Mary’s of the Bible 2

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Mary’s of the Bible – Day 2

Matthew 1:16

Jacob the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary, and Mary was the mother of Jesus who is called the Messiah.

The Thought

This is the first mention of the first Mary in our study this month. She probably deserves a whole month to herself. They all do! Often people get confused about which things happened to which Mary, it is not always clear. So a month looking at all of them seemed like a good idea.

The first real mention of the virgin Mary without naming her, is in Isaiah’s prophecy. The Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel (Isaiah 7:14).

God had kept this plan in His heart for a very long time. We read about the fulfilment of that prophecy in three of the four gospels.

In this first chapter of Matthew, we follow the lineage of Jesus from Abraham. Interestingly Luke gives us the genealogy of Jesus in the other direction right back to Adam, and finishes with the fact that Adam was the son of God (Luke 3:23-38)! People had been God’s idea for a very long time!

Nowhere in the regular Bible do we have the names of the virgin Mary’s parents, the genealogy of women was not important at that time in history.


Think today about your own genealogy. Do you know anything about your family history? Many people don’t! Pray, giving thanks to God for all those people who were a part of your history, whether you know of them or not.

If you are one who didn’t know their real parents, give thanks for the adoptive family who cared for you, or the institution where you began life.

Spend some time forgiving anything that was not good.

Read one of the genealogies of Jesus (Matthew 1, Luke 3) and see how many names you recognise.

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