The wife of Zacharias, the priest, is in her sixth month of pregnancy. When Mary, the mother of Jesus, comes to see her and after their initial greetings, Elizabeth speaks to Mary. She tells her she is blessed because she “believed that there would be a fulfillment of what had been spoken to her by the Lord” (Luke 1:45). What a compliment to Mary! However, the emphasis of this article is upon the source of the information.
Reflecting upon how Mary was given the information concerning her becoming pregnant with the Son of God, we see it was the angel Gabriel who spoke to her (Luke 1:26). Luke records that Gabriel had been “sent from God … to a virgin.” This angel tells Mary she has “found favor with God” (1:30) and has been selected by God to be the mother of His child. She is also told of the character of Jesus, some of the things which He would accomplish and even told about her relative Elizabeth who had become pregnant “in her old age” (1:36).
Elizabeth only knew about Mary being pregnant and the Lord speaking to Mary because the Holy Spirit told her. However, Elizabeth does not mention the angel Gabriel speaking to Mary, but rather says the information Mary received was spoken “from the Lord” (1:45).
While Gabriel speaking to Mary is not the only time he spoke to someone, it should be brought out that the source of his information was from the Lord. This simple statement tells us the message was from the Lord but Gabriel was the messenger. God wanted to communicate this message to Mary and He used the angel as the means by which to accomplish His goal.
Not to equate Jesus with an angel from the Lord, because the writings contained in the book of Hebrews tells us otherwise, but Jesus was also the means by which God used to communicate His message to mankind. On several occasions Jesus mentions that He is not speaking on His own initiative but rather He is speaking the things given to Him by His Father and our God. The Hebrew writer said, “in these last days [God] has spoken to us in His Son” (Hebrews 1:2).
The application for our lives is that we need to be paying attention to the things spoken from the Lord, which the Bible contains. If what was spoken by angels “proved unalterable,” how much more should we consider the things spoken by the Lord Jesus? Regardless of the messenger or the method, the word spoken from the Lord, is truly the best source for directing us as we are living God’s way.
Carlton G. McPeak is an evangelist working in the Florida Gateway region. All Scriptural quotations are from the New American Standard Bible, Holman Bible Publishers, unless otherwise stated. He may be contacted at email@example.com.