“Jacob the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, Who is called the Christ.” Matthew 1:16 Amplified
In our study on the women of the Bible we finally arrive in the new testament, and the first woman we meet is Mary, Christ’s mother. She’s mentioned in Matthew and Luke, but not Mark or John. The book of Mark talks about her much more than in Matthew. In Mark we get a glimpse of her interaction with the angel of the Lord and her reaction as well. Interestingly the book of Mark tells the story of Mary’s cousin Elizabeth having a child before we every hear about Mary.
Six months after the angel visits Elizabeth to tell them she is pregnant he goes to visit Mary. Needless to say Mary was troubled and disturbed by the appearance of the angel, but once he explained it to her she said, “Behold, I am the handmaiden of the Lord; let it be done to me according to what you have said.” After the angel left she went to see her cousin Elizabeth. This visit likely encouraged Mary even more in her faith since when she called out to Elizabeth the baby she was carrying jumped in her womb. That is when Elizabeth told Mary, “Blessed, favored of God, above all other women are you! And blessed, favored of God, is the Fruit of your womb!”
This speaks two things to me, the humility of Mary and the need for believers to encourage each other. The Lord loves a humble heart and both of these women fit that description. For the christian woman it’s very important to bring into your inner circle women who will encourage and strengthen you. We get enough discouragement from the world – the news, daily troubles, sickness – we don’t need to bring that into our inner circle close to our heart. Make sure you have a group of women around you who love the Lord and give you encouragement.