"For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God, and the LORD hath chosen thee to be a peculiar people unto himself, above all the nations that are upon the earth." ~ Deuteronomy14:2

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Pleasamt Stone Devotional Meditation: December 20

"... and the virgin's name was Mary" ~ Luke 1:27b

Here in this "opalescent pleasant stone" fragment is more loveliness tha words should disturb.  It is a singular verce. Choice. Chosen of God.

Setting apart one, simple, devoted woman to the Lord Himself first. Mary was lovely in her purity of life and her devotion to Jehovah. No one could thik that God had made a hasty choice. He must have looked long and carefully at the women of the earth before He selected one through whom He coud send His only begotten Son, Jesus. She couldn't be a proud lady, however beautiful and gifted. His Son was coming to earth to save all the people who would come unto Him by faith. Mary had to be just one of the people down here, butone who "found favour with God" because of her life and because of His own secret requirements known only to Himself.

How it must grieve God's heart that so much bitterness and accusation swirl around our concept of this woman whos "name was Mary." To me [Eugenia Price, the author] it is inconceivable that she was not a virgin. She had to be. As someone has said, Jesus could not have been born in the same manner in which you and I were born. He was God.

But Mary was no goddess. She was a simple, lovely, obedient young woman and God chose her to be quite the human mother of Jesus. She had not known a man when Jesus was born. But she went right on to be a good wife to Joseph and a good mother to Jesus and her other children after God's will had been fulfilled in her life. But Jesus was born of a virgin. How else could it be expressed?

"For with God nothing shall be impossible."

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