Miriam, or Mary as we call her in English, was a devout Jew living in the town of Nazareth. The angel Gabriel told Mary that she was going to have a baby, and to call him Jesus. Elizabeth, her cousin, was six months pregnant at the time.
Mary, in answering the angel, calls herself a bond slave to the Most High God. “I am the Lord’s servant.”
The word servant, in Greek, means: a bond slave.
In Hebrew, Gabriel means: God is mighty.
God has used angels to announce to Mankind things He is going to do. For example: Abraham, Daniel, and John in the book of Revelation.
Luke chapters 1:1-2:52 & 3:21-38
Matthew chapters 1:1-25 and 2:1-23
Background Reading: – Mariamu kũmenyithio nĩegũciara Jesũ – The Birth of Jesus Foretold
26 Na rĩĩrĩ, mweriinĩ wa ĩtandatũ wa Elizabethi gũkorwo e na nda-rĩ, Ngai nĩatũmire mũraika Gaburieli itũũrainĩ rĩa Galili rĩrĩa rĩĩtagwo Nazarethi. 27 Aamũtũmire kũrĩ mũirĩĩtu thingi worĩĩtio nĩ mũndũ wetagwo Josefu warĩ wa rũciaro rwa mũthamaki Daudi. Mũirĩĩtu ũcio eetagwo Mariamu. 28 Mũraika ũcio agĩgĩthiĩ kũrĩ Mariamu akĩmũgeithia atĩrĩ, “Wĩ mwega? Wee wĩ mũraathime mũno! Mwathani arĩ hamwe nawe!”
29 Naake Mariamu agĩgĩtangĩka ngoro mũno nĩ ũndũ wa ngeithi icio cia mũraika, na akĩrigwo nĩ ũrĩa ciugo icio ciendaga kuuga. 30 Naake mũraika akĩmwĩra atĩrĩ, “Mariamu, tiga gwĩtigĩra nĩ gũkorwo Ngai nĩagũtaanahĩire. 31 Nĩũkũgĩa nda, ũciare kahĩĩ, na ũgaagatua Jesũ. 32 Nako nĩgagaatuĩka mũndũ mũnene, na gageetagwo Mũrũ wa Ngai Ũrĩa Ũrĩ Igũrũ Mũno. Mwathani Ngai nĩagaagatua mũthamaki o ta ũrĩa ithe Daudi aarĩ mũthamaki. 33 Agaagatua mũthamaki wa andũ a Isiraeli tene na tene; ũthamaki wako ndũgaathira!”
34 Naake Mariamu akĩĩra mũraika ũcio atĩrĩ, “Niĩ ndĩ mũirĩĩtu thingi. Ũhoro ũcio ũngĩkĩhoteka atĩa?”
35 Naake mũraika akĩmũcookeria akĩmwĩra atĩrĩ, “Roho Mũtheru nĩagooka kũrĩ we, naguo hinya wa Ngai nĩũgaakũhumbĩra. Nĩ ũndũ ũcio mwana ũcio ũgaaciara ageetagwo ũrĩa mũtheru, Mũrũ wa Ngai. 36 Nĩũkũririkana mũtumia ũrĩa wanyu wĩtagwo Elizabethi ũrĩa weragwo atĩ ndangĩgĩa mwana, rĩu o naake ũkũrũinĩ wake nĩagĩĩte, na ũyũ nĩguo mweri wake wa gatandatũ kuuma rĩrĩa aamĩgĩire. 37 Atĩrĩĩrĩ, gũtirĩ ũndũ ũngĩrema Ngai.”
38 Naake Mariamu agĩkiuga atĩrĩ, “Niĩ ndĩ ndungata ya Mwathani; kũrotuĩka kũrĩ niĩ o ũguo woiga.” Naake mũraika akĩmũtiga agĩĩthiĩra.
26 Now in the sixth month of her pregnancy, the angel Gabriel[God is mighty] was sent by God to a city in Galilee called Nazareth, 27 to a virgin engaged to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28 The angel came to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you!” 29 Startled by his statement, she tried to figure out what his greeting meant.
30 Then the angel told her, “Stop being afraid, Mary, because you have found favor with God. 31 Listen! You will become pregnant and give birth to a son, and you are to name him Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give him the throne of his ancestor David. 33 He will rule over the house of Jacob forever, and his kingdom will never end.”
34 Mary asked the angel, “How can this happen, since I have not had relations with a man?”
35 The angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come over you, and the power of the Most High will surround you. Therefore, the child will be holy and will be called the Son of God. 36 And listen! Elizabeth, your relative, has herself conceived a son in her old age, this woman who was rumored to be barren is in her sixth month. 37 Nothing is impossible with respect to any of God’s promises.”
38 Then Mary said, “Truly I am the Lord’s servant. Let everything you have said happen to me.” Then the angel left her.
Gabriel is one of only three angels named in the Bible.
The other two are Michael, who also serves God, and Satan, who rebelled against God and we know what his end will be.
There are multiple groups of angels mentioned, like the Cherubim and Seraphim. Cherub is the singular of Cherubim in Hebrew, like Seraph is the singular of Seraphim.
Hebrew puts “im” on the end of a word to make the word plural for three or more, where English often puts an “s” at the end to make the word plural.