Summary: A godly woman knows how to worship God in all situations.
1. Mary still in her teens, was engaged to Joseph. “A virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph” (Luke 1:27).
2. What was Mary like?
a. Pure; 1:27
b. Humble; 1:48
c. Sense of God’s presence; 1:28
d. Moment by moment fellowship with God; 1:28
e. Meditative; 2:19, 51
f. Grateful; 1:47
g. Submissive to God. “Behold the handmaid of the Lord, be it unto me, according to Thy Word” (1:38).
3. What was Mary’s problem?
a. The integrity question. “How shall this be seeing I know not a man?”
b. The Joseph question. “Will Joseph divorce me, or have me punished?”
c. The reputation question. “What will the neighbors think and do?”
d. The practical question. “How shall this be?” (1:34). “The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee” (1:35).
4. Submission to God’s will always involves some risk.
5. What was Joseph’s problem?
a. When did Joseph find out about Mary’s condition? Before or after her trip to Elizabeth?
b. Who was the first to find out that Mary was pregnant? “Before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost” (Matt. 1:18). Unknown.
c. Joseph knew he was not responsible. “Joseph being a just man” (Matt. 1:19).
d. Why did Joseph consider a private solution? “Was minded to put her away privately” (Matt. 1:19).
(1) He doubted the source of Mary’s pregnancy.
(2) He felt unworthy to raise the Messiah.
(3) He thought Mary would raise the Messiah in the Temple.
(4) He had not talked to Mary.
e. What qualities did Joseph have?
f. What is the greatest act of trust between a man and a woman? “He took unto him his wife, and knew her not till she had brought forth her first born son, and he called his name Jesus” (Matt. 1:24-25).
B. SUPERNATURAL CONCEPTION – HUMAN DELIVERY
1. Eternal. “The Lord (Father) said unto Me (Son), Thou art My Son. This day (eternal day) have I begotten thee” (Ps. 2:7).
2. From heaven. “What is man, that thou art mindful of him? Or the Son of Man, that thou visitest him? Thou hast made him a little lower than the angels; thou crownest him with glory and honor” (Heb. 2:6-7).
3. Prepared body. “When He cometh into the world . . . He said, a body Thou has prepared for Me” (Heb. 10:5).
4. Divine conception. “Behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shall call His name Jesus” (Luke 1:31).
5. Human delivery. “She brought forth her first born son, and wrapped Him in swaddling clothes, and laid Him in a manger” (Luke 2:7).
C. WHAT CAN WE LEARN FROM MARY?
1. A godly woman knows how to worship God in all situations. “Mary said, ‘My soul doth magnify the Lord’” (1:46).
2. A godly woman rejoices in her salvation. “My (Mary’s) spirit hath rejoiced in God my Savior” (1:47).
3. A godly woman is not vain and proud, but has a humble spirit. “He (the Lord) hath regarded the low estate of His handmaiden” (1:48).