians, “For ye see your calling, brethren, how…not many mighty…are called: But…God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty…That no flesh should glory in his presence…That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord” (1 Corinthians 1:26, 27, 29, 31). So the Virgin Mary rejoiced in her Magnificat that the God of Abraham, her Saviour, “hath put down the mighty from their seats, and exalted them of low degree” (Luke 1:52).
  • A Psalm. A Song. (Psalm 67) (refreshmyheartinchrist.wordpress.com)
    What vision of a Messiah is echoed in this psalm (see Isaiah 66:18 – 23)? Will all embrace Judaism one day (verse 7)?

Nazarene Commentary Luke 1:39-45 – Mary Visits Elizabeth

Luke 1:39-45 – Mary Visits Elizabeth

LK1:39 Now in those days Mary rose and traveled hastily into the hill country to a village of Judah. LK1:40 She entered into the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. LK1:41 Now the moment Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting her baby suddenly moved in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with holy Pneuma. LK1:42 She cried out in a loud voice: “You are most blessed among women! Blessed is the fruit of your womb! LK1:43 Why am I so privileged that the mother of my Master should visit me? LK1:44 For, look, at the very moment I heard your greeting, the baby in my womb leaped with joy! LK1:45 Blessed is the one[1] who continues to believe that there will be a fulfillment to the things spoken to her by YHWH!”[2]


[1] Blessed is the one: Or, blessed is she, happy the woman.
[2] YHWH: Or, the Lord. The Greek is without the article.

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The Embrace of Elizabeth and the Virgin Mary – 1191 – St. George Church, Kurbinovo, Macedonia

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    How beautiful that God would choose to use Mary’s “yes” to save us from our “no.” That the fruit of Mary’s womb, Jesus, would become man, and, by His life, death, and resurrection, expiate the sin of aborting millions of unborn babies from their mother’s wombs.
  • 21st December, Gospel Reading (Luke 1:39-45) (prayers4reparation.wordpress.com)
    Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. She gave a loud cry
  • Just Say It. (thegilmoregirl.wordpress.com)
    Can you imagine the comfort of these words to Mary’s ears? How peaceful it must have been to her heart. It’s almost as if you can hear her breath a small sigh of relief, because God had given her another sign that He was taking care of her.Elizabeth spoke of things she didn’t even know of, but those words calmed Mary in a way that only a Savior could. How supernaturally powerful!
  • Mary and Elizabeth (rccsdevos.wordpress.com)
    Mary remained with her about three months and returned to her home.
  • Christmas ponderings (bweisenauer.wordpress.com)
    Mary is willing to allow God to use her for His Kingdom but what did she think when she went to visit her cousin Elizabeth? Luke 1: 39-56 tells us of another sign from God that must have made Mary excited, full of praise as well as apprehensive about her future.
  • Waiting… Waiting… (loveunderstandserve.wordpress.com)
    A single woman couldn’t just pop into her car and tear off down the highway in those days. She would have had to find a group of people she knew who were traveling in the direction of Ein Karem. She would required permission from her parents to travel. She would have to gather supplies for the journey. Then she would spend several more days actually walking the long distance between her home and Elizabeth’s.Can you imagine the anticipation and anxiety Mary was feeling?
  • A Meditation on the Visitation (reclaimingourchildren.typepad.com)
    In describing Mary’s departure for Judea, the Evangelist uses the verb “anístemi,” which means “to arise, “to start moving.” Considering that this verb is used in the Gospels to indicate Jesus’ Resurrection (Mk 8:31; 9:9,31; Lk 24:7, 46) or physical actions that imply a spiritual effort (Lk 5:27-28; 15:18,20), we can suppose that Luke wishes to stress with this expression the vigorous zeal which led Mary, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, to give the world its Saviour.
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    However, one thing that was predictable was the fact that everyone was talking about the anticipated baby in the womb (note: not the anticipated foetus. Anticipation has the wonderful ability to shatter much scientific theory. I digress!)
  • Saturday, 21 December 2013 : 3rd Week of Advent, Memorial of St. Peter Canisius, Priest and Doctor of the Church (Gospel Reading) (petercanisiusmichaeldavidkang.com)
    “The moment your greeting sounded in my ears, the baby within me suddenly leapt for joy. Blessed are you who believed that the Lord’s word would come true!”
  • More Than Meets The Eye (ubicrux.com)
    Imagine that you were a silent observer to this interaction.  You would see two people, Mary and Elizabeth, talking to one another.  No big deal, right?  Conversations between two people happen all the time.  But if you limit your vision of the Visitation to only what you see, you will miss so much.  Though you can only see two actors in this story, there are actually six.  Jesus, the Son, is present as an embryo in the womb of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  St. John the Baptist is present in the womb of Elizabeth and “leaps for joy” at Mary’s words.  The Holy Spirit is present, as the Gospel says that Elizabeth was “filled with the Holy Spirit.”  And the Father, being omnipotent and omnipresent, is also there.  You see a simple conversation.  But there is so much more than meets the eye.

