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December 26, 2016

The Song Of Mary

Filed under: Church life,Idle Ramblings — pearsey @ 4:44 pm
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Christmas is a time to reflect on what happened that first Christmas day and the events in the lead up to that first Christmas.

In Luke 1:46-56, Mary comes before God and pours out her heart in praise. To put that into context though, we need to understand a bit about Mary.

Mary was betrothed to Joseph, but was still a virgin. She was then visited by the angel Gabriel, who told her she was highly favoured, the Lord was with her and she was blessed.  By that we can determine that Mary knew her God and that He was pleased with her.

Mary was told that she would conceive and give birth to the saviour of the world, even though she had not known a man. God also gives her a way of confirming it – by saying that Elizabeth was also with child.  As all of us would, the first thing Mary did was take off to see Elizabeth.  It’s here that we pick up Mary’s song.

The Song of Mary

46 And Mary said: “My soul magnifies the Lord, 47 And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior. 48 For He has regarded the lowly state of His maidservant; For behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed. 49 For He who is mighty has done great things for me, And holy is His name.  50 And His mercy is on those who fear Him From generation to generation.  51 He has shown strength with His arm; He has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.  52 He has put down the mighty from their thrones, And exalted the lowly.  53 He has filled the hungry with good things, And the rich He has sent away empty.  54 He has helped His servant Israel, In remembrance of His mercy, 55 As He spoke to our fathers, To Abraham and to his seed forever.” 56 And Mary remained with her about three months, and returned to her house.

Mary had a few things going against her. Her song alludes that she is from a lowly state, or low standing, or low class in the community.  She would have been looked down upon as she wasn’t married and had no child.  She was from a dodgy little outpost town with nothing more than maybe a pub or church (think of our little Aussie towns where you blink and you’d miss it).  She was also of Jewish descent – not a Roman citizen and the area was controlled by Rome.  But yet, God chooses this most unlikely person to work through.  Why?

There’s a few reasons.

Mary was someone who knew her God, not just knew of Him.

Luke 1:49-52 For He who is mighty has done great things for me, And holy is His name. And His mercy is on those who fear Him From generation to generation. He has shown strength with His arm; He has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.  He has put down the mighty from their thrones.

Mary knew God’s character: that He was worthy of her trust, was honest, fair, truthful, just, consistent and that He is who He says He is. She knew that He had done mighty things.

Mary was obedient and willing to trust God. “Let it be to me according to your word” – Luke 1:38.  She didn’t protest, reason or make excuses.  She just willingly cooperated and was willing to ignore any opposition that may come her way.  The Father knew that He could trust Mary and Joseph to bring up His son, even though she was inexperienced.

Mary was willing to pay the cost. “All generations will call me blessed” – Luke 1:48.  She gave up her reputation, endured ridicule and scorn and risked potential death by being stoned for adultery.  She was willing to pay the cost for future generations.

The interesting thing about Mary is, that if she had of declined, God would have found somebody else. It was the appointed time for the saviour.  The conditions were right in the world at the time.  Mary had some idea that her part to play was to have a larger influence, by acknowledging that all generations would cause her blessed.  But I don’t think she fully understood how her small part fitted into the bigger picture.  None of us do.  We need to be obedient without delay, because we don’t know the full effects.

God doesn’t take into account your standing or what class you are. It doesn’t matter if you’re looked down upon by others around you or if others have told you that “you could never do that”.  God looks for those who are available, obedient, who know Him and are willing to trust Him and pay the cost.  Be inspired – you can make a difference.  And the time is now!

Have a great Christmas.

 

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