Luke 1 : 24 – 38
Picture a young, naïve, sixteen year old girl full of dreams with a set future to be married to a man who is a descendant of an ancient king. She was probably learning to run a household and had hopes of romance with her future husband. Do you remember being sixteen? Not only was Mary young, but the Bible tells us that she was highly favored in heaven. Mary was from a small town, far away from Jerusalem. Having spent some time in a small town, I wouldn’t be surprised if most people knew each other and knew each other’s business.
In my last post, we read about Gabriel’s visit to Zachariah; today we will read about Gabriel’s visit to Mary. We will see that Gabriel’s response to Mary’s questions was very different from Zachariah’s questions. After Gabriel tells Mary that she will become pregnant with God’s son, verse 34 says, “’How will this be,’ Mary asked the angel, ‘since I am a virgin?’” Gabriel then took time to explain the process to Mary and also told her how Elizabeth was also expecting a baby. Why was Gabriel’s response so different?
I think that Mary’s question was different from Zachariah’s. Zachariah seemed to be asking as an older person that had experienced life and maybe was even a little cynical. Mary’s question almost seemed to come from an innocent heart and she just wanted to understand how the process was going to work. There didn’t seem to be any doubt about what Gabriel told her, she just didn’t understand how she could become pregnant. God can search our hearts and see if our questions are stemming from doubt or a need to understand. Do you remember your ability as a child to believe without proof? Jesus addresses that kind of faith in Luke 18 : 15 -17 and says in verse 17, “I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” We just need to believe the way a child can believe.
What is the root of your questions? Do your questions come from a desire to learn and understand, or do they come from doubt? Can you trust what God has told you?