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Geneva Notes on Luke 1:26-38 (Annunciation to St. Mary)

From the Geneva Notes

Lu 1:26
1:26 {3} And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from
God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth,

(3) The angel, serving the Lord who would be born, is sent to
the virgin Mary, in whom the son of the most high promised
to David is conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Lu 1:27
1:27 To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the
{y} house of David; and the virgin's name [was] Mary.

(y) The same can be said of Mary, otherwise Christ would
not have been of the stock of David, nor his son.

Lu 1:28
1:28 And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, [thou that
art] {z} highly favoured, the Lord [is] with thee: {a}
blessed [art] thou among women.

(z) It might be literally rendered, "full of favour and
grace", and he shows immediately after, laying out
plainly unto us, what that favour is in that he says,
"The Lord is with thee".
(a) Of God.

Lu 1:29
1:29 And when she saw [him], she was {b} troubled at his saying,
and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should
be.

(b) Moved at the strangeness of the matter.

Lu 1:30
1:30 And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast
{c} found favour with God.

(c) So the Hebrews said, saying that those men have found
favour who are in favour.

Lu 1:32
1:32 He shall be great, and shall be {d} called the Son of the
Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of
his father David:

(d) He will be declared to be so, for he was the Son of God
from everlasting, but was made manifest in the flesh in
his time.

Lu 1:34
1:34 Then said Mary unto the angel, {e} How shall this be,
seeing {f} I know not a man?

(e) The greatness of the matter causes the virgin to ask
this question, not that she distrusted by any means at
all, for she asks only of the manner of the conceiving,
so that it is plain she believed all the rest.
(f) So speak the Hebrews, signifying by this modest kind of
speech the company of man and wife together, and this
is the meaning of it: how will this be, for as I will
be Christ's mother I am very sure I will not know any
man: for the godly virgin had learned by the prophets
that the Messiah would be born of a virgin.

Lu 1:35
1:35 And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost
{g} shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest
shall overshadow thee: therefore also that {h} holy thing
which shall be born of thee shall be {i} called the Son of
God.

(g) That is, the Holy Spirit will cause thee to conceive by
his mighty power.
(h) That thing which is pure and void of all spot of
uncleanliness: for he that was to take away sin must of
necessity be void of sin.
(i) Declared and shown to the world to be the Son of God.

Lu 1:36
1:36 And, behold, thy {k} cousin Elisabeth, she hath also
conceived a son in her old age: and this is the {l} sixth
month with her, who was called barren.

(k) Though Elisabeth was of the tribe of Levi, yet it was
possible for her to be Mary's cousin: for whereas it
was forbidden by the Law for maidens to be married to
men of other tribes, there was an exception among the
Levites, who could take for themselves wives out of any
tribe: for the Levites had no portion allotted to them
when the land was divided among the people.
(l) This is now the sixth month from the time when she
conceived.

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