Luke 1:26-38 26 In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, 27 to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin’s name was Mary. 28 And he came to her and said, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!” 29 But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be. 30 And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.”
34 And Mary said to the angel, “How will this be, since I am a virgin?”
35 And the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy—the Son of God. 36 And behold, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son, and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren. 37 For nothing will be impossible with God.” 38 And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.
The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.
1. Study through Luke 1:26-38 together. What stands out to you and why?
2. How do you think Mary felt when Gabriel promised that she, though a virgin, would conceive and give birth to the God-man?
3. What are some promises in the Bible that seem almost too fantastic to be true? How should Mary’s story and the promise of verse 37 encourage you personally to trust God’s promises?
4. How does Mary first respond to Gabriel’s message (verse 34)? What can we learn concerning humble questions asked of God? How does Mary respond at the end of the passage (verse 38)? What can we learn about how we should respond to God’s Word?
5. Why was Mary favored by God? How can Ephesians 1:3-6 help us understand why God chooses people for seemingly no reason at all? *Look especially at the beginning of verse 6
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