Summary: Second of two comparing and contrasting Zacharias and Mary and their responses to the angelic announcement.
The Priest and the Peasant Girl II
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.
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.