Mary, What Did You Know?
by Sharon W. Betters
I chuckle every time I think about our son Chuck's recent Facebook Status, "I wonder if Mary ever gets tired of choirs asking her if she knows."
I'm hoping his question hasn't ruined how this song moves me every time I hear it!
But the song begs the question, what did Mary know?
Eye Witness Accounts
The writer of the book of Luke gives us the most insight into Mary. Luke declares in Chapter 1 that he based his account of Jesus' life on eyewitness reports that he carefully investigated, making sure every detail is correct. Mary appears to be one of his eye witnesses because Luke shares such personal information about Mary's encounter with an Angel, her relationship to Elizabeth, details about the birth of Jesus. Twice Luke tells us that Mary pondered these things and treasured them up in her heart. This is such a personal insight into a very private part of Mary, we need to take notice of the words Luke uses to describe her story. Some of it reads like a personal journal, but acts as "salty peanuts" for me. I am not satisfied with just what Luke tells us - I can't wait to sit at the feet of Mary in heaven and ask her for more details. Yet, each Mary vignette is a chest full of treasures, waiting for discovery.
Mary and the Angel
Luke introduces us to Mary in Chapter 1:26 where we learn she is a virgin, promised as a bride to a man named Joseph. We can deduce from the culture at that time that Mary was most likely a young teenage girl. Engagement was as legally binding as marriage. But wow! Imagine seeing an angel. Imagine hearing an angel. Imagine hearing an angel speak your name and declare,
Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you!
Would you be afraid? Terror would grip my heart! Mary was greatly troubled - I think terrified might be a good word, too. We know she was afraid because the angel then declares,
In His grip,
Sharon W. Betters
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