Luke

Luke 1:38-56 Mary And Her Song Of Faith.

“Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word.” (v. 38) This was Mary’s response of faith to the word delivered by Gabriel. She followed up that belief with a visit to Elizabeth, because of the word spoken concerning her (v. 36, 39-40). She believed that “with God nothing will be impossible.” (v. 37) When Mary greeted Elizabeth she was filled with the Spirit and spoke the word, and John also leaped for joy (vv. 41-42a, 44)! Remarkably, Elizabeth confesses that Mary will be the mother of her Lord (vv. 42b-43)! Mary and the child would be blessed, Mary because she believed, “for there will be a fulfillment of those things which were told her from the Lord.” (v. 45 Cf. Jn. 20:29)

It is sometimes forgotten that the Lord used many women to author portions of scripture. Elizabeth’s words were recorded and here also Mary’s words and song. It is a song which declares the greatness of the Lord and His mercy. Mary acknowledged her need of the Savior (v. 47), and that she was but His maidservant (vv. 38, 48a). She also rejoiced that her confession would pass throughout the generations (v. 48b). Jesus made the point that the blessing rested on those who hear the word and keep it (Cf. 11:27-28). Mary’s blessed condition was not because of anything she had done, but it was solely because of His mercy (vv. 49-50 Cf. Ps. 103:17).

He exalts the humble, but the proud are brought low. The humble accept God’s word in faith, the proud trust in “the imagination of their hearts.” (vv. 51-52; Is. 40:10; Ps. 33:10; Prov. 3:34; I Pet. 5:5) Those who know they are hungry are filled (Cf. I Sam. 2:7-8; Mt. 5:6). Those who think they are rich in themselves are “sent away empty.” (v. 53) As Mary confessed, Jesus was coming in fulfillment of the promised Seed (vv. 54-55). This was the promise of Genesis 3:15 reiterated to Abraham and Israel of old (Gen. 17:7, 19; Ps. 132:11; Gal. 3:16; Rom. 11:28). There is a pattern for us to follow here. Hear the word, accept it by faith, act upon it, and praise the Lord for his mercy!

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