Zecheriah and Mary’s reactions

January 3rd, 2010

In Luke 1:1-80 we read about the news of the coming Messiah and of the one who would announce his arrival – John.

We see that an Angel appears to Zecheriah in the Temple to tell him about the birth of John and how he would be great in the sight of God. Then a number of months later we see an Angel appears to Mary to tell her she would carry the Messiah.

The thing that really jumped out at me in these passages is the reactions of Zecheriah and Mary.

In verse 18 Zechariah asked the angel, “How can I be sure of this? I am an old man and my wife is well along in years.” He questioned what was said, even though there was an Angel standing in front of him! His question seemed to have doubt attached to it. He wondered if it could really happen because it didn’t normally happen to people of their age.

Contrast this with Mary’s question in verse 34. “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?” Mary’s question was more about the logistics of how it would happen. Not if it would happen. After the Angel explains it she says, “I am the Lord’s servant…May it be to me as you have said.”

As the story unfolds we see that both things happened just as the Angel had told them they would. As the Angel told Mary in verse 37, “Nothing is impossible to God”.

For us as Christians today we can have similar responses to the things God speaks to us about doing. We can question and wonder if things will happen because we are looking to the natural like Zecheriah. Or we can question in faith asking how this will happen like Mary.

Let’s all purpose in our hearts today to respond in faith to the things God says He is going to do in our lives to be blessing to those around us.

God Bless,