Just Announced: Philippians Sermon Series

Summary: One might wonder why God would choose Mary out of all the women on earth. We cannot answer that with any degree of finality, but we can safely infer that God knew her heart, that she was a young woman of faith, who would agree with God against all odds.

Gabriel, the deliverer of God’s important news, the heavenly postmaster, said, “Mary, rejoice, because you have found favor with God. God is with you, and you are blessed among women.”

One might wonder why God would choose Mary out of all the women on earth. We cannot answer that with any degree of finality, but we can safely infer that God knew her heart, that she was a young woman of faith, who would agree with God against all odds. She would believe the unreasonable and receive the impossible. She asked, “How shall these things be, seeing that I know not a man?” She was not doubting the word of God, she simply ask how it was going to happen. Gabriel told her and she spoke words of faith, as she said, “Let it be unto me according to your word.”

I would submit that to agree with God against all odds, believing the unreasonable in order to receive the impossible, is exactly where God is leading each one of us. That is the faith life that is pleasing to God, and that results in great reward for those lean not to their understanding, but in all their ways acknowledge Him.

God planted a seed in the womb of this virgin girl named, Mary. It was just a little seed, we would call it an embryo. It needed the protection of Mary’s womb and the nourishment of her body. Talk about making Himself of no reputation! It was a tiny seed, very unnoticeable at first, but it grew and manifested itself as the most important seed in the history of the world. It became the Vine that holds the branches that bear much fruit.

There is an amazing consistency in the Bible. God works everything He does in an orderly consistency. I am aware of Romans 11:33, which says, “O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!” Yet, God has not hidden His ways from us. We could not find them out, except He reveal them to us, and He has done exactly that. We call this revelation, the Bible.

When God created the earth, he created life forms of every kind to have with in it seed, so that it would bring forth after its kind. When God created mankind, He blessed them and told them to be fruitful and multiply, fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over all the earth. For many years, I have thought that to only mean that they were to have children and take care of the earth. Upon closer examination, I have realized that as the population grew, they would soon outgrow that garden. They were to spread that garden all over the face of the earth. The entire earth would have become a Garden of Eden had man not sinned. God blessed him, gave him seed, and gave him dominion. When the serpent came and started talking, man could have told the serpent to shut up and leave, and that would have been the end of it, because God had given him dominion. It’s no news to you that they didn’t do that. Instead of agreeing with God, they sided with the devil, and in so doing they put themselves, and their descendants, under his rule and reign. Mankind came under the law of sin and death. Romans 8:2 says, “For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.” We got our dominion back, we have been blessed with all spiritual blessings, and we have been given seeds!

Just as the law of gravity is an undeniable natural law, so is the law of sowing and reaping in the spiritual realm. God told mankind to be fruitful and multiply, to fill the earth and subdue it, and He enabled him by giving him dominion and by giving him seed to sow. In order to reap a baby, as seed has to be sown. In order to spread the garden, seeds must be sown. In order for God to have a family, He sowed the best seed He had. He sowed Him as embryo in the virgin’s womb, then 33 years later, he sowed Him into the earth. Jesus said in John 12:24, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.” Just look what happened!

Here’s something you may not have realized: During Jesus’ 33 years on this earth, He was called “The Only Begotten Son Of God.” He was never called that before His birth, He was “The Word.” He was never called that after the resurrection. He is called “The First Born Among Many Brethren.” John 1:12 says, “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.” First John 3:2 says, “Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.” So, He was The Only Begotten Son Of God, but now we are begotten of God. First Peter 1:3-5 tells us, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.”

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