THURSDAY, JUNE 6
Scripture: Ephesians 1:6, Luke 1:28-33
In Ephesians 1:6, we find that khar-e-too-o appears two of only three total times in the New Testament. The first one is bestowed upon Mary, but quickly transitions. In Luke 1:26-33 we are told, “Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. And having come in, the angel said to her, ‘Rejoice, highly favored one/ khar-e-too-o, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!’ But when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and considered what manner of greeting this was. Then the angel said to her, ‘Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.’” Here we see Mary referred to as a highly favored one. She was to serve God by bringing forth the Prince of Peace in her womb. She was to give birth to the Son of God as a servant under the Old Covenant. All under the New Covenant are greater than she. It is hard to believe, but it is exactly what the Word of God tells us. We have to make the transition in our thinking to the fact that we are sons and daughters of the King. I trust we will!