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Sunday, September 12, 2021

Bible Study with the Cincotti's - Mary - 09/12/2021


Today's Bible Study, Authored by Arthur Cincotti. 09/12/2021


Listen to our Bible Study Discussion at: Mary Bible Study Podcast
 

Mary the Theotokos

 

Theotokos is a term not often heard in evangelical circles...but we’ll get back to that.

“Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word.”     Lk. 1:38

If only that should be our life verse and daily testimony!!!

Mary is mentioned in all four gospels, and in one verse Acts 1:14.

She is, without debate, the earthly mother of Jesus.

         Some sources claim she was born in Jerusalem, while others                say she was born in Galilee.

         We gather from Luke and Matthew’s accounts that she was betrothed to a carpenter named Joseph, in the region of Galilee, perhaps at the young age of fourteen. This was not an unusual arrangement. In the  Jewish tradition, betrothal was legally equivalent to marriage, without the ceremony and consummation. That could happen as much as a year later. It is universally believed that Joseph was much older than Mary, which also would not have been unusual.

         Somewhere in the betrothal period Mary comes to be with child by the Holy Spirit. Read portions of Deut. 22:13-30

 

“Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not wanting to make her a public example, was minded to put her away secretly” Matt. 1:19

 

Virgin birth narratives are not uncommon in ancient folklore.

 

Mary is a Biblical character shroud in great mystery!!

 

Let’s try to unpack some of it.

The Protoevangelium gospel of James (second cen.) gives a supposed birth narrative of Mary claiming that she was born to a pious couple named Joachim and Anne. The account is similar to the birth of Samuel in I Sam. ch. 1. At six months, Mary is brought and dedicated at the temple, and remained there.

Evangelical commentators claim that Luke’s genealogy traces Jesus line through Mary, thus giving Him an actual blood line to David. This argues that Joseph and Mary were cousins, and shared a maternal ancestor. Lk. 3:23.

This interpretation accounts for the problem in Jer. 36:30, who prophesied that not descendant of Jehoiakim or hes son Jechoniah (Jer. 22:24-30) would sit on the throne of David.

 

Mary is declared a “perpetual virgin” by Roman Catholic doctrine as well as Orthodox. They answer the problem of Mat. 13:55 and Mk. 3:31 by claiming that in Hebrew the word for brothers could be translated cousin and is sometimes translated “brethren.”

Someone pointed out that during birth, the baby Jesus would have broken Mary’s hymen, making her no longer a virgin. Catholic response to that is that Jesus exited her body in a miraculous fashion.

At the council of Ephesus (431 AD) Mary is declared the Theotokos, “God-bearer”. The argument in Catholic theology is that God could not dwell in an unclean vessel, therefore Mary gets tracked onto this pre-passion, status of Holiness.

Another Catholic argument that Mary had no other children is the reason why Jesus asks John to care for her, from the cross. (Jn. 19:27)

 

The true beauty of Mary

 

A woman, in Scripture, is often a type of the church.

Is the church not the God-bearer in the post-ascension dispensation, sometimes called, “the church age”.

Does not Christ dwell in us? Col. 1:27, “Christ in you, the hope of glory.”

And Rom. 8:9-11.

Do we not see how Joseph loved Mary and had compassion on her in Mat. 1:19, “minded to put her away secretly” not defecting to the law of Deut. 22.

Eph. 5:25, “Christ also loved he church and gave Himself for her.”

This is a much more powerful narrative than the perpetual virginity of Mary.

Mary’s assumption into heaven, or Dormition (falling asleep) is believed, by church  tradition, to have occurred between 50 and 63 AD, in Jerusalem.

 

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I swear I didn't read the above study before our Podcast discussion, but considering the subject: I have done two previous blog posts that regard Mary in some respect and thought I would share the link to them: 

Mary on MT4Christ.org

As a reminder, I have attempted to label the posts on the blog by subject matter, to locate topics of interest.  

We appreciate your search for encouragement and truth on the path of Christian Discipleship and thank you for your interest in our blog and podcast! 

M.T. Clark 



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