And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it to me according to your word. And the angel departed from her.
I. Let your attention be called to THE GRAND EVENT HERE DESCRIBED AND MADE KNOWN. It is clear that He who was to be a perfect sacrifice must have a purer origin than fallen man; supernatural. "The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee," &c.
II. MARY'S ANSWER TO THIS GRACIOUS COMMUNICATION. "Behold the handmaid," &c.
1. That this obedient saint was using the language and expressing the sentiments of God's people in all ages. The title of Moses was " the servant of God" (Daniel 6:20; Psalm 116:16). Ready obedience.
2. We are not less bound to the service of God under the gospel; the titles of servants and handmaids do as much befit us, as they did the people of old. St. Paul and St. James style themselves "servants of God."
3. A word to those who can say, "Whose I am, and whom I serve." This is your world of trial, and you may expect difficulties to draw you aside. The Master's rule is best found in His word, "Be it unto me according to Thy word." Let us receive with humility and gratitude the entire Word of God. With what delight must the angel have received Mary's pious answer to his communication: and when he returned and told it in the court of heaven, there would be joy in the presence of the rest of the angels of God: so when your hearts respond to the messengers of grace.
(J. Slade, M. A.)
Parallel VersesKJV: And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her.