Today I was reading about Mary in "Twelve Extraordinary women" by John MacArthur I gained a new understanding of how desperate people are to believe in something. Why so many elevate Mary to the position of deity has always been confusing to me, so I was very interested in reading this chapter.
(The Crossroads young woman's group will be studying this chapter next Tuesday. I love those girls and this will make for a great study!)
When a woman in one of the crowds surrounding Jesus yelled, "Blessed is the womb that bore You, and the breasts at which You nursed."
Jesus answered, "On the contrary, blessed are those who hear the word of God, and observe it" Luke 11:27-28
Scripture reveals her as an average young girl of common means from a peasants' town in a poor region of Israel, betrothed to a working class fiancé' who earned his living as a carpenter.
This common girl would be shocked and I suspect not happy about the way some people regard her as slightly less than God himself. The crazy stories I have heard over the years about supposed appearances by Mary make no sense to me. One person claimed an image of Mary was found in a toasted grilled-cheese sandwich! Don't laugh it sold for $28,000 on ebay! Crazy!!
Those who continue to focus on Mary instead of her God need to understand that Mary ONLY magnified and praised the one and only almighty God.
Today I learned just a little more about Mary's life and was highly encouraged to remember how humble she remained even under heaven's highest privilege. She understood this was a divine calling and had nothing to do with her abilities or position!