December
06
Author
Ella Quayle
Advent - Part 2 | 'Mary Did You Know?'

"The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned. You have enlarged the nation and increased their joy; they rejoice before you as people rejoice at the harvest, as warriors rejoice when dividing the plunder. For as in the day of Midian’s defeat, you have shattered the yoke that burdens them, the bar across their shoulders, the rod of their oppressor. Every warrior’s boot used in battle and every garment rolled in blood will be destined for burning, will be fuel for the fire. For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the LORD Almighty will accomplish this." Isaiah 9:2-7.

Pentatonix Version -



Original Version - 





When I first heard "Mary did you know" by Pentatonix, I was so surprised at how powerful the song was. Alongside Pentatonix being phenomenal (in my humble opinion), the lyrics are incredible, as it shows the great things Jesus did on Earth, and I think this song really glorifies Him. Even though the lyrics are quite simple and straightforward, I think they hold so much significance and emphasize Jesus' power, sovereignty, majesty, and holiness.


In this blog, I will be giving a simple overlook of the lyrics of Mary Did You Know. There are so many characteristics of God to look at here but feel free to choose one or two to dive deeper into throughout the week.

More about the original song:
"Mary Did You Know" was recently written in 1984 by Mark Lowry and produced by Buddy Greene. Despite this song raising a bit of controversy in recent years (here are some links to articles that address this: https://jub.onl/3ImPuxg, https://jub.onl/31yHAA3 ) the songs powerful lyrics are full of such incredible power, as it addresses Mary, asking if she could ever realize/grasp the greatness of who her newborn baby was and what he would do. This is why I love this song, as it helps me re-focus on the greatness of God. 


Here is a helpful video of Mark Lowry (the writer) talking about the lyrics of the song - 

Verse 1 talks about some of the things that Jesus accomplished: "Mary, did you know that your baby boy would one day walk on water (Matthew 14:22-36)...would save our Sons and Daughters(Matthew 1:21, Ephesians 2:8-9 John 3:16)...Has come to make you new (Ephesians 2:10, 2 Corinthians 5:17) This child that you delivered, will soon deliver you" (Psalm 34: 4-5, Psalm 91:2-3, 2 Corinthians 1:10).

Even within the lines of this song, the writer unpacks so much of what God accomplished on Earth. Jesus' miracles of walking on water show His supernatural power. Verses two and four, talk more about the works of Jesus did:"Will give sight to a blind man" (John 9:1-12),"Will calm the storm with His hand" (Matthew 8:23-27), "The blind will see, the deaf will hear" (Mark 7:31-37) "The dead will live again" (John 11:1-44), "The lame will leap, the dumb will speak, the praises of the Lamb" (John 1:29).


The miracles Jesus accomplished don’t just show that Jesus is supernatural but they represent some of God's moral attributes. His kindness (Titus 3:4), compassion (Isaiah 30:18), mercy (Ephesians 2:4-5), grace (Psalm 145:17), goodness (Psalm 23:6) attentiveness (1 Peter 3:12), gentleness (Matthew 11:29), and patience (2 Peter 3:9).


Here is a video series by BibleProject that talks about some of the attributes of God, including compassion, faithfulness, and His loyal love. It’s a helpful video for all ages - 



God's omnipotence (Matthew 28:8) is further shown in verse 1 in the lines "save our sons and daughters... will soon deliver you". For someone to save, atone or deliver people, they must have higher authority and greatness, they must have something to offer that is greater, a way of redeeming, helping, setting free. To atone something is doing something "right" which makes up for something which was wrong. This lyric also helps remind us that we are sons and daughters of the great I AM. We have been delivered, atoned for, set free! What kind of King would love His people so much that even when we were still in rebellion, He came as the sacrificial lamb to set us free and deliver us?


Here is a video which talks about Jesus being our atonement, again this one is helpful for all ages -

In Verse 5 the writer talks more about Jesus' divinity and authority: "Mary, did you know that your baby boy is Lord of all creation? " (Psalm 24, Genisis 1:1). Part of God's character is that He's a creator (Gen1:1-2, John 1:3, Colossians 1:16). He made you and me and has supreme sovereignty over all things. In Psalm 139:13, it says: "For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well". This scripture reminds us that what God has made is wonderful, He does not make mistakes. Rejoice because He is a God who made you beautifully, exactly the way He wanted you! As we look at God's creation, we see how artistic, and omnific God is (being all-creating).


The verse carries on: "Would one day rule the nations?" (Psalm 46:10, 1 Corinthians 15:24-25, Revelation 11:15, Revelation 19:11-15). Part of God's identity is that He's a ruler, He reigns sovereign over all (1 Chronicles 29:11-12, 2 Chronicles 20:6, Philippians 2:9-11). He's the justest (Psalm 33:5), most humble (Philippians 2:6-11), most righteous (Psalm 89:14) King of all creation. He reigns over all our problems, situations, and insecurities. "I have told you these things so that in me you may have peace. In this world, you will have trouble but take heart I have overcome the world" John 16:33.


It continues: "Is heaven's perfect Lamb?" ( John 1:29, Revelation 7:17). Jesus is the perfect lamb of God because He sacrificed and shed His blood to make us holy and blameless in His sight. In the Old Testament, Jews would sacrifice "clean" animals to atone for their sins, but it wasn't a perfect sacrifice, as it had to be a continuous practice. Because Jesus is without fault, He became the ultimate sacrifice for all sin. This means there is no more need for any other sacrifice, Jesus paid the debt and fully mended the bond between God and mankind.


The writer ends verse 5 with the lyric: "That sleeping child you're holding is the great, I AM" (Exodus 3:15). The word "I AM" in Hebrew is ehyeh asher ehyeh. Ehyeh is the common singular first-person verb "to be". When used as a stand-alone description, I AM means, self-existence, self-sufficiency, and immediate presence. The presence of God is not dependant on people or circumstances. He is the eternal constant God. He stands, un-changeable, ever-present, utterly sufficient in Himself to accomplish what He wills to accomplish and to do what He wills to do. "I am the Alpha and the Omega says the Lord God, 'who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty" Revelation 1:8.

So just from this singular piece of music, there was so much to discover!


Even though there is a lot to look at, I would encourage you to take your time looking at one or two things from the song Mary Did You Know and dwell on it throughout the week. Perhaps ask God to speak to you through pictures, words, songs, phrases, people, ideas. Feel free to use your creativity (whatever that might look like) to express what you feel about God, as He speaks to you. 

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