He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. (Nope, that’s salvation from sin talk), This Child that you delivered will soon deliver you? On one side, proponents of the song champion its mystery, contemplation, and goosebump-inducing melody. And you know that this boy will be a king, the great messianic king coming out of the line of David. One side believes Mary DID know and the whole song is stupid and pointless. While the listeners (or readers) may not vocally respond to your question, the wheels inside their brains are turning – they’re retrieving memories, thinking about evidence, creating hypotheses, or brainstorming solutions. Created with the Imgflip Meme Generator. It’s the song church musicians love to hate, with that hatred intensifying over the past few years. Maybe she knew but I doubt it), Did you know that your baby boy has come to make you new? Mary didn’t know the full cost of saying Yes. I will not sell your information. It’s far better that we don’t know what life will bring us in 10 or 15 years. Now, let’s compare what we just read to the song itself. Perhaps if she had known she might not have said Yes. (Nope), And the sleeping Child you're holding is the great I Am? Consider how Jesus talks to His mom when she tells Him her problem. By the time he started his ministry, she knew he could miraculously solve the wine shortage at the wedding at Cana. You don’t know me, but I know you. Here’s the thing. At the foot of the Cross, Jesus told his mother that John was now her son. IMAGE DESCRIPTION: MARY DID YOU KNOW? To Mary, it really wouldn’t be clear what was being communicated here. She wasn’t anything special and God chose to use her. Mary had several sources of information about the baby she would bear. Note that rhetorical questions are also used to great effect in the Good Friday hymn, “Were You There When They Crucified My Lord?” That hymn doesn’t receive such widespread disapproval, probably because the rhetorical function of the questions is more obvious – although I did once hear an uninspiring sermon about how no, we weren’t there. Confused and disturbed, Mary tried to think what the angel could mean. And behold, your kinswoman Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son; and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren. You wouldn’t have known either. The answer is yes. Verse 1 starts with miracles and moves to salvation. This build-up is rhetorically powerful. How would Mary have known Jesus would do them? No…she did not know. Why were they there to get his attention? Note also how the verses build in their revelation of Jesus. Yes! And Jesus said to her, "Woman, what does this have to do with me? Just like the Twelve, Mary learned more about her son as time went along. If we are to love God with our whole being -- with our whole heart, soul, mind, and strength -- then surely we must love him with our imagination, too. Instead, the song invites us to ponder in our hearts, along with this greatest of saints, the mysteries of the Incarnation: how Jesus, being “in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men” (Phil 2:6-7). For whoever does the will of God, he is my brother and sister and mother." yes I did.” AND Scene. She cared for Jesus. This would definitely be recognized by any Jew as a claim of Jesus being the prophesied Messiah. Jesus would be given the throne of David. Making the meme circuit again this Christmas is a new classic that takes on the almost-30-year-old question: Mary, did you know? Mark 4, Walked Where Angels Trod? The song “Mary, Did You Know?” can be understood in an orthodox manner. He will be the very Son of God, born in human flesh–your own flesh and blood. It makes no sense. It makes her that much more awesome. --Yes, she had an inkling from what Gabriel told her that Jesus was going to be the cause of strong feelings on the part of many, even dividing groups of people. Did you know that your baby boy has walked where angels trod? The song informs them (and reminds us!) Sometimes we say, “I wish I knew what the future holds for me.” But you really don’t want to know. Recently, I found out that some think the song might be considered Mansplaining as explained by the satire site BabylonBee. One side believes Mary DID know and the whole song is stupid and pointless. Did you know that your baby boy is Heaven's perfect Lamb? You might think Gabriel would say, “Hello Mary. Matthew 14, Sight to a Blind Man? - Grumpy Orthodox Cat The meme assumes the song asks questions in order to answer each of them with a no. 26 In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, 27 to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. Does that mean the meme is wrong? hotkeys: D = random, W = upvote, S = downvote, A = back. Mark: “Mary, did you know?” Mary: “yes. In the spirit of the song, then, let’s explore what Mary knew at Jesus’ birth. Luke 1:30-33, 35 answers this clearly: “And the … Mary would not know exactly. Lastly, no one expected the Messiah to die at the hands of the Romans. Jesus was in the middle of confronting the religious teachers about the impact of sin and demons and Mary and her sons tried to get him to stop speaking and come with them. It’s clear from all four Gospels that no one accurately foresaw the entirety of God’s plan of salvation, of Jesus being sacrificed as the Lamb of God in order to make believers new. Exactly! “Son” as in second person of the Trinity or “son” as in “created/procreated” by God? They create a framework for new information. In fact, you don’t know this, but you are favored highly by God, and He is with you.” It wasn’t time for Jesus to being His ministry yet. The Lord is with you.’ Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be.” Luke 1:28-29, NIV. The song contains a mixture of things that Mary would and would not have known in varying degrees about Jesus, but ultimately that’s beside the point. (Mary, did you know? It's not true. other. Here are the lyrics: Mary, did you know that your baby boy would one day walk on water? Merriam-Webster Dictionary has two relevant definitions: to be aware of the truth or factuality of. I'm the Pastor at Tumwater First Baptist in Washington. I was surprised to discover that many people genuinely dislike the song for theological reasons. Gabriel told Mary that her son was the divine Son of God and the messianic King of David’s line. The song invites people to feel about Jesus the way his mother Mary felt. If Mary really believed that Jesus was the “great I AM” wouldn’t she believe He had power over life and death? Let’s be honest, deep down, we think that God’s plan for us is a little insane. “Mary Did You Know?” asks if Mary knew her son would perform miracles. Didn’t she know? My hour has not yet come." It treats her like a clueless child... Could you imagine a song asking Abraham 17 times if he knew he'd be the father of a great nation? Mary was likely present at the birth the child of who would be later known as John the Baptist. We can conclude that Mary supposed Jesus would fulfill common first-century Jewish messianic expectations, particularly those of deliverance and salvation. Yes, you did. Mary, did you know? Do you believe Mary knew who Jesus was and what He was going to do? Catholics believe that Mary did indeed need to be delivered from sin. In Luke 1, Gabriel appeared to Mary and said, "Greetings favored woman! Matt 24:36)! She even thought He was insane! Notice there’s a lot Gabriel didn’t tell Mary. Nashotah House Chapter2777 Mission RoadNashotah, Wisconsin 53058. Curiosity and interest. On the other, those proficient with memes sarcastically remind unsuspecting Facebook scrollers that Mary did indeed know because the angel Gabriel told … While it’s true she certainly knew who Jesus was, Mary was not omniscient and may not have known everything Jesus would do. Every Advent, a meme floats around social media about the song “Mary Did You Know?” For those of you who don’t fritter away your time scrolling through Facebook like I do, here it is: The meme refers to the Christmas song “Mary Did You Know?” If you’ve never heard it, you must do all your Christmas shopping online. Let this happen to me as you say!” Then the angel went away. Do you like, or even love, the contemporary Christmas song “Mary, Did You Know?” Good — so do I. Gabriel said you were highly favored by God and this troubled you. Yes, Mary knew. Mary, did you know that your baby boy would save our sons and daughters? Traditionally, religious imagination has focused more on the crucifixion, but there is no reason it should not be applied to the nativity as well. The song consists of a series of questions hypothetically posed to Mary, the mother of Jesus. Like everyone during that time frame, she had a very limited understanding of the work of Jesus and His mission. Who does that? Let’s look at what Gabriel told her at the Annunciation (Luke 1:26-37, RSV): Hail, O favored one, the Lord is with you! (John 2:2-5 ESV). But what kind of deliverance and salvation would she have expected? Indeed, one of the most well-known rhetorical questions -- “Is the Pope Catholic?” -- assumes a yes. He will be the very Son of God, born in human flesh–your own flesh and blood. 38 Mary said, “I am the servant girl of the Lord. Michael English’s Mary, Did You Know is a worthy Christmas song. Do we really expect any teenage child being able to perfectly understand every theological nuance of the person and mission of Jesus Christ? Not everyone knows a lot about Jesus. Consider this next thought: if Mary believed that Jesus could forgive sins and was here to save mankind, would Mary have tried to stop Jesus from His work? Indeed, this song encourages religious imagination. He was supposed to lead a rebellion, not get killed. According to what Gabriel said, Mary would know…. God as a helpless human infant – how can that even be possible? Evoke emotion. That’s the fun of it. To save time here’s a random sampling- Walk on water? Out of any human being, she had the greatest impact on Jesus, teaching Him and loving Him. No, Mary did not know the way in which her “Yes” to God was also, as Karl Barth says, the beginning of God’s final, once-for-all “No” to sinful humanity. Please do not let the name scare you off. For others the hope was for a priestly figure who would restore pure worship. While Mark does not give us a nativity story, the beginning of his Gospel nevertheless provides scripture’s clearest answer to Mark Lowry’s question. It is hard to say “you know” when you consider the Lord of all creation insane, just saying. (Yes, this is Messiah talk), Did you know that your baby boy is heaven's perfect Lamb? She would have known Isaiah’s prophecy of the Messiah’s Kingdom, where “the eyes of the blind shall be opened,” “the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped,” “the lame shall leap like a deer, and the tongue of the dumb sing” (35:5-6). And the angel answered her, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy-- the Son of God.” (Luke 1:31-35 ESV). Here the answer is definitely yes. The Lord is with you!" Mary, did you know all this? And yes the answer to the question “Mary did you know?” is YES, she knew, Gabriel told her! The song prompts us to consider how we can love Jesus so completely. 