…to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. Luke 1:27 NKJV
In God’s plan He could have simply choose to tell us about a virgin being bequeathed to a man of Nazareth. But notice God chooses to specifically identify not only the man but also the woman. This shows us how personal God is. He is highly relational.
He lists Joseph of the house of David. This phrase “of the house of David” is significant because it identifies Joseph to a certain family. This particular family line is important because of the prophecy attached. If God did not explain Joseph as being from this family, people would not have known God’s plan was being fulfilled. God means what He says. This is proof. It is fulfilling what He said He would do through the line of David in the Old Testament.
When the Bible was written, it was customarily to only mention names of men in their historical documents. But look. God chooses to add Mary’s name in this account. By doing so, He raises her importance and puts her on equal terms with Joseph’s mention. This is not the only account. Several times in New Testament, we see women being elevated to same priority as men.
- Tamar and Ruth, both women are mentioned in Jesus’ family lineage in Matthew 1.
- Mary is the first to witness Jesus’ resurrection. A woman was first to know the Lord’s words came true!
- The account of Mary anointing Jesus’ feet with perfume and wiping them with her hair is said by Jesus to be remembered forever.
Both men and women are important to God. So when you read the Bible, don’t just gloss over the names. Instead think about what mentioning a person’s name says about the character of God. It shows how personal God is. He cares about the individual.
Lord thank you for being so personal. Thank you for loving both men and women equally. Thank you for being the only God of Your word. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.