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Summary: Second of two comparing and contrasting Zacharias and Mary and their responses to the angelic announcement.

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The Priest and the Peasant Girl II

9/26/99

Luke 1:26-38

Review Zacharias

General tenor of Gabriel’s announcement.

5 character traits demonstrated by Mary

I. Humility vs. 28,29

Z. troubled at sight of G., Mary troubled at salutation.

James 4:6 "…God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble."

James 4:10 "Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord and he shall lift you up."

I Pet. 5:6 "Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God that he

may exalt you in due time."

Mt. 23:12 "And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall

humble himself shall be exalted."

II. Moral Purity, Innocence vs. 30-34

Her question is not a question of doubt as was Zacharias’.

I Thess. 4:3,4

Mary was pure. God used her. Simple as that.

III. Submission vs. 38

"Behold the handmaid of the Lord…"

Closely tied to humility. Js. 4:7

ILLUS: Christ in the garden

IV. Faith vs. 38

"…According to thy word"

As opposed to Z.

Heb. 11:6

John 2:5

V. Courage vs. 38

"Be it unto me"

Could lose Joseph - Be it …

Social stigma - Be it…

Could lose life - Be it…

II Tim. 1:7

Mary is neither the mother of God, nor the wife of God. Mary is not to be worshipped. She is not sinless,

nor did she dwell in a state of perpetual virginity. She is not full of grace. She in not our Mediatrix,

neither ought we to pray to her.

Mary is a sinner saved by grace. She is to be revered, she is to be honored and

respected. She is an example to be emulated.

Lk. 1:46-55


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