(Luke 1:36-40) The Angel Gabriel, Confirmed The Reliability Of God’s Word

[Luke 1:36, BSB] “36 Look, even Elizabeth your relative has conceived a son in her old age, and she who was called barren is in her sixth month.”

  • Being barren for a woman was considered a disgrace. A barren woman couldn’t fulfill God’s command to fill the earth, and children provided for their parents when they got old.

[Luke 1:37, BSB] “37 For no word from God will ever fail.”

  • Gabriel, who stands in God’s presence [verse 19], confessed that the Word of God and its promises never fail. The angel is reassuring Mary to trust in the Word of God.

Those who put their faith in Jesus Christ, as the Scripture says, will receive eternal life, and after death will be with Jesus for all eternity. A person can be confident of this truth because God’s Word is trustworthy and reliable.

[Luke 1:38, BSB] “38 “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May it happen to me according to your word.” Then the angel left her.”

  • This passage shows what type of faith Mary had. Mary’s faith compared to Zechariah’s tells you that having a high position or a ministry, like Zechariah, does not make one’s faith stronger. It comes down to one’s conviction to trust in God no matter what and live according to His Word. That makes faith grow. Mary was a stay at home. Zechariah was a priest, and Mary had a stronger faith, plus she was much younger.

[Luke 1:39, BSB] “39 In those days Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judah,”

  • After the encountered with God’s angel, Mary quickly went to visit Elizabeth to witness God’s miracle.

[Luke 1:40, BSB] “40 where she entered the home of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth.”

  • God brought together both women who He was going to use in a mighty way. They shared their testimony, with each other, about God’s grace on them.

When God is working in your life, it is good to share it with a close friend in the faith. It will encourage them.

All Scriptures are taken from the Berean Study Bible version (BSB). Permission has been acquired.

(Luke 1:26-30) Mary, A Righteous Woman Favored By God

[Luke 1:26] “26 In the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth,”

  • Gabriel was sent to Mary In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy with John.
  • Gabriel and Michael are the only two angels that are named in the Scriptures.
  • Nazareth was north of Samaria, but Jesus was born in Judea from the tribe of King David to the south.

[Luke 1:27] “27 to a virgin engaged to a man named Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary.”

Mary was a godly woman who walked righteously in God’s sight.

  • At the time, God’s angel was dispatched to reveal God’s plan of redemption for mankind through her, by way of the impossibility [virgin birth]. Mary was starting her life, but it was about to get interrupted.

[Luke 1:28] “28 And the angel came to her and said, “Rejoice, favored woman! The Lord is with you.”

  • Before the angel told Mary God’s plan for her life, he told her what she meant to the Lord.
  • The word Rejoice means to bring an extremely good greeting.
  • The word favored in the context means to have God’s blessing due to her having a good relationship with the Lord.
  • Basically, the angel is saying to her, rejoice, God is going to bless you because you are pleasing in His sight.

How can one be favored by the Lord? First, believe in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. Second, read the Scriptures and walk in them. His favor will overflow to those who are obedient to His commands.

[Luke 1:29] “29 But she was deeply troubled by this statement, wondering what kind of greeting this could be.”

  • “deeply troubled” In Greek, it refers to being agitated due to her nervousness, not knowing what was going on, or being scared to what the angel was about to tell her.

[Luke 1:30] “30 Then the angel told her: Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.”

  • The angel moved to comfort Mary by telling her not to worry since she had received God’s favor.

With God’s favor [blessing], we should not fear God’s direction for our lives. He has the best for us in mind.

(Luke 1:16-20) Zechariah’s Faithlessness Caused His Muteness

[Luke 1:16] “16 He will turn many of the sons of Israel to the Lord their God.”

John the Baptist was the fulfillment of Isaiah 40:3-4, which says, “3 A voice of one crying out: Prepare the way of the LORD in the wilderness; make a straight highway for our God in the desert. 4 Every valley will be lifted up, and every mountain and hill will be leveled; the uneven ground will become smooth and the rough places, a plain. 5 And the glory of the LORD will appear, and all humanity together will see it, for the mouth of the LORD has spoken.”

John came, in the ministry of Elijah to make the people’s hearts ready for Christ. He was called the Baptist or the baptizer because through that, the people were renewing their commitment to God.

5 Look, I am going to send you Elijah the prophet before the great and awesome Day of the Lord comes. 6 And he will turn the hearts of fathers to their children and the hearts of children to their fathers. Otherwise, I will come and strike the land with a curse.”

-Malachi 4:5-6

Jesus always wants to bless His children, but if we are not right with Him, He cannot. So before Jesus comes with a blessing for us, He makes sure, through the conviction of the Holy Spirit to make us right with Him by obeying His Word.

[Luke 1:17] “17 And he will go before Him in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of fathers to their children, and the disobedient to the understanding of the righteous, to make ready for the Lord a prepared people.”

See verse 16.

Profile: Elijah

Elijah, by the power of God, stopped the rain from falling upon the earth in northern Israel for 3 1/2 years, causing famine. God was punishing His people for worshiping idols and demons. God used Elijah to destroy the prophets of Baal, to bring the people back to the true God. The prophet was sent to provide for a widow in Zarephath and to raise from the dead her son who ended up dying from an illness while he was there.

[Luke 1:18] “18 “How can I know this?” Zechariah asked the angel. “For I am an old man, and my wife is well along in years.”

Zechariah was the opposite of Mary when the angel came to her to reveal God’s will for her life. Mary had a strong faith and believed the angel’s message, while Zechariah’s faith fluctuated. He should have known about Abraham who was in the same situation and God came through for him by giving him a son in his old age.

[Luke 1:19] “19 The angel answered him, “I am Gabriel, who stands in the presence of God, and I was sent to speak to you and tell you this good news.”

The angel revealed his name to Zechariah as Gabriel, which means “man of God.” Gabriel has a high rank in the angelic realm since he stands in the throne of the Living God. This is seen by the missions he is assigned by God to accomplish like announcing the birth of the Messiah, and John, who will pave the way for the LORD’s arrival.

“Good news” It refers to God’s redemptive plan for mankind through Jesus’ sacrificial death, for the sins of the world, and His resurrection.

[Luke 1:20] “20 Now listen! You will become silent and unable to speak until the day these things take place, because you did not believe my words, which will be fulfilled in their proper time.”

Zechariah’s lack of faith caused him to be mute for months, showing that God was displeased with him for not believing in His Word through His angel.

When God speaks to us about something that He will accomplish in our lives and a lack of trust in His Word arises in our hearts, instead of the blessing, a punishment will come. Through the punishment, we will learn that God’s Word and His promises can always be trusted so that we may learn not to be faithless.