Tuesday, March 13th, 2012
Royal Women: The Genealogy Of Jesus (Part 5, Conclusion)
For He has regarded the lowly state of His maidservant; for behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed. For He who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is His Name.
Luke 1:48-49 (NKJV)
Mary, the mother of Jesus, was unquestionably virtuous and brave. She was a faithful and non-complaining risk taker, who left behind all that she knew for the God she loved, the Baby she carried, and the man she married.
By character, it's easy to understand why God may have chosen Mary as the direct queen mother. By social status, not necessarily. If Jesus is the King of kings, why didn't God choose His earthly parents from royalty or even the high priest, who would be expert in Mosaic law?
Wouldn't Jesus have gathered his followers faster as the Son of a high ranking Pharisee? Couldn't He still have died on a cross at the hand of Pilate and fulfilled His mission? These questions are for God, but Jesus says:
'The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor' (Luke 4:18).
Basically, Mary sums up what all five queen mothers mentioned have in common.
1) 'And His mercy is on those who fear Him from generation to generation' (Luke 1:50). Each woman held the Lord in reverential awe with faith, courage, obedience, and resourcefulness.
2) 'And exalted the lowly' (Luke 1:52). Each woman was considered to be among the lowly: a forsaken daughter-in-law who was a Gentile, a harlot from an idol-worshipping nation, a young widow who was a Moabitess, a soldier's wife drawn into an adulterous affair, and a poor girl from the village of Nazareth. 'Can anything good come out of Nazareth?' (John 1:46).
Conclusion #1: If you come from humble circumstances and fear God, you're in royal company. Expect promotion--even in entertainment.
Conclusion #2: Don't look down on unwed mothers, 'fast' stars in Hollywood, or women in scandalous affairs. Don't write off schemers or poor girls from small towns. Don't write off anyone. Only the Lord can erase a name from the Book of Life--not us. And if we try to write off anyone, God may write us off instead.
Conclusion #3: Behind God, become that person who helps bring others into the Royal Family: Judah called Tamar 'righteous' even after her scandalous behavior; God's undercover spies treated Rahab as a heroine; Naomi and Boaz saw Ruth as a virtuous woman of God; Uriah gave both Bathsheba and the king his honor unto death.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Royal Women: The Genealogy Of Jesus series.