Words from the Heart for Saturday December 9th, 2017
In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary.
Luke 1:26-27 (NRSV)
The Virgin’s Name was Mary
Long ago through the prophet Isaiah the Lord had announced that He would choose someone to give birth to the Saviour. The angel Gabriel is sent to a young girl named Mary in Nazareth to announce that she is the one chosen by the Lord. We, too, are chosen to be part of the Lord’s plans in our day.
The name Mary has become a popular name throughout the world because of the impact of the mother of Jesus. In Hebrew, the name means bitter, but in Western civilization, it has come to mean “wished-for-child.” Back in 1880, when statistics about names for babies were first gathered, 7% of new babies were named Mary. The name is no longer anywhere near as popular. In 2016 barely one tenth of one percent of girls born in Canada and the US were named Mary.
There is an old truism that the devil is in the details. It means that when planning something, the greatest challenges are in the smallest aspects of the plan. This may be true in the principles of this world, but it is not true in the kingdom of God. In the kingdom of God, God is in the details. Every single little detail. This is seen so clearly in Luke 1:26-27: “In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary.” Look at the details that God had put into place. God, who is outside of time and space, appeared in the sixth month. God who is outside of space, knows exactly where Mary was – Nazareth in Galilee. And long before that, God chose a godly young woman named Mary, engaged to a godly young man named Joseph, to be the mother of the Messiah. If God could put all of this together, you can trust Him for the details of your life.
These have been words from the heart.