Nazarene Commentary Luke 1:26-38 – Gabriel’s Appearance to Mary

Luke 1:26-38 – Gabriel’s Appearance to Mary

LK1:26 Now in Elizabeth’s sixth month of pregnancy the angel Gabriel was sent from God to the village of Galilee called Nazareth, LK1:27 to a virgin[1] [Isaiah 7:14] promised in marriage to a man named Joseph of David’s House. And the name of the virgin was Mary.[2] LK1:28 Approaching Mary, Gabriel said to her: “Greetings, favored one! The LORD is with you!” LK1:29 At this statement Mary was very puzzled and kept wondering what this greeting meant. LK1:30 Then the angel Gabriel said to Mary: “Do not be frightened, Mary, for you have found favor with God. LK1:31 And, behold, you will conceive in your womb and will give birth to a son, and you will give him the name Jesus.[3] LK1:32 He will become a renowned person[4] and will be called a son of the Most High.[5] [Psalm 82:6] YHWH The God[6] will give to him David’s throne,[7] [Isaiah 9:7] LK1:33 and he will reign over Jacob’s House throughout the Ages. There will never be an end to his kingdom.” [Daniel 2:44] LK1:34 But in response Mary said to the angel Gabriel: “How can this be[8] since I have never known a man?” LK1:35 So the angel answered her: “Holy Pneuma[9] will come over you and the Most High’s power will overshadow you. As a result the One to be born will be also called Holy, God’s Son.[10] [Psalm 89:26] LK1:36 Now, look, your relative Elizabeth has also conceived a son in her old age and this is now the sixth month of her so-called barrenness. LK1:37 For no message from God is impossible.”[11] [Genesis 18:14] LK1:38 Then Mary said: “Look, YHWH’s slave![12] May it all take place with me just as you say!” And the angel Gabriel left her.


[1] Virgin: Possibly borrowed from Isaiah 7:14 where a PARTHENON is foretold. For details see notes in Nazarene Commentary 2000 on Matthew 1:23.

[2] Mary: For details see notes in Nazarene Commentary 2000 on Matthew.

[3] Jesus: The traditional form of the Greek IESOUS here. The Hebrew form is Yeshua {BS note: contemporary writing in many languages: Jeshua} and means “Yehowah is Salvation.” It is the same as the name Joshua. Some argue over the exact form. Accents in pronunciation of foreign languages persist no matter the tongue. It seems unreasonable to many that God would insist every word translated from the Hebrew Bible must be spoken in a Hebrew accent. Even the accents of Jews differed in the 1st Century just as they do in English and Spanish in different places.

[4] Renowned person: Or, great.

[5] A son of the Most High: Or, [the] Most High’s Son, Son of the Highest, Son of the Most High. The Greek is HUIOS YPSISTOU with the article. Compare a similar phrase at Psalm 82:6.

[6] YHWH The God: The Greek is KYRIOS HO THEOS without the article and may indicate the Tetragram originally occurred here.

[7] David’s throne: An echo of Isaiah 9:7. Compare also 2 Samuel 7:12; Psalm 132:11; Jeremiah 23:5.

[8] How can this be: Note Mary is not rebuked for her question while Zechariah was.

[9] Holy Pneuma: Or, holy spirit. Note the Pneuma is paralleled with God’s “power.” For details see notes in Nazarene Commentary 2000 on Holy Pneuma; compare 1 Corinthians 2:16.

[10] God’s Son: Or, the Son of God. The Greek is HUIOS THEOU with the article. Compare Psalm 2:7; 89:26.

[11] For no message from God is impossible: Or, word, declaration. It echoes Genesis 18:14. [Psalm 115:3]

[12] YHWH’s slave: Or, handmaid. The Greek is DOULE KYRIOU.

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Fresco cycle of the “Legend of the Holy Cross” in the choir of San Francesco in Arezzo. Detail: Annunciation – Piero della Francesca (1420–1492) – The Yorck Project: 10.000 Meisterwerke der Malerei. DVD-ROM, 2002.