31 You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. Christianity for noobs, pros, and everyone in between. The meme refers to the Christmas song “Mary Did You Know?” If you’ve never heard it, you must do all your Christmas shopping online. As even the most ardent Marian devotee should agree, Mary was not omniscient during her earthly life – heck, even Jesus wasn’t omniscient (cf. Mary, you knew that your baby boy would save our sons and daughters. And you know that this boy will be a king, the great messianic king coming out of the line of David. What would it be like to be with the baby Jesus? A Crucifixion Yes From Mary. Caption this Meme. It compels us to see Mary as a human being, who knew a few things about the things her Son Jesus would do, treasuring the things she saw and heard in her heart (Luke 2:19 and Luke 2:51). (Probably, but not definite), And when you kiss your little baby you've kissed the face of God? Instead connect with her. (Nope), Did you know that your baby boy has walked where angels trod? Mary’s Song: “Yes, I Freakin’ Knew” December 16, 2020 James F. McGrath Patheos Explore the world's faith through different perspectives on religion and spirituality! Jesus on numerous occasions said He was going to die and rise again. A blessed Advent and Feast of the Incarnation to you all! Lutheran writer Holly Scheer said, "Anyone who has even a slight familiarity with the biblical account of Christ's conception and birth shouldn't need to ask if Mary knew, because the Bible plainly tells us she did." You know, Mary, that this son will be no ordinary child. The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy, the Son of God. And looking about at those who sat around him, he said, "Here are my mother and my brothers! (Depends on her understanding of Son of God), Oh Mary did you know that your baby boy is Lord of all creation? (Probably not), Mary did you know that your baby boy will one day rule the nations? "Did you know that your baby boy is heaven's perfect Lamb?This sleeping child you're holding is the great I AM!" The lame will leap, the dumb will speak the praises of the Lamb! Mary, Did You Freaking Know? This view point is supported by Lutherans, Baptists, and Catholics alike. Mary thought Jesus was “out of his mind”. Adults can’t even understand it all. She is employed as an analyst at a consulting firm and is a member of Church of the Epiphany Anglican. As for miracles, healings are part of Old Testament messianic prophecy (e.g., Isa 35:5-6), so Mary may have expected those. She did not understand His mission. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there will be no end. It seems to be the cool thing this year to trash the song “Mary Did You Know?” and say, “Yes she knew, Gabriel told her…” or “Look at Matthew 1-2, or Luke 1-2, etc… But honestly, look at the lyrics of the song, then go back and read through what the Scripture teaches. (1) https://courtroomlogic.com/2019/04/23/rhetorical-questions/(2) David Wenham and Steve Walton, Exploring the New Testament: A Guide to the Gospels and Acts, Vol. Luke 1:26-35 is a conversation between the angel Gabriel and Mary. Also, for those of us in the Anglo-Catholic tradition, the song is brand-spanking new, having been originally recorded by Michael English in 1991. “And when his family heard it, they went out to seize him, for they were saying, "He is out of his mind." As I see it, the theological objection expressed by the meme has two major flaws: 1) it misjudges the rhetorical effect of the song and 2) although it intends to be a biblical corrective, it’s also biblically inaccurate. Sign up to receive occasional news and updates. now stop asking. You see, I’m an angel, and I have been sent from God to give you the most wonderful message. She was human. The Lord is with you!" Let’s dig deeper into the effect of the song’s questions. Yes, Mary knew she was having God’s Son. Elizabeth then told Mary, “What an honor this is, that the mother of my Lord should visit me!” Yes, Mary knew. memes. It is simply my interpretation. Treasured literally means “to keep in mind.” “And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. (Mark 3:31-35 ESV). Artist: UncagedVocals: JBGuitars: JBLyrics: Mark LowryMusic: Buddy GreeneRecorded: 2017I own no rights to this song. John leaped in Elizabeth’s womb when Mary greeted her. As Mary treasured the news about Jesus, we too can marinate on the message of Jesus this Christmas. Many – perhaps most – Jews looked for a military leader who would lead the fight to drive the Romans from the land. For those of you who remain unconvinced, I made a meme you