The occasion was a dinner party honoring Jesus in the home of a well-to-do religious leader. Such homes were typically built around a courtyard. Entertaining took place in the courtyard with dinner guests reclining on couches around a low table.
Imagine what it must have been like for Mary to suddenly have an angel appear to her. She was a very young woman in a culture that respected age and often demeaned women. She seemed a least likely candidate for an angelic visit.
In A.D. 354 in Tagast, Algeria, a son was born to a pagan father and a Christian woman. Augustine grew up to be a heavy burden on his mother’s heart. He drank heavily and was sexually promiscuous. Today we might call him a sex addict.
Danny Simpson was a 24-year old bank robber from Ottawa, Canada. He must have really needed money to commit armed robbery for only $6,000. He was arrested, tried, convicted and sentenced to six years in prison.