  • Mary and the Angel Gabriel (ts4jc.wordpress.com)
    while the responsibility that Mary was facing was indeed daunting, while the questions about her reputation and the reaction of Joseph indeed induced anxiety, she also felt the joy and humble gratitude that God had chosen her to be the one to have the honor of giving birth to the long-awaited Messiah. This, along with the encouragement of Gabriel and later Elizabeth, were gifts from God that helped her bear the burden. The revelation by dream to Joseph about how the child was conceived added the final and perhaps most necessary support, for Joseph would now provide for their everyday needs and social covering.
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    Mary is betrothed to Joseph and has pledged herself to him. To break any vow under Mosaic Law is serious sin. Since betrothal was more than our engagement, it was the preliminary part of the marriage process, to break that vow was doubly serious. Legally, only the husband could break it by a bill of divorce, and the wife’s parents could insist on him paying a fine for doing so.
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    While the KJV translates that as “virgin” in four of the seven times it appears in the Old Testament, the other three times it is translated as “maid” or “damsel”: in other words any young woman who has reached marriageable age, or even one who is newly married. Apparently, it is the latter meaning that most Jews give to this verse.Therefore Mary would not have expected the angel’s answer, that the child would be born of the Holy Spirit. To her the only answers appear to violate the Law or at least do something unconventional. At best, perhaps the answer she was hoping for, Joseph would have to agree to shorten the betrothal period and move up the marriage. However, to many people, that would still be scandalous, for what other reason to do so besides Mary’s obvious pregnancy in a few months?
  • An Angel named Gabriel. (amylwestdavidson.wordpress.com)
    Mary must have been a young woman of incredible faith. I once heard that we don’t know for sure that Mary was the first young girl that God had picked as the mother of Jesus, she may have just been the first one that accepted what God had asked. Just a teenager, engaged to be married, and given a message directly from God. From an angel.Far too often, we don’t hear when God is speaking to us. We are all sent messages from him, we need to learn to listen. The message might not be as world-changing- or even life-changing – as the message Mary got that day, but if God is trying to talk to us, we should listen.
  • Angels Spoke to Mary and Joseph (ccwckidology.wordpress.com)
    Joseph learned of Mary’s pregnancy and decided to divorce her quietly, but an angel visited Joseph and encouraged him to follow God’s plan and let the marriage take place as planned. God’s plan was far greater than Joseph’s plan.What were Mary and Joseph’s roles in God’s plan? God had chosen Mary and Joseph to be the earthly parents of Jesus. The baby Jesus fulfilled the prophecies about the Messiah in Isaiah 7:14. This was one of many Old Testament prophecies which Jesus fulfilled.
  • A Christmas Story – Day #1 – Isaiah 40:1-11 And Luke 1:26-38 (tomhuff.wordpress.com)
    3 The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.
    4 Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain:
    5 And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.
  • Messianic Prophecies (frommyheart2u.wordpress.com)

    Following her initial fear and reasoning she made that profound statement of surrender, “Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word.” She was not only fully surrendered to the will of God, but she was ready also! Was not her’s the attitude every true child of God should have at all times?  Approximately 33 years later, her Son would utter a similar prayer “Father not my will but Thy will be done.”  Let’s unify the two and pray today, ” Be it unto me according to Thy word, not  my will, but Thy will be done.”

  • Mary Did You Know? (devotionsinmotion.wordpress.com)
    remember Zechariah was rendered speechless for questioning Gabriel’s message from God.  I find it interesting; Mary asked the same question as Zechariah.  How can this be?  Zechariah and Elizabeth were old.  Mary was a virgin.  Both life altering decrees were impossible apart from a miracle.  The priest was dumb struck and the girl was given an explanation.  Doesn’t it make you wonder why Zechariah was dealt with so severely and Mary was given such grace?  Did it have to do with the fact that Zechariah had walked and talked with God for so long, and Mary was so young? God knows how He must deal with each of His children.  He allows whatever will bring the most glory to Him.
  • An Angel’s Conversation (heartstreamssinglesandmarried.wordpress.com)
    before she was formed in the womb Yahweh knew her and she has been carved and purposed for this end, she is just beginning to know It, but it wasn’t a secret to all of us who serves the father directly on the throne
    +”we often guide men to whom they will marry , since heaven has a plan for every of their marriages but you know them, the fall has complicate things, they all choose whomsoever and how so ever, that is why so much chaos exist in their marriages “whaoh! But why can’t someone tell them about it” Lamented Felixa
  • Foretold & Fulfilled: A Youth Christmas Program (seelsorge40.com)
    The story of Jesus’ birth begins long before the New Testament. In fact, it goes back all the way before creation (Ephesians 1:4). Today’s youth program begins in the Garden of Eden, where right after the fall into sin, God reveals the first promise of the coming Savior to Adam (Genesis 3:15). We continue by hearing the promise of the Savior’s birth to Abraham (Genesis 12, 17, & 22), Moses (Deuteronomy 18), David (2 Samuel 7, Psalm 132), the Prophets (Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Micah, and Malachi), and Mary (Luke 1:26—38). We then behold the fulfillment of the promise with the birth of our Lord in Bethlehem (Luke 2). The program concludes with words from St. Paul from Acts 13, who declares the fulfillment of all the Old Testament promises in Jesus.
  • The Events Surrounding the Birth of Christ (eternallysecure.wordpress.com)
    Before Jesus was to be born John the Baptist had to be born first. He would be the forerunner for Christ, the coming Messiah preaching a message of repentance. This is often overlooked during the Christmas season.

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