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Mary – the Biblical . – Part IV

The Master’s encounters with his mother included his siblings.  Which, by the way, were half-brothers and sisters, not half-cousins.  Matthew 1:25 clearly teaches Mary’s virginity TILL she gave birth to Jesus.  Then…UNTIL…means she stopped being a virgin and began being a married woman with sexual rights practiced.  Nothing but church politics says differently.

By the time Jesus had been preaching two years, with his fame exploding all over Israel, two groups had reached opposite opinions of him.  The Pharisees said he had made himself a stooge of Satan.  His family said his devotion to God had turned him insane.

Moved by their conviction they arrived to remove Jesus from public life.  They found him so thronged with listeners they couldn’t access him.  They sent a verbal message by people-telegraph:  mom and siblings want you go to with them.  He sent a verbal message by the same telegraph:  his only family were those who heard and obeyed God’s word.  That hit them like a combined uppercut to their jaw, a punch to their gut and a knock-out punch to their nose.  A flattened, imploded physical family slouched away.

Jesus expanded on that revolutionary teaching as he spied Mary and John standing by his cross.  John 19:25-27 records it.  The difference between his kindly response to Mary here and his in-your-face-negative to Mary in Mark 3 is one of her mental and emotional condition:  at the cross a devastated mourner; in Mark 3 an arrogant intruder.  However, an additional perspective also existed.  While Mark 3 removed Jesus from filial and sibling relationships, John 19 exalted him as Ruler and Universal Lord of all humanity.

In Acts 1:12-14 the 120 gathered in the Upper Room.  With his now-believing brothers, Mary appeared as one of them.  This is the last mention of Mary in the New Testament.  Before the church began.  Before the apostles served.  Before the New Testament books were written.  Since no further mention was made of her, her contribution to Christianity began and ended by conceiving, carrying and giving birth to Jesus.  Jesus repeatedly added success on success, victory on victory.  Mary added nothing.     – Fini –

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Mary – the Biblical . – Part III

That the Wise Men bowed before and worshipped the child Jesus, then presented him their gifts, proves that, even as a child, he alone served as God’s servant.  That wouldn’t surprise us:  angels heralded his birth, not his mother’s pregnancy.

Every event in the Lord’s ministry continued to stress Mary’s humanity, necessarily limited by confronting the mystery Jesus embodied Luke 2:25-35.  Simeon’s panegyric exalted the 40 day old boy, not his father or mother.  They instead “marveled at what was said about him”.   Luke 2:41-52 records the encounter the 12 year old with national teachers and his parents.  He astonished the rabbis and perplexed the parents, who “did not understand what he was saying to them.”

God clothed the next 18 years of his Son in majestic silence.  Then, at age 30 he became a public personality who soon filled Israel and surrounding nations with his Presence.  John 2:1-11 records the next “Man and mother” encounter.  The point of difference was timing.  Mary saw the paucity of wine as the perfect occasion for Jesus to declare himself to Israel.  Her comment certainly didn’t constitute mere conversation, “whaddya you know, the wine supply failed.”  Her willingness to involve Jesus drew his kind but firm rebuke.  He would do nothing at her behest.  He subjected his will only to God’s direction.

That she immediately ordered the servants to “Do whatever he tells you” is nothing but a Jewish mother’s continued interest (A.K.A. interference) in a child’s life—even a grown man’s life.  The Master may have shaken his head when hearing it.  He didn’t care what she wanted or what she said.  She could order the servants but had no influence over Jesus.  Up to, and including this blog, then, the score Jesus 5, Mary 0.  While Jesus continues to make point after point, Mary never scores.     – End Part III –

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Mary – the Biblical . – Part II

When we say, “Jesus is our Savior,” it’s because we know we’re sinners.  Why then, when Mary called God her “Savior”, would we think it was because she was sinless?  Think rationally.

Other evidences that the Biblical Mary is altogether different from the Church Mary.  Matthew 2:9-11 gives the account of Wise Men led by the Star to the “house” where Joseph and Mary lived in Bethlehem—the house in Bethlehem.  Up to two years after Christ’s birth Joseph kept his family in Bethlehem—the likeliest of all possibilities.  He had been identified as David’s heir Luke 1:32.  Where but the village of David’s birth would his heir live?

Take another step.  When they found the house, and entered, they saw both mother and child—the latter up to 2 years old.  Then…let there be no doubt, seeing both, they bowed before and worshiped ONLY the child!  Then, when they offered their gifts, they presented them only to him.

Writing perhaps by the 50’s, when any possible elevation of Mary would be at least nascent, Matthew noticed specifically and pointedly that the Wise Men worshiped only Jesus and presented their gifts only to Jesus.  Only he, do we understand?  Only he, and not his mother in addition, or as an equal.  Let me repeat.  When Matthew had the opportunity to exalt Mary, or include her in the child’s honors, he DIDN’T—because she had neither exaltation nor a share in the Master’s glory.     – End Part II –

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Mary – the Biblical . – Part I

Sam Johnson, LBJ’s father, served as a Texas legislator for the people of Blanco County.  He made sure they received much-needed government assistance.  He built a road in the County.  He protected them from oil wildcatters.  Still, even as he served he built a reservoir of resentment in constituents.

They forgot his help when he fell on hard economic times in the 1920’s.  They suddenly discovered his life had been a bluff.  They had always known he didn’t hold their values, which they overlooked because he seemed so strong, wise and financially potent.  And, they noticed, as he fell before financial reverses, he became more defiant of them, carrying his pride more publicly.  Caro, The Years of Lyndon Johnson, Vol. 1, 85-93

Which means you can be a leader without inspiring people to follow.  You can alienate people by strutting before them when humility would reconcile them.  You can posture an attitude of success when publicly accepting failure would impress them.  When Sam Johnson couldn’t positively respond to failure, people forgot the help he offered in “the good old days.”

Of all the good girls in our gaggle series, Mary, mother of Jesus, stands in a select company of women who served God in critical times.  Not the first among them, she certainly stood among the first.

This blog studies scripture’s delineation of her.  It corrects some of the terrible falsehoods attributed to her by ecclesiastical authorities.  Falsehoods that she would reprobate and never tolerate, not matter how many believe the churchmen.  Word of caution:  Mary will be greater in reputation by being seen as the Bible describes her – End Part I –

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