can share this Lent for the hymn “Were You There When They Crucified My Lord?”: Jane Burkett holds an MDiv from Nashotah House (2013) and a ThM in Biblical Studies from Duke Divinity School (2015). (Nope), Mary did you know that your baby boy would save our sons and daughters? Gabriel, no less. Mary, did you know that your baby boy will give sight to a blind man? The song invites us to ponder the mysteries of the Incarnation from Mary’s point of view. Did that help? Christians are divided over it. Mary may have known he was divine, but she didn’t understand all the implications. For with God nothing will be impossible. When the wine ran out, the mother of Jesus said to him, "They have no wine." It highlights three important functions of rhetorical questions: Rhetorical questions create opportunities for engagement and participation. That's what they're saying. Song: Did you know that your baby boy has … Add Meme. Confused and disturbed, Mary tried to think what the angel could mean. A summary of what Mary could have known is in the following table. Now, you have to admit, that this would be a strange greeting. Your ultimate resource on the “Mary, Did You Know?” controversy! And a crowd was sitting around him, and they said to him, "Your mother and your brothers are outside, seeking you." Because the song is very did, you know no people are saying yes, we are mark you're stupid for even asking. First, there’s a concern the song falsely claims Mary did not know who Jesus was, when the Bible says that the angel Gabriel told her. Show More Comments. The child would be considered holy which means set apart. The song “Mary Did You Know?” has been recently picking up a lot of controversy. 1 (Intervarsity Press: Downers Grove, IL 2001), 37. Look at how flat and preachy the song becomes when we change the sentences to indicative: Mary, you knew that your baby boy would one day walk on water. Song: Mary did you know that your baby boy would give sight to a blind man? Yes, 'Mary Did You Know' asks a rhetorical question, but does so while communicating well-known truths about Jesus and his glory. Christians are divided over it. She didn't know. “But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. She believed the word of God. But did she know that at his birth? God’s plan is perfect and he uses people who “do not know”. Also, for those of us in the Anglo-Catholic tradition, the song is brand-spanking new, having been originally recorded by Michael English in 1991. And Mary said to the angel, "How will this be, since I am a virgin?" While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling apparel.” (Luke 24:1-4 ESV). (2). This view point is supported by Lutherans, Baptists, and … Why does the song consist entirely of questions? And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. And evidence with an emotional element can be extremely persuasive.(1). Mary, did you know that your baby boy is Lord of all creation? When jurors begin to personally connect with the issues, facts, and events, they often become more emotionally invested in the story. We may not be able to completely identify with Mary, but most people know what it’s like to love a child; it’s like having your heart outside your body. You can buy Hayley's Christmas album "Winter Magic" from Amazon and major record shops, and on iTunes! But it’s just as well that she didn’t. gifs. That sleeping child you're holding is the great I AM? “The angel went to her and said, ‘Greetings, you who are highly favored! She know that she had found favor with God. Mary: Not specifically, but I wasn’t exactly surprised, given what Gabriel told me about Jesus, and what my older cousin’s husband prophesied concerning their son John. Yes, I know they are joking. As the meme says, “A freaking angel came and told her!” It says so right here in Luke 1:30-33 “ 30 But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. (Nope), Mary did you know that your baby boy would calm a storm with His hand? This virgin birth would require a supernatural action of the Holy Spirit. Did you know that your baby boy has come to make you new? You said the meme was the Mary did you know in the cards and then Gabriel told me maybe Gabriel made her draw four. Yes, you did. Mary told the story I saw a uh I saw a meme the other day it's based on the song Mary Did you know a very popular song that uh that most of us have probably heard a dozen times already this season and it was based on that and said, you know Mary did you know and the response well? ), The blind will see, the deaf will hear, the dead will live again. Add Image. It is one of the friendliest communities I've seen. Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. (Saved from sin or just rescued from Rome? When you kiss your little baby, you kiss the face of God? You would have been along for the ride watching the Great I AM save mankind. Flip Settings. Even with Simeon’s prophecy that a sword would pierce Mary’s heart (Luke 2:35), how could Mary have known what form that piercing would take? My commentary is in parenthesis. She was delivered from ever having any stain of sin on her soul from the very moment of her conception. Indeed, the crucifixion and resurrection were such a huge departure from messianic expectations that the disciples had trouble believing them, and Judaism’s theology had to be rethought, work which Paul later did. Why should she have showed up to the grave with the other ladies? But while walking on water and calming the storm are things God does in the Old Testament and therefore demonstrations of Jesus’ divinity (see Richard Hays’ Reading Backwards), these actions were not associated with any prophecy. Things aren’t quite that simple, of course. Mark knows his bible, pick me a line, any line from the song and it is based in scripture. You will have to verify you signed up on your own email account. Jesus was the “Son” of God. Mary, did you know that your baby boy would one day rule the nations? Verse 2 starts with miracles and moves to Jesus’ divinity. Because the angel told you. Mary did you know that your baby boy would one day walk on water? A framework for new information. (Mark 3:21 ESV). YES, GABRIEL TOLD ME EVERYTHING LUKE 1:30-33 . she did. And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. I believe the song performs all three functions. When she rebuked him, the boy replied, “How is it that you sought me? (article link). Pondering this great mystery is a time-honored spiritual practice that helps form our minds into the mind of Christ, making us into little Christs, i.e., Christians. yes, Of course, Gabriel told me. It glorifies Jesus as the One who would perform miracles and sacrifice Himself for us. The second significant “Yes” is the author’s guess at another Virgin Mary “Yes.” This is a guess because this “Yes” is not recorded in Holy Scripture. Mary, did you know that your baby boy will calm the storm with his hand? And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end." (If referring to the Messiah as king, yes, salvation on the cross for sins, no. Mary did not know and guess what? Mary’s own hopes for the Messiah, as reflected in the Magnificat (Luke 1:46-55), center around what we would call social justice concerns. Because the angel told you. You know, Mary, that this son will be no ordinary child. The song “Mary Did You Know?” has been recently picking up a lot of controversy. Mary, did you know all this? And he answered them, "Who are my mother and my brothers?" We don’t know but God does. In Luke 1, Gabriel appeared to Mary and said, "Greetings favored woman! Indeed, imaginative meditation is a time-honored Christian practice designed to draw us closer to God. A closer look at the semantic range of the word “know” will be helpful. John 9, Calm a storm? Caption this Meme. She raised Jesus. Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?” The answer is obviously no, she didn’t. If Mary knew about Jesus’ divinity in the first sense, but not completely in the second, when Jesus was 12, we can infer that at the time of his birth she was only beginning to understand who he was and what he would do. She was told all throughout her pregnancy. What awe and wonder to hold God in your hands and look into his eyes! In other words, she knew, but also didn’t know. She resides in Northern Virginia with her hairless dog, who likes Virginia’s winters a lot better than Wisconsin’s. Mary did you know that your baby boy would calm a storm with his hand? In pharisaic circles there seem to have been a hope for a legal and prophetic figure who would introduce true interpretation of the Torah. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. Set apart from sin or set apart for a special purpose from God? The bridge recounts more miracles, and then the song climaxes with verse 3, which is entirely about Jesus’ divinity and kingdom. The other side believes she didn’t know and thinks the song is for meditation and inviting people into the special relationship between Mary and baby Jesus. “Jesus also was invited to the wedding with his disciples. about who Jesus is and what he has done in a thought-provoking and poetic way. Now, let’s take a look at the Bible. So the next time you are asked to sing “Mary, did you know?” don’t get caught up with the pompous teachers and arrogant memes. As can be seen, Mary was likely to have known only about half of the song’s lines, and even of those she likely had varying levels of understanding. THIS IS MARY – THIS IS YOU. It’s a battle as old as the ’90s and is a threatening schism. It’s a key aspect of Ignatian spirituality, and monastics like the Dominicans and Franciscans have used it for centuries. (Probably not). When Jesus was 12, Mary spent three whole days searching for her son in Jerusalem and was astonished to find him in the temple conversing with the teachers (Luke 2:41-51). Mary, did you know? ), Mary did you know that your baby boy would give sight to the blind man? This is a strange assumption, since many rhetorical questions assume the answer is yes. Jesus entrusted the beloved disciple under the care of Mary. An internet search on the function of rhetorical questions brought me to Courtroom Logic Consulting’s website (courtroomlogic.com), which is dedicated to helping trial lawyers develop persuasive strategies. There’s nothing about miracles, healings, the Lamb of God, or salvation. Post Comment. Use of a rhetorical question can help set the stage for what’s to come … [giving] the jury a brief moment of time to consider possible answers. 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