Mary, did you know?

One of my favorite parts of Doug Wilson’s Book (God Rest Ye Merry) is his discussion of Mary, the mother of Jesus. I have pondered her character and the display of surrender, but Wilson makes a few other notable observations, referencing Luke 1:26-56:

1. Mary was a woman in need of a Savior. “Mary knows of her need for forgiveness. She refers here to God as her Savior (v. 47).”

2. She was a woman of faith. “Mary considers what Gabriel says and immediately submits herself to it (vs. 38). And Elizabeth blesses Mary as one who believed (v. 45).”

3. She was a woman of the Word. This was my favorite observation and one that I really hadn’t considered before. “In her song, she showed that she was dependent upon the promises of Scripture. The angelic messenger was no substitute for the Word. God had helped Israel, and He had done so in accordance with the promises to the fathers (vv. 54-55). And at the center of her faith was the promise made to Abraham (v. 55). Mary was quite evidently a woman of the Word: this Magnificat is made up almost entirely of language from the Old Testament, and shows a deep and thorough knowledge of Scripture…Not only does Mary’s language echo the language of many passages from the Old Testament, but she also refers to God’s saving acts recounted there (vv. 50-52).”

4. She was a woman of deep humility. “Mary knew that she was selected to be the mother of the Messiah from ‘low estate’ (v. 48). She does not interpret the blessing that was given to her in a prideful or arrogant way.”

5. She was a woman of gratitude. “Her soul immediately turned to ‘magnify the Lord’ (v. 46). She rejoiced in her God and Savior (v. 47). God had done great things for her, which she is careful to recount (v. 49).”

Mary did know. She knew that her “only Savior is our only hope for salvation as well (26).”