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MARY IN SCRIPTURE

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Mary in Scripture: News

There are many references to Mary in the Bible, some more obvious than others.

Mary is first mentioned in Genesis 3:15, as the woman whose offspring (Jesus) will crush the head of the serpent (Satan).

Genesis 3:15:

“I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.”

She is then mentioned in the Book of Isaiah:

Isaiah 7:14:
“Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.”

In the New Testament, there are several key passages related to Mary:

Luke 1:28-29

“Hail Mary, Full of Grace, the Lord is with thee! Blessed art thou among women! 

Luke 1:38:
“And Mary said, ‘Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.’ And the angel departed from her.”

Luke 1:48
“…for he has regarded the low estate of his handmaiden. For behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed.”

Luke 2:19
“But Mary kept all these things, pondering them in her heart.

Matthew 1:20

"But as he considered this, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, ‘Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit.'”

Matthew 2:11
“…and going into the house they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh.”

Luke 2:34-35
“…and Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, ‘Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising of many in Israel and for a sign that is spoken against (and a sword will pierce through your own soul also), that thoughts out of many hearts may be revealed.'”


Luke 2:51
“And (Jesus) went down with (Mary and Joseph) and came to Nazareth, and was obedient to them.”

John 2:3-10
“When the wine failed, the mother of Jesus said to him, ‘They have no wine.’ And Jesus said to her, ‘O woman, what have you to do with me? My hour has not yet come.’ His mother said to the servants, ‘Do whatever he tells you.’ Now six stone jars were standing there, for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons. Jesus said to them, ‘Fill the jars with water.’ And they filled them up to the brim. He said to them, ‘Now draw some out, and take it to the steward of the feast.’ So they took it. When the steward of the feast tasted the water it now become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the steward of the feast called the bridegroom and said to him, ‘Every man serves the good wine first; and when men have drunk freely, then the poor wine; but you have kept the good wine until now.'”

Matthew 12:46
“While he was still speaking to the people, behold, his mother and his brothers stood outside, asking to speak to him.” 

John 19:25-27
“So the soldiers did this. But standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw his mother, and the disciple whom he loved standing near, he said to his mother, ‘Woman, behold, your son!’ Then he said to the disciple, ‘Behold, your mother!’ And from that hour the disciple took her to his own home.”

Luke 2:46-49
“After three days they found him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions; and all who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers. And when they saw him they were astonished; and his mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us so? Behold, your father and I have been looking for you anxiously.” And he said to them, ‘How is it that you sought me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?'”

Acts 1:13-14
“…and when they had entered, they went up to the upper room, where they were staying, Peter and John and James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot and Judas the son of James. All these with one accord devoted themselves to prayer, together with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers.”

Galatians 4:4
“But when the time had fully come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law…”

Finally, we reach the book of Revelation. It is in this book that Mary is revealed as the 'Ark of the New Covenant'

Revelation 11:19-12:2
Then God’s temple in heaven was opened, and the ark of his covenant was seen within his temple; and there were flashes of lightning, voices, peals of thunder, an earthquake, and heavy hail. And a great portent appeared in heaven, a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars; she was with child and she cried out in her pangs of birth, in anguish for delivery.”

Revelation 12:5
“She brought forth a male child, one who is to rule all the nations with a rod of iron, but her child was caught up to God and to his throne…”

Revelation 12:17
“Then the dragon was angry with the woman, and went off to make war on the rest of her offspring, on those who keep the commandments of God and bear testimony to Jesus.”

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