Summary of passage: God sent Gabriel to Nazareth in Galilee to Mary, a virgin engaged to Joseph, a son of David. He tells her she is highly favored by God and that she will give birth to God’s son whom you will call Jesus. He will be given the throne of David; he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end.
Mary wonders how she will have a baby and Gabriel says through the Holy Spirit. Even her relative Elizabeth will have a baby in her old age because nothing is impossible with God. Mary says she is the Lord’s servant.
7a) 1) He will be great
2) He will be called the Son of the most High
3) The Lord will give him the throne of his father David
4) He will reign over the house of Jacob forever
5) His kingdom will never end
b) Personal Question. My answer: Holy Spirit. Genesis 1:2 speaks about how the Spirit of God was there in the world from the beginning. Job says how the Spirit of God has made him and given him life. John says how the Spirit gives birth to the Spirit. I connect this as the Spirit is responsible for all living things and since the Spirit lives within us all (the Holy Spirit in believers), the Spirit was responsible for Jesus’ birth.
c) Personal Question. My answer: God is in control of my life and He rules over all. I need not worry for it is all in His hands no matter what happens in my little life.
8a) She unequivocally accepted God’s will in her life despite the hardships she knew she’d face being pregnant before marriage. She didn’t question. She humbly submitted to God’s will in her life.
b) Personal Question. My answer: We are being forced to move because our landlord sold our rental. We didn’t want to move at all and have no idea where we will end up, but I am trying to accept it as God’s will and that He has something better in store for us. I am also trying to accept His will in my life in terms of a job.
Conclusions: I see this as a trend probably this year that we will be continually comparing Matthew with the other gospels when the passages are parallel in order to glean more insight into Jesus’ life. Normally, I protest this but I think this will deepen the study and is a great way to study the passages of Matthew.
I also see a lot of personal questions right off the bat. I’m assuming this will continue as well.
Fun Facts: This is the first mention of Nazareth in the Old or New Testaments (it was unmentioned in the Old Testament).
Mary is the Greek name for Miriam (Moses’ sister), which means “exalted one.”
Many cultures (in fact, most) have myths that have gods having children with humans. But only in Christianity is there a virgin birth.