Mary and Jesus (3:43 – 3:48)

                                                Mary and Jesus 
[3:43] “O Mary, you shall submit to your Lord, and prostrate and bow down with those who bow down.”
[3:44] This is news from the past that we reveal to you. You were not there when they drew their raffles to select Mary’s guardian. You were not present when they argued with one another.
[3:45] The angels said, “O Mary, GOD gives you good news: a Word from Him whose name is `The Messiah, Jesus the son of Mary. He will be prominent in this life and in the Hereafter, and one of those closest to Me.’
[3:46] “He will speak to the people from the crib, as well as an adult; he will be one of the righteous.”
[3:47] She said, “My Lord, how can I have a son, when no man has touched me?” He said, “GOD thus creates whatever He wills. To have anything done, He simply says to it, `Be,’ and it is.
[3:48] “He will teach him the scripture, wisdom, the Torah, and the Gospel.” 

What was the background to the raffle to select Mary’s guardian?

According to the Proto Gospel of James, when Mary turned twelve years old they needed a guardian outside of the temple to watch over her. No one wanted to be her guardian because she was a virgin youth and it would not look good in a society a married older man watching over someone like that. So they pulled rods and Joseph was selected as Mary’s guardian. The argument was because people did not want this responsibility.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gospel_of_James
http://www.asu.edu/courses/rel376/total-readings/james.pdf

Proto Gospel of James

                                              Gross Blasphemy
[2:116] They said, “GOD has begotten a son!” Be He glorified; never! To Him belongs everything in the heavens and the earth; all are subservient to Him.
[2:117] The Initiator of the heavens and the earth: to have anything done, He simply says to it, “Be,” and it is.
[2:118] Those who possess no knowledge say, “If only GOD could speak to us, or some miracle could come to us!” Others before them have uttered similar utterances; their minds are similar. We do manifest the miracles for those who have attained certainty.

Interesting that Jesus is known as “son of Mary” as he had no father and as it was customary that people were known by the name of their father.

Moses also referred to Aaron as son of my mother. Because people back then may of had multiple wives so this was a bond closer than just son of my father.

[7:150] When Moses returned to his people, angry and disappointed, he said, “What a terrible thing you have done in my absence! Could you not wait for the commandments of your Lord?” He threw down the tablets, and took hold of his brother’s head, pulling him towards himself. (Aaron) said, “Son of my mother, the people took advantage of my weakness, and almost killed me. Let not my enemies rejoice, and do not count me with the transgressing people.”

[20:94] He said, “O son of my mother; do not pull me by my beard and my head. I was afraid that you might say, `You have divided the Children of Israel, and disobeyed my orders.’ “

Since Jesus was blessed since the day he was born is it safe to say that Jesus was closer on the spectrum of belief than most during the feud in the high society?

According to God certain prophets are closer to God than others, but this isn’t something that we can make distinctions regarding.

2:136, 2:285, 3:84, 4:150, 4:152

                           No Distinction Among God’s Messengers
[2:136] Say, “We believe in GOD, and in what was sent down to us, and in what was sent down to Abraham, Ismail, Isaac, Jacob, and the Patriarchs; and in what was given to Moses and Jesus, and all the prophets from their Lord. We make no distinction among any of them. To Him alone we are submitters.” 

            You Shall Not Make Any Distinction Among God’s Messengers
[2:285] The messenger has believed in what was sent down to him from his Lord, and so did the believers. They believe in GOD, His angels, His scripture, and His messengers: “We make no distinction among any of His messengers.” They say, “We hear, and we obey.* Forgive us, our Lord. To You is the ultimate destiny.”

Interesting that Mary, Jesus, and John were all described as pure.

[17:55] Your Lord is the best knower of everyone in the heavens and the earth. In accordance with this knowledge, we preferred some prophets over others. For example, we gave David the Psalms.

Was Jesus special for being born pure?

Mark 10:17 – 19
17 As Jesus started on his way, a man ran up to him and fell on his knees before him. “Good teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
18 “Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good—except God alone.
19 You know the commandments: ‘You shall not murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, you shall not defraud, honor your father and mother.’”

[19:19] He said, “I am the messenger of your Lord, to grant you a pure son.”

[19:12] “O John, you shall uphold the scripture, strongly.” We endowed him with wisdom, even in his youth.
[19:13] And (we endowed him with) kindness from us and purity, for he was righteous.

[3:42] The angels said, “O Mary, GOD has chosen you and purified you. He has chosen you from all the women.

Can you imagine how difficult it must seem for Mary at that time? It is thought provoking that one of the greatest miracles bestowed to mankind could appear to be such a disaster at the moment.

19:23 The birth process came to her by the trunk of a palm tree. She said, “(I am so ashamed;) I wish I were dead before this happened, and completely forgotten.”

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