Chapter # 1 Paragraph # 3 Study # 9
February 15, 2004
Lincolnton, N.C.

<050> Thesis: The mystery of God's methods unfolds according to our needs. Introduction: So far we have seen that God, using Gabriel's words, was building Mary's ability to grasp the truth about the identity of Jesus. He made it as plain as it could possibly be that the Savior was to be both the Son of the Most High as well as the Son of David. This, as Paul was going to explain many years later, was essential to the problem of salvation in the face of Justice. However, He also made it absolutely imperative that we understand that the only legitimate exercise of power is to serve. The grasping for the ability to dominate others in which men are so heavily invested has to be shut down in the lives of those who would participate in the Kingdom of God. There should be a determined pursuit of greatness by the heirs of God's Kingdom, but that greatness must be defined in terms of true service to others. God is, essentially, a Servant and those who would participate with Him in life must permit His development of them in that direction. These things God has made clear by His words to Mary. This morning we are going to look again at what God told Mary through Gabriel. This time we are going to look at the answer He gave to her question: How? But, our question is not going to be "how?"; rather, it is going to be "why?". Mary wanted to know how she could conceive in a man-less way. We are going to ask why the answer she was given was God's method for producing a "man-less conception".