Sunday, December 4, 2011

day 11 - "how" has two sides

"But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zechariah: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John."
Luke 1:13

"And Zechariah said unto the angel, Whereby shall I know this? for I am an old man, and my wife well stricken in years."
Luke 1:18

"And, behold, thou shalt be dumb, and not able to speak, until the day that these things shall be performed, because thou believest not my words, which shall be fulfilled in their season."
Luke 1:20

"And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favor with God.  And behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS."
Luke 1:30-31

"And said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?"
Luke 1:34

"And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word.  And the angel departed from her."
Luke 1:38

Two people--a man and a woman.

Two separate visits foretelling miraculous births.

One angel sent for two announcements.

Two questions regarding "how."

Two results: one a punishment, the other a Presence.

What was the difference?

The spirit of the question determined the outcome.

Are you questioning the ability of God or merely the method by which He wants to work?

The Lord doesn't mind questions. But he does care about the spirit from which the questions originate.

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