#218 (12/18/18)

Source of material:  Rev. B.R. Hicks

Please read Luke 1:26-39.  Please note in verse 39, after her encounter with the angel, she decides to travel 90 miles across the Judean Hills and desert to visit her cousin Elizabeth.  She sought the correct type of fellowship.  Mary and Elizabeth each had miraculous conceptions. Mary wanted to be near someone who understood her circumstance.  Please read verses 46 and 47.  Take note of the words "doth" (present tense) and "hath" (past tense).  Her soul doth magnify (present tense) and her spirit hath (past tense) rejoiced.  Her soul is now magnifying and her spirit has been rejoicing.  Her spirit has been rejoicing over the promise of the immaculate conception of the Messiah throughout her journey as a seed in the loins of her forefathers.  From Adam to the present she has been joying and rejoicing, embracing the promise of the Christ child.  She has been praising God and standing solid in her spirit at the promise.  Her soul is magnifying the LORD, now, because the promise has been joined to the performance.  When Mary stood over the cave of Machpelah and saluted her cousin she became miraculously impregnated by the Holy Ghost.  Promise met Performance.  Look at verse 42 and 43.  Up to this point no mention has been made about the "fruit" of her womb (verse 42) or Mary being a mother (verse 43).  Now Mary's soul could magnify the LORD over the performance as her spirit had been rejoicing over the promise.  When Mary and Elizabeth greeted each other a miraculous conception took place.  Now Mary had a miraculous conception as well as her cousin.  Praise leads to the performance of the promise.  The spirit rejoices over the promise so the soul will recognize the performance.  God gets all the glory in the soul and the spirit when the soul recognizes the performance of the spiritual promise.  

Mary's seed spirit had been defending and warring for the promise thoughout her lineage from Adam to her present situation. She took on an adversarial spirit to war for the promise.  Many times she had to be violent in the loins of her fathers to ensure the promise was properly defended.  She took a stand for the promise of the Messiah that she had been appointed to carry from keh-dem eternity.  An angel just wasn't dispatched by the LORD to go find a suitable candidate in Israel.  No angel scoured the earth to find a young virgin that was eligible to birth the Messiah.  When Mary burst on to the world stage it was time for the Messiah to be born.  She had travelled through many loins and when she was born it was God's ordained time for the Messiah to come to earth.  It was not a haphazard selection; she had been chosen in eternity to carry the Messiah and she violently defended that promise throughout her journey.  

Please read Genesis 3:14-16. A large portion of the modern church swings to one side and worships Mary as diety.  Another portion swings to the other side and puts Mary down for being just a human sinner like everyone else.  Actually, she holds a very unique and praiseworthy place in the human race.  Mary is mentioned in these verses.  Speaking to the serpent, the LORD refers to a woman in verse 15 --- this is Mary.  Mary had to fight and war against the serpent to make sure the promise met performance.  The first battle was when Abel was slain by his brother.  When Abel died, she and the Messiah died with him.  Abel carried all the seeds of humanity, including Mary and Jesus.  God had to resurrect all the seeds and transfer them over to Seth.  This is why Jesus could say, "I will rise AGAIN".  He had been resurrected once before and put in Seth.  Think of Judah and Tamar, Ruth and Boaz, David.  The serpent's mission was to cut off the lineage of the Messiah through any dastardly deed he could think of.  It was Mary who violently warred against the serpent so the promise of the Messiah could meet performance at the meeting of her cousin in Judea.  AWESOME!!!