MARY Beyond a Broken Heart
25 At that time there was a man named Simeon living in Jerusalem. He was a good, God-fearing man and was waiting for Israel to be saved. The Holy Spirit was with him 26 and had assured him that he would not die before he had seen the Lord's promised Messiah. 27 Led by the Spirit, Simeon went into the Temple. When the parents brought the child Jesus into the Temple to do for him what the Law required, 28 Simeon took the child in his arms and gave thanks to God:
29 "Now, Lord, you have kept your promise,
and you may let your servant go in peace.
30 With my own eyes I have seen your salvation,
31 which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples:
32 A light to reveal your will to the Gentiles
and bring glory to your people Israel."
33 The child's father and mother were amazed at the things Simeon said about him. 34 Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother, "This child is chosen by God for the destruction and the salvation of many in Israel. He will be a sign from God which many people will speak against 35 and so reveal their secret thoughts. And sorrow, like a sharp sword, will break your own heart." TEV
I. The Annunciation.
A. In the summer of the year known as 5 BC Mary, a virgin betrothed to Joseph, was living at Nazareth. At this time the angel Gabriel came to her with a message from God and announced that she was to be the mother of the long-expected Messiah-that by the power of the Holy Spirit the everlasting Son of the Father should be born of her (Luke 1:26-38; cf. Rom 1:3).
II. Visit to Elizabeth.
A. Informed by the angel that her cousin Elizabeth was within three months of delivering a child, Mary set off to visit her, either at Hebron or Juttah.
B. Immediately upon her entrance into the house "Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the baby leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. And she cried out with a loud voice, and said, 'Blessed among women are you, and blessed is the fruit of your womb!'"
C. Mary stayed with her cousin about three months, then returned to her own house (1:36-56).
1. The Song of Mary
2. And Mary said: "My soul magnifies the Lord, 47 And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior. 48 For He has regarded the lowly state of His maidservant; For behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed. 49 For He who is mighty has done great things for me, And holy is His name. 50 And His mercy is on those who fear Him From generation to generation. 51 He has shown strength with His arm ;He has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts. 52 He has put down the mighty from their thrones, And exalted the lowly. 53 He has filled the hungry with good things, And the rich He has sent away empty. 54 He has helped His servant Israel, In remembrance of His mercy, 55 As He spoke to our fathers, To Abraham and to his seed forever." Luke 1:46-55 NKJV
III. Married to Joseph.
A. In a few months Joseph found that Mary was with child, and he determined to "put her away secretly" (see Deut 24:1) instead of yielding her up to the law to suffer the penalty he supposed she had incurred (22:23-24).
B. But being assured of the truth by an angel, he took her as his wife (Matt 1:18-25).
IV. Mother of Jesus.
A. Soon after Joseph and Mary went to Bethlehem to be enrolled for the taxing, and while there Jesus was born and laid in a manger (Luke 2:1-7).
B. On the eighth day Jesus was circumcised.
C. On the fortieth day after the nativity-until which time Mary could not leave the house (Lev 12:2-4)-she presented herself with her baby for their purification in the Temple.
1. The poverty of Joseph and Mary is alluded to in the mention of their offering, "a pair of turtle-doves, or two young pigeons."
2. There she met Simeon and the prophetess Anna and heard their thanksgiving and prophecy (Luke 2:21-38).
D. Returning to Bethlehem, Mary and Joseph were warned of the purpose of Herod and fled to Egypt.
E. Returning the next year, they went to Nazareth (Matt 2:12-23).
F. At the age of twelve Jesus accompanied His family to Jerusalem, and Mary was temporarily separated from Him (Luke 2:42-50), A.D. 8. Jesus continued to increase "in wisdom and stature," and Mary "treasured all these things in her heart."
G. Mary is mentioned only four more times after our Lord's ministry commenced.
1. These four occasions are: the marriage at Cana, where Jesus solemnly withdraws Himself from her authority (John 2:1-4);
2. at Capernaum, where at a public gathering Mary desires to speak to Jesus, and He seems to refuse to admit any authority on the part of His relatives, or any privilege on account of their relationship (John 2:12; Matt 12:46-50);
3. at the crucifixion, where Christ, with almost His last words, commends His mother to the care of the disciple whom He loved, and from that hour John assures us that he took her into his home (John 19:25-27);
4. after the ascension, engaged in prayer in the upper room in Jerusalem, with other faithful followers of the Lord (Acts 1:14).
(from The New Unger's Bible Dictionary. Originally published by Moody Press of Chicago, Illinois. Copyright (c) 1988.)