17-4-2 The Influence Of Mary
The Lord alluded to the things of His mother not only during His ministry,
but even in the words of His Heavenly glory as recorded in Revelation.
Ps. 110:3 LXX makes the same connection between the events of His future
glory, both at His ascension and the second coming, and His begettal of
Mary: “From the womb, before the morning I have begotten you”. This is
sandwiched between prophecies of His ascension and return: “The LORD said
unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy
footstool. The LORD shall send the rod of thy strength out of Zion: rule
thou in the midst of thine enemies… From the womb, before the morning
I have begotten you… the LORD hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou
art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek. The Lord
at thy right hand shall strike through kings in the day of his wrath”.
The Lord was “subject unto” Mary (Lk. 2:51)- to train Him for the time
when we would be subject to Him as we are now (1 Cor. 15:27,28; Eph. 1:22;
5:24; ), and all the world subject unto Him (1 Pet. 3:22; Heb. 2:8). And
so, wondrous thought that it is, the training of His mother has effect
even now; with literally all subject to Him, He was prepared
for this by having been subject unto His mother.
Lk. 1:45 records Elisabeth’s comment on Mary: “Blessed is she that believed”.
In Jn. 20:29, Jesus unconsciously alludes to His mother's blessedness
even after His glorification. Mary must have many times recounted the
story of Elisabeth to Jesus, and His memory of it influenced His sentence
construction even after His glorification. This gives a window into the
extent to which we will be still who we are now in the Kingdom. Divine
nature won't totally change who we are nor the influence of our parents
upon us. This is a great encouragement to parents- who they influence
their children to be, will be what they eternally will be. For Jesus alluded
to the memory of His mother even in Divine nature.
Mary’s Wider Influence: Others Alluded To Her
Not only was the Lord Himself influenced by His mother. Paul and Peter
allude to Mary and her words in their writings. The hymn to Jesus which
Paul wrote in Phil. 2 is full of themes taken from Mary’s song- the same
themes of God’s manifestation in His Son, humiliation and exaltation,
occur there. There are several connections between the accounts of the
early preaching of the Gospel in Acts, and Mary’s song of praise. Her
words came to influence the brethren who stood up there and preached.
Perhaps Mary, who was meeting with them (Acts 1:14), sung the words to
them and they all memorized it. Raymond Brown claims there are 18 words
or items shared by the preaching of Peter (Acts 3:12-26) and the Magnificat
[Mary’s song of praise] (The Birth Of The Messiah, New York:
Doubleday, 1993 p. 354). Mary had quoted Ps. 107:9 about how she had been
filled with good things; but Zacharias quoted the next verse, Ps. 107:10,
shortly afterwards (Lk. 1:79). Surely Mary had gotten him thinking in
the same paths as she did. And she should likewise influence us.