Servant of The Lord

This entry is part 10 of 13 in the series Jesus' Birth and Early Years

 And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her. (Luke 1:38 ESV)

Mary Servant of the Lord

Mary proclaimed that she was the servant of the Lord.

A bond-servant is duty bound to his or her master; allegiance is pledged to the master.

Mary was not the only servant that bore a child for a master.

 

Hagar Servant of Sarah

God promised Abram and Sarai a child, but Sarai was barren.

So Sarai made a plan and gave her servant, Hagar to Abram so that Sarai could obtain a child through Hagar.

Hagar did become pregnant and Ishmael was born.

Thirteen years later God’s promise came into fulfillment and barren Sarah became pregnant with Isaac.

 

Bilhah and Zilpah

Leah and Rachel, the two wives of Jacob went through a similar situation. They competed for the love of Jacob and 12 sons and one daughter was born to Jacob.

Leah was fertile and Rachel was barren.

When Leah bore Jacob sons and Rachel could not, she gave her servant Bilhah to Jacob to bear sons.

Leah also gave her servant Zilpah to Jacob to bear him sons.

Ten sons were born to Jacob when, once again the Lord did the impossible and made a barren woman fertile and Rachel bore Jacob two sons.

 

Who is Your Master?

Hagar, Bilhah and Zilpah bore children for their masters.

Mary was appointed by God and she also bore a Son for her Master. Her Master was God and not man.

In life you are often in a situation where you obey and follow someone else’s instructions. It could be your boss, your parent, teacher, leader.

The question is not obeying your superiors, but who is your master?

 

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