"Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man? And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God."
In our passage today, Gabriel has been telling Mary that she is going to bear a special child.
“Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?”
Mary’s question to the messenger makes sense. To her thinking, if she has not ever had sexual relations with a man, and she is betrothed, but not yet living with or having relations with her husband, how is it possible for her to have a child? To Mary, Gabriel’s promise of her bearing a child is coming way too early – before she’s had any contact with a man. Her question is one of faith! How can this be?
Her question is just the opposite of Zacharias’s doubtful question to the angel, “Whereby shall I know this? for I am an old man, and my wife well stricken in years,” (Luke 1:18). In other words, he thought the angel was promising a baby to them way too late! So Zacharias demanded proof! His question is understandable but faithless. He was a priest, a man of God, and yet he showed no faith. He was made unable to speak for the next nine months.
“And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee,”
This event will be God’s unique work, done by the Holy Spirit. He will work quickly and unobserved, as is His way.
“The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit,” (John 3:8).
From what we see in the Scripture Mary giving birth the Jesus is only possible by God’s work in her. Mary is a lady of patient faith. Come back tomorrow and see the importance of this Bible teaching.