Mary Bible Study...
Be It Unto Me According to Your Word

                                                  Virtuous Women in the Bible Lesson 2

And blessed is she that believed: for there shall be a performance of those things which were told her from the Lord. ~ Luke 1:45 

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Your second free Virtuous Women in the Bible Lesson is this Mary Bible Study.

Before we begin, I want you to start off by imagining that you are a young teenage girl.  Engaged to be married, you have kept yourself pure and chaste for your new husband.  

As you eagerly await your wedding day, you have a special visitor.  He tells you that you will soon find yourself pregnant outside of wedlock - something punishable by death in your culture.

How do you respond?  

Well, Mary responded "be it unto me according to thy word" (Luke 1:38).  And, since then, all of the generations of the world have called her blessed.

Find out why she was able to to say yes to God's will in this short Mary Bible study.

Blessed is She Who Believed...

The Bible doesn't give us Mary's exact age when she accepted God's calling to be the mother of the Christ.  But, since she was betrothed to Joseph at the time, she was probably no more than a young teenage girl.  So, why would God have chosen her?

Because of her heart.

Mary Loved the Lord!  She was a devout Jew who, unlike many girls of her age, had been taught the scriptures, and knew about God's provision and promises.

Mary Bible Study The Annunciatian of Christ's BirthWhen the angel Gabriel visited her, He proclaimed,

Hail, O favored one [endued with grace]! The Lord is with you! Blessed (favored of God) are you before all other women!
-Luke 1:28 (AMP).

But, like any young girl, Mary was startled.

She wondered what this visit meant, and why this strange visitor had come to her (Luke 1:29).  

Gabriel told her that she would become pregnant, and that the child she bore would be called the Son of the Most High God.

Now, logically, this did not make any sense to Mary.  She had kept herself pure as God's law had commanded.  How would she, having never experienced intimacy with a husband, become pregnant?  

But, when she inquired, the angel explained, "...with God nothing is ever impossible and no word from God shall be without power or impossible of fulfillment," (Luke 1:37 AMP).

To which this young girl replied, "Behold, I am the handmaiden of the Lord; let it be done to me according to what you have said." (Luke 1:38 AMP)

How much can we all learn from just that short conversation between Mary and the angel Gabriel.  Though Mary was scared and confused, she did not let her emotions or logic get in the way of doing God's will.   

Did she say, "But what will my finance think if I go around claiming the Holy Spirit has come upon me and made me pregnant?"

Did she question, "Who will protect me from those who will seek to stone me for adultery, though I've done no wrong?"


She said, "I am the Lord's servant. May everything you have said about me come true." (Luke 1:38 NLT).

When Mary went to visit her cousin Elizabeth, her cousin proclaimed to her:
...blessed (happy,to be envied)
is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of the things
that were spoken to her from the Lord.

-Luke 1:45 (AMP)

Mary believed God with child-like faith.  She took Him at His Word, and was called blessed!

After Elizabeth said this, Mary began to sing praises to God.

Mary Bible Study Mary Mother of Christ PrayingOh, how my soul praises the Lord. How my spirit rejoices in God my Savior... For the Mighty One is holy, and He has done great things for me. He shows mercy from generation to generation to all who fear Him...He has helped His servant Israel and remembered to be merciful. For He made this promise to our ancestors,to Abraham and his children forever.
-Luke 1:46-50; 54-55 (AMP)

She worshiped and sent up praises to the Lord.

That is why God chose Mary.  He knew her heart was for Him.

Because of her willingness to believe, God proved His promise that " word from God shall be without power," (Luke 1:37 AMP)! The consequences that most would have feared never came to pass in Mary's life.  

God allowed no enemies to harm Mary. And her fiance' did not put her away, but the Holy Spirit spoke to Joseph on her behalf, and he remained with her (Matthew 1:18-21).

Since Mary's heart was for God, God's heart was for Mary.


The Holy Spirit Longs to Come Upon YOU Too!

When Mary asked how she could possibly become pregnant, the angel replied,

The Holy Spirit will come upon you,
and the power of the Most High will overshadow you [like a shining cloud];
and so the holy (pure, sinless) Thing (Offspring) which shall be born of you
will be called the Son of God
-Luke 1:35 (AMP)
There are things that God wants to do in your life that may not seem possible in the physical realm.  In fact, like Mary, you may fear that stepping out of your comfort zone will cause complications you are not ready to deal with.

But, as the angel told Mary, " word from God shall be without power or impossible of fulfillment," (Luke 1:37 AMP).  Whatever God has for you to do, and believe me, there is something, He will give you the power to complete the task.

The Holy Spirit is simply waiting for you to proclaim, "I am the Lord's servant. May everything you have said about me come true." (Luke 1:38 NLT).  

As those words of trust and submission flow from your lips, the Spirit of God will come upon you, and birth something holy inside of your spirit that will bear the fruit of God for years to come.

Virtuous Women in the Bible
Lesson 2: Mary Bible Study
Be It Unto Me According to Your Word

  1. How do you honestly think you would have responded to God's request to risk your future marriage and, really, your life, to carry His child?  Why?

  2. Have you ever pretended that you did not hear God's voice whispering that He would like you to do something for Him?  Is there anything you think He may want you to be pursing right now that you are afraid to try? Why?

  3. After completing this Mary Bible study, would you say that you have her attitude when it comes to believing the Lord and His promises?  What actions have you taken, or not taken, that backup your answer?

Have you ever gone through a famine in your life?  A time when the pain was so great that the very life within you seemed to be withering away?

That is how Naomi felt.  But, even in Naomi's darkest hour, God had a plan.  God had hope.  Find out how God turned Naomi's famine into a plentiful harvest in your next Virtuous Women in the Bible Study.

Virtuous Women in the Bible

Lesson 1: From Sarai to Sarah - A Woman's Journey to Faith
Lesson 2: Mary Bible study - Be it unto me 
Lesson 3: Bible Study on Naomi -  Hope Through the Famines of Life 

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