Luke 1:26-30

Luke 1:26 (KJB)
And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth,

Gabriel’s task was not finished yet because six months after he made the announcement to Zacharias, he now goes to the city of Nazareth in Galilee. This time he had the privilege of announcing the birth of a baby which was far more significant than that of John. He was about to announce to Mary that the Messiah was about to be born and she was going to be the one whom the Lord had chosen to bear him. Jesus was the only one among the entire human race who was able to choose his mother. Think about it!

Luke 1:27 (KJB)
To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary.

Gabriel went right from the throne of God to Nazareth to the house of Mary. Mary was espoused to Joseph who was a carpenter. In ancient Israel, being espoused or betrothed was as binding as if the couple was already married. The Messiah was to be of the house of David, called “the Son of David.” (Mark 10:47 KJV) And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out, and say, Jesus, thou son of David, have mercy on me. Joseph was in the lineage of David and so was Mary, who was of the tribe of Judah, which would have been a total fulfillment of the prophecy that the Messiah would be the son of David. (Mat 2:5-6 KJV) And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet, {6} And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel. The name “Mary” comes from the Hebrew “Marah” which means “bitter”, not in attitude but in suffering in life’s experiences.

Luke 1:28 (KJB)
And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.

When Gabriel first saw Mary, he greeted her with the word “hail” which carries with it the meaning of “Greetings, good day, rejoice.” Then he says to her that she is highly favored among women. The Greek word behind “highly favoured” carries with it the meaning of “one who has God’s favor.” He also assured her that the Lord was with her and this was a visit from an angel dispatched by the Lord Himself. Every Jewish woman had hoped and prayed that she would be the one who would carry and give birth to the Messiah. Here Gabriel is attesting to the fact that Mary was the chosen vessel and that she was blessed among all women. The word behind “blessing” can also mean happy but there is a difference between a blessing and being happy. A blessing is a divine intervention by God which may result in happiness. Mary was blessed because God chose her to carry the Messiah.

Luke 1:29 (KJB)
And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be.

Mary was probably only about 16 years old at this time so she was not sure what all of this meant. The text indicates that she was thoroughly confused at this time which caused her to be troubled in her heart. She had pondered in her heart what all of this meant which means that she was in full control of her emotions and was thinking of this. The prophecy of the coming of the Messiah was well know to every Jew and she probably figured that she would be the last one that God would use to bring Him into the world. Since she was a poor girl betrothed to a poor carpenter in a remote village, it would not be hard to understand why she was shocked at all this.

Luke 1:30 (KJB)
And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God.

As Mary was pondering the salutation, Gabriel once again commands her not to fear because all that is happening to her is within the fact that she has found favor with God. What was about to happen has all been orchestrated by God. Gabriel calls her by name showing familiarity with her.