An angel appeared to Mary, a virgin, and announced that she would be the mother of Jesus. After some clarifying banter, Mary declared, “Behold, the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word.” (Luke 1:38) She recognized her role as a servant in God’s plan to send Jesus into the world. However, everything hinged on her believing God’s Word spoken by the angel.
Imagine this, the fate of humanity rested on the aligning by faith of a single virgin…Selah!
Mary was an excellent choice, because she confidently confessed faith in His Word. She is a wonderful example for all believers on how to hear, believe, and act on God’s Word.
God’s plan was in the hands of a virgin betrothed to Joseph. Would this simple Jewish teenager believe God’s Word? Mary listened carefully to Gabriel, the Messenger of God tell her what was about to happen. She did not doubt God’s Word like Zechariah. (Luke 1:11-25), his demand for a sign was answered by Gabriel temporarily removing his ability to speak until after John the Baptist was born. As long as he was silent, his unbelief could not undermine the promised child. Spoken faith or spoken unbelief changes what we see…Selah!
It’s a powerful reminder of the importance of choosing your words wisely. (Numbers 14:26-28, Matthew 12:31-37, Mark 11:21-23, James 3:1-10)
…be it unto me according to your word, simply means acknowledging the person of God, accepting His ability to change unimaginable situations.
Gabriel told Mary; “The Holy Spirit shall come upon you, and the power of the Most High shall overshadow you. The Holy Offspring which shall be born will be called the Son of God.” (Luke 1:35)
The conception of Jesus was an act of the Holy Spirit, in cooperation with Mary’s faith in the Word spoken by Gabriel. The Word became flesh and tabernacled with us. (John 1). There was no sexual union between God and Mary.
Mary believed God’s Word, allowing the Seed to become Jesus, the Son of Man. Mary was the door, or legal entry into the Earth.
For with God nothing is ever impossible and no word from God shall be without power or impossible of fulfillment (Luke 1:37)
God Is Love. (1 John 4:7-13) His Word Is Truth. (Psalm 33:4-11, Proverbs 30:5-6, John 17:17-19). Armed with the knowledge of God’s nature, and His faithfulness, you can trust God’s Word even in the face of contradictory information. There was no physical evidence that Mary would conceive. All she had to cling to was God’s Word. Think about that for a moment. God’s Word is incorruptible Seed. It will always produce. Plant it in your heart, protect it, cast down imaginations and thinking that contradicts His Word. (2 Corinthians 10:3-6).
As you read God’s Word, take what applies to you as a believer personally. Then, like Mary, you can say, “Be it unto me according to thy word.” (Luke 1:38)
For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven (Psalms 119:89), Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path (Psalm 119:105), The entrance of thy word gives light; it gives understanding unto the simple (Psalms 119:130), Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endures for ever (Psalms 119:160)
Heavenly Father, Be It Unto Me According To Your Word.