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Mary the Mother of Jesus - Day 1

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The Blessedness of Believing
Rahab - Week 1
  • Day 1 (Monday)
  • Day 2 (Tuesday)
  • Day 3 (Wednesday)
  • Day 4 (Thursday)
  • Day 5 (Friday)

  • Ruth - Week 2
  • Day 1 (Monday)
  • Day 2 (Tuesday)
  • Day 3 (Wednesday)
  • Day 4 (Thursday)
  • Day 5 (Friday)

  • Widow of Zarephath; Widow with Oil; Shunammite Woman - Week 3
  • Day 1 (Monday)
  • Day 2 (Tuesday)
  • Day 3 (Wednesday)
  • Day 4 (Thursday)
  • Day 5 (Friday)

  • Mary the Mother of Jesus - Week 4
  • Day 1 (Monday)
  • Day 2 (Tuesday)
  • Day 3 (Wednesday)
  • Day 4 (Thursday)
  • Day 5 (Friday)

  • Anna; Syrophoenician Woman; Mary and Martha - Week 5
  • Day 1 (Monday)
  • Day 2 (Tuesday)
  • Day 3 (Wednesday)
  • Day 4 (Thursday)
  • Day 5 (Friday)

  • Mary Magdalene; Samaritan Woman - Week 6
  • Day 1 (Monday)
  • Day 2 (Tuesday)
  • Day 3 (Wednesday)
  • Day 4 (Thursday)
  • Day 5 (Friday)

  • Tabitha (Dorcas); Lois and Eunice - Week 7
  • Day 1 (Monday)
  • Day 2 (Tuesday)
  • Day 3 (Wednesday)
  • Day 4 (Thursday)

  • Widow of Zarephath - Week 7
  • Day 5 (Friday)
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    WOMEN OF FAITH

    BLESSEDNESS OF BELIEVING


    WEEK 4

    Mary the Mother of Jesus


    INTRODUCTION

    Let's begin this study with prayer.
    Dear Lord, help us to experience newness of life in your Word this day as we study the life of Mary, a servant used by you to bring to us the Savior, Jesus, our great and wonderful Redeemer and King. Amen.


    This study is arranged in chronological order. Through it we will see God's golden tapestry of Scripture in utilizing many authors to so wonderfully compose the old story of a young girl named Mary. She was given the blessing of bringing forth the Messiah, Jesus. Mary must have known the Scripture that stated from the line of David a Messiah would come. Whether she knew Isaiah 7:14, which said a virgin would give birth to a son and His name would be Emmanuel, is not known. However, we do know that her future husband was told of this prophecy, and that they indeed did raise Emmanuel, God with us, as their son.


    DAY ONE

    Of all the studies we've completed, this one about Mary might be viewed as the most miraculous and meaningful of all. We will study this woman from the prophetic Old Testament passages to the time when Jesus gave the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. Mary was a simple peasant girl, chosen by God, to bring forth a child by the Holy Spirit. She nurtured Jesus in the womb, gave Him birth, cared for Him, traveled long distances with Him, protected Him, and taught Him the Jewish traditions and religious laws. She and her husband saw the power of God in the development of this young man. Through it all, Mary "treasured all these things in her heart." (Luke 2:51) What a marvelous lesson we'll learn as we see God's plan unfold in this story, so old and yet so new to each of us. I pray that you will not take this lesson lightly simply because you know the story, but that you will ask the Holy Spirit to teach you.

    (I suggest using several different Bible translations in doing this study)

    1. Read Matthew 1:1-16 and Luke 3:23-38. As you read these two genealogies, write what is similar and what is different in the two accounts.

    2. Was Mary listed in either account?

      When reading these genealogies, we observe several interesting differences. Matthew records the ancestors beginning with Abraham and ending with Christ. Luke begins with Jesus and moves backward to Adam. They both are the same from Abraham to David. This is the significant part where prophecy was fulfilled. Some scholars speculate that the differences are in how the authors chose to investigate the lines. In Matthew, some say that the line followed the families of the heirs to the throne, while Luke probably followed Mary's family line. What's important is that they each led back to Abraham and ultimately to Adam. This shows the fulfillment of Genesis 3:15, when God said that a Messiah would come and destroy Satan, and those who believed in the Messiah would be saved for eternity.

    3. Read Luke 1:1-25. Explain briefly what happened to Mary's cousins. (This account occurred six months before Mary was visited by the angel.)

    4. Read Luke 1:26-38. Describe Mary from this passage. What do you learn about her attitude and her faith from verses 34 and 38?

    5. How did the angel's words in verses 35-37 bring encouragement and excitement to Mary? Where have you heard "for nothing will be impossible with God" before? (Gen. 18:14; Matt. 17:20, 19:26)

    6. Read Luke 1:39-56. Where did Mary hurry to? Why?

    7. What happened when Mary saw Elizabeth? How did Elizabeth confirm what the angel told Mary?

    8. How did Elizabeth's words in verse 45 confirm Mary's heart toward God?

    9. Read Luke 1:46-55, and write out the words Mary used to give praise to God. Circle all the times she referred to the Lord, including "He" and "His."

    10. Which verse confirms that Mary needed a savior?


    LESSONS AND APPLICATIONS

    For this week, take some time to look over the questions each day, and ask the Holy Spirit to give to you one or two lessons and applications from these questions. Be sure to use action words to apply what you have learned to your life.

    LESSONS:


    APPLICATIONS:


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