- MemberSeptember 30, 2020 at 18:54
(CASE A) Luke 1: 18: And Zacharias said to the angel, “How shall I know this? For I am an old man, and my wife is well advanced in years.
Response: Luke 1:19-20 – And the angel answering said unto him, I am Gabriel, that stand in the presence of God; and am sent to speak unto thee, and to shew thee these glad tidings. 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.
(CASE B) Luke 1: 34: Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?
Response: Luke 1 35 – And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.
Question: These are two very similar cases where the two subject matters (Zacharias and Mary) are faced with similar issue (seeming impossibility), and asked similar questions. However, they got different reaction from the Angel (standing in the place of God). Could this be a case of Partiality with God in dealing with us?
Note: Other similar instances can be find in Manoah’s response (Judges 13:12), and Abraham and Sarah’s sinister laughter (Genesis 18:9-18)
- MemberSeptember 30, 2020 at 22:40
In responding to your post bro, we need not to forget that our God sees and judges the motive and intent of the heart beyond our words. In the case of Zachariah and Mary, I see this whole thing as a matter of the state of their hearts, which we as humans can’t see. Zachariah had some doubt and unbelief, while Mary didn’t. This was evident from Mary’s later response in vs 38, when she said “Behold the maidservant of the Lord! let it be to me according to your Word”. Recall in 1 Sam 16, God out rightly rejected the sons of Jesse not based on anything but the state of their hearts. The state of our hearts is so critical to God beyond what we say!
- MemberOctober 1, 2020 at 15:51
This is a very interesting question because it speaks the mind of many believers, especially when referencing some of God’s statements as recorded by the Bible. Statement like “I will be mercy unto whom I will be merciful to”…and many more like this.
Let me start by hitting the bull’s eye: Our God is not a partial God! The word partial is a term rampant with man’s sinful nature, hence this can not be identify with sinless, pure and perfect God. Therefore to address the case study of discussion: I will try to explain the above point in two(2) dimensions.
1. I agree with @Ify points. Zacharias’ case was not just an issue of ordinary doubt; he made God seem like a ‘liar’ because Angel Gabriel was sent by God to inform him his PRAYER has been heard (this means he has been praying for the answer Angel Gabriel brought to him). Why did he need to doubt again; didn’t he pray for it? It’s funny his punishment (dumbness) was even an affliction of the same mouth/tongue used to make the prayer he doubted its answer — perhaps this is coincidental (humanly thinking).
Whereas in the case of Mary, she never prayed for conceiving as a virgin; moreover it has never being heard before neither has mortal man conceive such thought before — she only find favour with God — nonetheless she believed at the explanation of Angel Gabriel. [Her case is even more difficult to believe]. Remember the Romans 14:23 KJV says: “And he that doubteth is damned if he ‘eat’, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin”.
2. My second point is just to remind us of the Sovereignty of God the righteous Judge. He does as He pleases IN RIGHTEOUSNESS. He is unquestionable. He answers to no man because man’s understanding and knowledge is limited.
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