4 A child is miraculously conceived.

Psalm 132:11; Isaiah 7:14; 9:7; Matthew 1:18–25; Luke 1:26–38

Where do you think Mary was when Gabriel appeared (Luke 1:26–27)?

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Angelic appearances often terrify people, but we have no indication that Gabriel began with saying, “Fear not.” Why might Mary not have been terrified at his appearance (Luke 1:26–28)?

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What about Gabriel’s greeting could have been so troubling to Mary (Luke 1:29)?

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What aspects of Gabriel’s message would have been impossible for Mary to understand (Luke 1:30–33)?

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Why would Mary think God’s promise was for right then and not later, after she was married (Luke 1:34)?

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Do you think Gabriel’s explanation was sufficient for Mary to understand how she would become pregnant (Luke 1:35)? Why?

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Why would Mary not have already known that Elizabeth was pregnant (Luke 1:36)?

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What is the benefit of knowing God has done a miracle in someone else’s life (Luke 1:36)?

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How might Mary’s response to Gabriel be important in our relationship with the Lord (Luke 1:38; 22:42)?

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How do you visualize the way Gabriel left (Luke 1:38)?

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How do you think Joseph learned that Mary was pregnant (Matthew 1:19)?

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When the angel appeared to Joseph, he received instruction on naming Jesus. What would he have said to Mary when he learned that she had been told the same thing (Matthew 1:20–21)?

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How might the community have reacted if people realized that Mary was more pregnant than she should have been at six months after the wedding ceremony (Matthew 1:24–25)?

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After hundreds of years passed without the fulfillment of God’s promise, what is the likelihood that the present generation would expect it to happen in their lifetime (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:22–23)?

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For more than two thousand years, Christians have known the promise of Jesus returning to Earth. Based on that history, should we expect his return in our lifetime (Acts 1:11)? Why?

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In the Galilean town of Nazareth, the angel Gabriel appeared to a virgin named Mary, who was engaged to marry Joseph, a descendent of Israel’s King David. “Greetings, favored woman!” the angel said. “God is with you.”

Eyewitness

Matthew 1:18 The birth of Jesus the Messiah happened this Way: His mother, Mary, was engaged to Joseph, but before the marriage, while still a virgin, she became pregnant by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Luke 1:25–28 “This is the Lord’s doing,” she said. “In these last days, he has shown his favor and has taken away my disgrace.” In the Galilean town of Nazareth, the angel Gabriel appeared to a virgin named Mary, who was engaged to marry Joseph, a descendent of Israel’s King David. “Greetings, favored woman!” the angel said. “God is with you.”
King James

Matthew 1:18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.
Luke 1:25–28 Thus hath the Lord dealt with me in the days wherein he looked on me, to take away my reproach among men. And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.

Mary was deeply shaken. She trembled at what the angel’s greeting might mean.

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Luke 1:29 Mary was deeply shaken. She trembled at what the angel’s greeting might mean.
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Luke 1:29 And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be.

“Do not be frightened, Mary. God is pleased with you. You will become pregnant and give birth to a son. You must name him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will make him king like his ancestor David, and he will rule over Israel forever.”

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Psalm 132:11 The Lord swore an oath to David that cannot be revoked. “I will set one of your descendants upon your throne.”
Isaiah 9:7 He will inherit King David’s throne, and his reign will endure forever, bringing everlasting peace. By the power and passion of almighty God, in his Kingdom he will always maintain order and righteousness.
Luke 1:30–33 “Do not be frightened, Mary. God is pleased with you. “You will become pregnant and give birth to a son. You must name him Jesus. “He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will make him king like his ancestor David, and he will rule over Israel forever.”
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Psalm 132:11 The Lord hath sworn in truth unto David; he will not turn from it; Of the fruit of thy body will I set upon thy throne.
Isaiah 9:7 Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.
Luke 1:30–33 And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.

“How is this possible?” Mary said. “I have never slept with a man.”

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Luke 1:34 “How is this possible?” Mary said. “I have never slept with a man.”
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Luke 1:34 Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?

“The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Therefore, your child will be holy and will be called the Son of God. No one thought your aunt Elizabeth could have a child either, but she is now in her sixth month. Nothing is impossible with God.”

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Matthew 1:18 The birth of Jesus the Messiah happened this Way: His mother, Mary, was engaged to Joseph, but before the marriage, while still a virgin, she became pregnant by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Luke 1:35-37 “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Therefore, your child will be holy and will be called the Son of God. No one thought your relative Elizabeth could have a child either, but she is now in her sixth month. Nothing is impossible with God.”
King James

Matthew 1:18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.
Luke 1:35-37 And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God. And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren. For with God nothing shall be impossible.

“I am God’s servant,” Mary said. “Let all you have said happen to me according to his will.”

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Luke 1:38 “I am God’s servant,” Mary said. “Let all you have said happen to me according to his will.” Then the angel left.
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Luke 1:38 And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her.

Then the angel left.

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Luke 1:38 “I am God’s servant,” Mary said. “Let all you have said happen to me according to his will.” Then the angel left.
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Luke 1:38 And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her.

When Joseph discovered that his fiancée was pregnant, he did not want to subject her to public disgrace, so he decided to break their engagement quietly. While still contemplating exactly what he would do, an angel appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to get married. The child has been conceived in Mary by the Holy Spirit. She will have a son, and you must name him Jesus because he will save his people from their sins.”

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Matthew 1:19–21 When Joseph discovered that his fiancée was pregnant, he did not want to subject her to public disgrace, so he decided to break their engagement quietly. While still contemplating exactly what he would do, an angel appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to get married. The child has been conceived in Mary by the Holy Spirit. She will have a son, and you must name him Jesus because he will save his people from their sins.”
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Matthew 1:19–21 Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a publick example, was minded to put her away privily. But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.

Aroused from sleep, Joseph did as the angel had commanded. He took Mary to be his wife but avoided intimacy with her until after the baby was born.

Eyewitness

Matthew 1:24–25 Aroused from sleep, Joseph did as the angel had commanded. He took Mary to be his wife but avoided intimacy with her until after the baby was born. And he named him Jesus.
King James

Matthew 1:24–25 Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife: And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS.

All this happened to fulfill what God had spoken through the prophet Isaiah: Watch for this! A virgin will become pregnant and give birth to a son named Immanuel, meaning “God with us.”

Eyewitness

Isaiah 7:14 Watch for the miracle God will perform, for a virgin will become pregnant and give birth to a son named Immanuel, meaning “God with us.”
Matthew 1:22-23 All this happened to fulfill what God had spoken through the prophet Isaiah: Watch for this! A virgin will become pregnant and give birth to a son named Immanuel, meaning “God with us.”
King James

Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.
Matthew 1:22-23 Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.