The Son of God…chances are that Mary also knows how the Son of God comes to suffer for our sin. Isaiah (53) prophesied these things, and Isaiah’s prophecy is verified in our New Testament. But here’s Mary’s response,
38 “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her. Luke 1:35-38 niv 2011
The Warrior’s mother isn’t thrown into a panic, though she knows that this new life within her will suffer and die. She doesn’t carry on and beg for the circumstances to be brought upon anyone else. The Warrior’s mother isn’t a drama queen – and just as an aside, because sometimes we can be notorious for being drama queens – don’t ever give in to that emotion. Fight it with everything you have. As much as I hate to admit it, I’ve partaken in drama sprees, and I’ve watched other people (men and women alike) partake in this disgusting, manipulative course of action. It is a spectacle and it should have no part in our lives as Christian warriors.
Mary’s resultant actions are well under control.
39 At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea, 40 where she entered Zechariah’s home and greeted Elizabeth. 41 When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. 42 In a loud voice she exclaimed: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear! 43 But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? 44 As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. 45 Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!” Luke 1:39-45 niv 2011
Oh, praise the Lord! This is so awesome! The value of Christian fellowship should be sought after always! Here are two women experiencing similar blessing, and the older woman reinforces the nature of what’s happening to the younger when she says, Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!
The Warrior’s mother has faith and she doesn’t share this glory that is happening within her with just anyone. She doesn’t babble it on the street corner, nor does she brag of it in passing. No, Mary goes straight to her older relative, a godly woman, righteous in the sight of God, observing all the Lord’s commands and decrees blamelessly. This is the kind of woman Mary shares her sacred news with.
There are certain sacred things that happen to us at different times in our lives, and I believe that some of those things are not to be shared with another living soul, except for a few whom God Himself has chosen. In this instance, God had chosen Elizabeth for Mary. Whether it’s a miracle from God, a horrible fight within our family, or perhaps a horrendous atrocity committed by our best friend, our husband or child – many of these things we should consider sacred and take only to our dearest confidants. These confidants must be righteous in the sight of God, observing all the Lord’s commands and decrees blamelessly. And even some of these sacred things, especially things that happen between husband and wife, should never be shared with anyone but our King.
I’ve heard women babble out garbage about their husbands, parents, children, relatives, other friends, etc., and I’ve been one of those women. Beloved, let’s not carry on this way.
Solomon warned (and this is about temple worship, sacrifice and vows, but I think it can apply right here to us),
2 Do not be quick with your mouth,
do not be hasty in your heart
to utter anything before God.
God is in heaven
and you are on earth,
so let your words be few.
3 A dream comes when there are many cares,
and many words mark the speech of a fool. Ecclesiastes 5:2-3 niv 2011
This babbling out of everything that’s going on in our lives is sinful and destructive, and it makes us look like complete idiots. Have you ever heard the saying, “Run to the Throne instead of the phone?” Do that the next time you have the urge to gab it up with somebody.
46 And Mary said:
“My soul glorifies the Lord
47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
48 for he has been mindful
of the humble state of his servant.
he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant
Mary knows that God chose her specifically. He’s been mindful of her – she’s been in His sights.
Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian, and he led the flock to the far side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. 2 There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in flames of fire from within a bush. Moses saw that though the bush was on fire it did not burn up. 3 So Moses thought, “I will go over and see this strange sight—why the bush does not burn up.”
4 When the Lord saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him from within the bush, “Moses! Moses!”
And Moses said, “Here I am.” Exodus 3:1-4 niv 2011
Please notice from the above Scripture that God called Moses when He saw that Moses had gone over to look…Moses was seeking when he found God in the burning bush.
Back to Mary,
From now on all generations will call me blessed,
49 for the Mighty One has done great things for me—
holy is his name.
50 His mercy extends to those who fear [to be in awe of] him,
from generation to generation.
51 He has performed mighty deeds with his arm;
he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts.
52 He has brought down rulers from their thrones
but has lifted up the humble.
This baby isn’t coming from the womb of a queen, He’s coming from a young lady who is devoted to the Lord in both body and spirit.
53 He has filled the hungry with good things
but has sent the rich away empty.
This seeking that Mary has done has filled her with good things.
54 He has helped his servant Israel,
remembering to be merciful
55 to Abraham and his descendants forever,
just as he promised our ancestors.”
Luke 1:46-55 niv 2011
The last two verses hearken directly back to all the promises that Mary has sought after and believe.
The Warrior’s mother is devoted to the Lord in body and spirit; she seeks His holiness; she has nothing to do with guile or manipulation; she isn’t a drama queen; she has fellowship with Godly people; and she’s filled with faith.
This is a tough bill to fill, but “What is impossible with man is possible with God.” Those are Jesus’ own words at Luke 18:27 niv 2011
One more thing about Mary…
Being devoted to the Lord in body and spirit made her stronger than any man of her time.
John Chapter 19, verse 25 niv 1984 Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother…
When others fled, Mary stood her ground while they killed her Son. That baby of Divine blessing, whom she’d kissed thousands of times, now hung on a cross, and she stood near enough to Him to hear Him speak. She didn’t watch from afar, but up close to Him. And Christ was touched.
When Jesus saw His mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to His mother, “Dear woman, here is your son,” and to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” And from that time on, this disciple took her into his home. John 19:26-26 niv 1984
The Almighty had been mindful of Mary for a very long time. Even as He was dying He made sure to provide for her needs. She had been devoted to Him in body and spirit, and He was mindful of her.
I want the Lord to be mindful of me – I want Him to see me looking into the things of Him.
Let’s go to Him, on our face, on a daily basis in sincere humility and unleash the power of the resurrection – because it didn’t end there at the cross. It was just the beginning! Because of the cross, we have the capacity to be powerful in mind and spirit – a holy force to be reckoned with.
This is who we are in the Lord, and what we were created to be – powerful in mind and spirit, powerful warriors for our Lord, Savior and King!
© 2018, Ta`Mara Hanscom
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