And coming in, he said to her, “Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you.” But she was very perplexed at this statement, and kept pondering what kind of salutation this was. 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 name Him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David; and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and His kingdom will have no end.” Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I am a virgin?” Luke 1:28-34
Mary’s question is not one of doubt, like Zacharias’ doubt in verse 18. This is a young woman, a virgin, trying understand how she was going to get pregnant.
“Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.”
Certainly Mary knew the prophesy.
Certainly all the Jews were talking about the prophesy because they would have figured out, based on Daniel 9:24-27, that the Messiah would soon be born.
Certainly all the young women were talking about who would be the chosen virgin and wondering how a virgin would conceive.
Mary doesn’t understanding how this is going to happen, so she asks. This passage gives me peace that it’s okay to ask God how He’s going to accomplish His promises.
The Lord wants to have a conversation with us. He wants us to ask—because He loves us.
Dear Christian Sisters,
After everyone at the temple saw that Zacharias couldn’t speak, Zacharias and Elizabeth went home. Luke says:
After these days, Elizabeth his wife became pregnant…
Can you imagine Elizabeth and Zacharias’ excitement? Not only were they finally pregnant, Zacharias now knew what the angel said was true! Confirmation!
…and she kept herself in seclusion for five months, saying, “This is the way the Lord has dealt with me in the days when He looked withfavor upon me, to take away my disgrace among men.”
I find it sad that we think of not being able to have children as a disgrace.
If you are unable to have children, my love pours out for you. I am praying for you as I write.
Know that even if the Lord has not given you the ability to bear children, you can have spiritual children.
Isaiah 54:1-4 says:
“Woman, be happy! You have not had any children, but you should be very happy.
“Yes, the woman who is alone will have more children than the woman with a husband.” This is what the Lord says.
“Make your tent bigger. Open your doors wide. Don’t think small! Make your tent large and strong, because you will grow in all directions. Your children will take over many nations and live in the cities that were destroyed.
“Don’t be afraid! You will not be disappointed. People will not say bad things against you. You will not be embarrassed. When you were young, you felt shame. But you will forget that shame now. You will not remember the shame you felt when you lost your husband.”
Take heart. God has a plan.