But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.
Reading this verse by itself, the first question that comes to mind, what were all these things Mary treasured and pondered them in her heart? Well first of all this chapter is about the birth of Jesus. Turns out Joseph had taken Mary with him to Bethlehem in response to a census order by Caesar Augustus.
6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7 and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.
Straight forward enough, but still does not answer our question about what all these things Mary treasured. Well, at the time of the birth there were shepherds out in the nearby fields keeping watch over their various flocks when an angel of the Lord appeared to them and greatly frightened them with the glory of the Lord shining all about them.
10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
That would have been enough, but God was not yet done for
13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
Then after all of this the shepherds decided to go see what they had just heard about from the angel and the great company of the heavenly host. In the manager they found Mary, Joseph, and the baby. It was there
17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them.
Now we know what were all these things Mary treasured and pondered them in her heart. It was all that had been told to the shepherds by the angel and the great company of the heavenly host. This she treasured and pondered in her heart. It is worth noting these are Mary’s thoughts that she kept a record of somehow and later shared with Luke or Paul. She already knew her child was not of earth but the Son of God and the further Savior of Israel from an earlier visit by an angel. The shepherds’ stories only seemed to confirm all of the past events (Jesus in the womb of Mary meeting the future John the Baptist in Elizabeth’s womb) for her to think on and ponder within her heart.
We know from scripture how Mary cared for and loved her son, eventually having some understanding of who and what He was. His first miracle with the disciples was instigated by Mary. Jesus was at a wedding feast when they ran out of wine.
3 When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine.”
4 “Woman, why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My hour has not yet come.”
5 His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”
They did as Jesus instructed and water was fetched and turned into wine. Read a bit further in John 2 to find out all about it. Now we are not a thirteen or fourteen year old girl who has just given birth with an incredible amount to ponder, but we still have much to ponder. We have much more knowledge with the gospels before us and the knowledge of it from our reading. What do we have in our hearts as we ponder?