Note:  Elisabeth described Mary as the most blessed among women. This title is given to God, the Messiah. Greater Acquaintance M.B. In response to Elisabeth’s words of blessing, this verse says, Mary’s words here begin a beautiful song of praise and exaltation to the Lord called the “, .”  It’s similar to Hannah’s song of praise (see I Samuel 2:1-10). God sometimes confirms His Word and promises to us through the lives of other believers. In other words, Mary shows us that she knows Scripture as she sings this song. And Mary said: “My soul glorifies the Lord 47. and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, 48. for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant. And He is worthy of all our praise for that fact alone. She did not remain a virgin after bearing Jesus, for she had other children (see Matthew 12:46; 13:55). Just as Mary is, Hannah was singing a song of praise for the child God was giving her. The exact lineage of how Mary and Elizabeth were related is uncertain. This type of reversal comes through the strong “arm” of God. His goodness and mercy should evoke a heart that rejoices; a heart that wants to sing of His praises. That same strength can remove rulers from their thrones and move people in lowly circumstances to exalted positions. God was working out His purpose for and through Mary. In this way, Mary honors God and she honors God with her belief. The phrase, indicates that Mary understood the power of God, and recognized His use of that power in what He was doing for, with, and through her. Mary’s Song Of Praise To God Jesus’ Life: Chapter 2 – Jesus’ Birth And Childhood Imagine a couple planning their wedding but then an Angel from God telling the woman that, by Divine power, she would conceive a Son from the Holy Spirit before her wedding day. In her song Mary sings of the future when, finally, God’s justice will come about. He condescends to Mary's lowliness and does a great thing for her: he makes her the mother of God! Brian earned a D.Min. There are clear connections between these two upcoming births: And then Luke recorded Mary’s visit to Elizabeth where the two women shared their amazing news with each other. Mary knew that she had no right to God’s favor and that she certainly had not earned the privilege of bearing the Messiah. Jesus is often seen touching the leper (see Luke 5:12-15), loving the lonely and feeding “the hungry” (see Luke 9:12-17). (Eph 5:18, 5:20.) MARY'S SONG OF GOD'S REDEMPTIVE ACTS. In verse 46, Mary says, “My soul doth magnify the Lord…” Magnify means to praise highly, to celebrate in praise, to render or esteem glorious. Townsend and Boyd’s Commentaries title this week’s lesson “The Lord is With You”. 1. This verse says “He hath shewed strength with his arm; he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.”  Mary’s song of praise shows that God takes the world’s values and expectations and turns them upside down. 1. In a sense, the unborn Jesus, the Messiah of Israel and His forerunner John, were together for the first time. This verse continues to say “And entered into the house of Zacharias, and saluted Elisabeth.”  When Mary finally arrived at the home of “Zacharias” and “Elizabeth,” she “saluted Elisabeth.”  In other words, Mary greeted “Elizabeth” upon arriving at their home. “Juda” or Judea included Jerusalem and the “hill country” surrounding it. She. Brian, his wife Tara, and their three children, Joshua, Hannah, and Caleb, live in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. For behold, from now on all generations (H)will call me blessed; 49 for (I)he who is mighty (J)has done great things for me, It’s hard not to feel pride when you are chosen, and rejection when you are not. This was probably the greatest sense of joy she had ever experienced! Mary traveled many miles to visit Elisabeth after her angelic visit. Psalm 40:3, for instance, says: “He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God.” This verse indicates that not only is music a beautiful way to praise God, but that He has actually gifted us with music for this reason. From now on all generations will call me blessed, 49. for the Mighty One … [99 in :99], “The Mission Begins”: Weekly Leader Training—Unit 29, Session 3: Trusting in the Gospel of Jesus, “The Mission Begins”: Preschool & Kids Leader Training for Unit 29, Session 3—The Good News, The Gospel Project for Kids Key Changes for the 2021-2024 Cycle. Yesterday I wrote about Mary’s praise for God’s preserving character, but today I want to focus on her praise for God’s mercy. For Mary, God's name is wonderful because His character is true. Mary knew the Scriptures. In other words, every future generation would recognize and honor her. God can easily overturn man’s achievements whenever He wants to. It also revealed her deep understanding of the Old Testament Scriptures as does her entire Magnificat. If you continue to look through the following verse, you will see Mary mentions God over and over again as she continues to praise Him and doesn’t really mention herself at all. (vs. 44). I follow the personal study guide but don’t find any such info there. B. Mary arrives at the home of Elizabeth (Luke 1:40). Malachi, the last prophet of Israel prophesied during the 5th century. The Magnificat: Praise for God's Salvation for His People (Luke 1:49-55) While the first section of Mary's psalm of praise gives praise to God, the second recounts some of the examples of God's saving acts towards Israel: "His mercy extends to those who fear him, from generation to generation. Mary immediately decided to pay Elisabeth a visit (see Luke 1:39). The Hail Mary (Latin: Ave Maria) is a traditional Scripture-based Christian prayer of praise for and petition to the Blessed Virgin Mary.Since the sixteenth century, the Roman Catholic version of the prayer closes with an appeal for her intercession.Largely based on two phrases in the Gospel of Luke, the prayer takes different forms in various traditions. (vs. 47). Before Mary became the wife of Joseph, an intense longing possessed her for communion with Elizabeth. Your email address will not be published. Sisters, and all Saints of the Most High God, let us hear these words and draw courage for they were written for all who put their trust in the Lord! ... December 22, 2019. My soul praises the greatness of the Lord. You did not have to bless us but You did. We know that God, being Spirit does not possess literal arms. This figure of speech is used to portray His power and strength for doing whatever He chooses to do. For he hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden: for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed” (Luke 1:47-48). from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and is currently earning a Ph.D. from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. In the Scriptures, the Hebrew word hesed is usually translated “lovingkindness” (see Psalms 17:7; 48:9; 63:3; 92:2). What does it mean that God is merciful? God chose Mary to birth the Savior of the world. Thus, she was moved to … (vs. 42). Mary knew that she had no right to God’s favor and that she certainly had not earned the privilege of bearing the Messiah. We must never strip away Mary’s Jewishness from her. In response to Elisabeth’s words of blessing, this verse says “And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord.”  Mary’s words here begin a beautiful song of praise and exaltation to the Lord called the “Magnificat.”  It’s similar to Hannah’s song of praise (see I Samuel 2:1-10). Luke 1:46-56 And Mary said:“My soul magnifies the Lord, 47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior. For sure, nothing should be taken away from Mary’s reputation, but nothing should be added either. Mary was confessing her personal need of salvation. She had no wealth or social status. She said, she recognized that before God she was nothing more than a, that is a female slave. THE MAGNIFICAT is Mary’s hymn of praise to God, as expressed in the Gospel of Luke¹.It is the oldest Marian hymn and one of the earliest Christian hymns. Mary offered a hymn of praise to God as she and Elizabeth greeted each other. Her words reflect the form of Old Testament poetry, and almost completely quote or allude to the Jewish Scriptures. She also alludes to Hannah’s song found in 1 Samuel. She had seen God’s mercy in her people’s history and in her own. Why has something so good happened to me?”  With her question, Elisabeth recognized how honored she was to be visited by the mother of her, knowing that she had done nothing to deserve it. B. Mary praises God for His grace and holiness (Luke 1:48-49). MARY’S SONG OF PRAISE (Luke 1:46-55) 46. This page is dedicated to our daily devotions and any prayer needs that you may have. He was preparing the way for the entrance of Jesus the Messiah (see Luke 3:3-4). He would lift up the lowly. (vs. 41). often refers to God, and Jesus was certainly God, here Elisabeth no doubt was affirming that Mary’s child was the Messiah. What is indicated is that this visit with Elizabeth would encourage and strengthen “Mary” for the difficult challenges that were ahead of her. Mary was blessed because at that very moment the Christ Child was developing in her body. (vs. 43). A blessing for Mary’s presence (Luke 1:43-44). PRAISE AND THE WORLD AS GOD INTENDS IT TO BE Mary sings of the world as God intends it to be, of God's kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven, of tearing down walls that divide, and of a table shared by all without hoarding or maneuvering for status. out in a song of praise when God reveals and fulfills His promises in the lives of them that are His. Listed then is a Family Reading Plan with scriptures for the week. WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW AND UNDERSTAND This passage of Scripture is the epitome of what the human reaction should be in light of God’s blessings. We thank you for visiting our Sunday School Ministry. How do you seek to stay humble and grateful for God’s grace in your life? She is rejoicing because that time is finally at hand for the long-awaited promise to come to pass and she is to be personally involved. 2. VI. Even before he was born, John was performing the function that God had given him. Mary praises the Lord with her soul and she now has joy in her spirit. 46 And Mary said, (A)“My (B)soul (C)magnifies the Lord, 47 (D)and my (E)spirit rejoices in (F)God my Savior, 48 for (G)he has looked on the humble estate of his servant. And it is through His humble obedience that we can be saved when we trust in Him. Mary was probably reminded of Psalms 111:9 which says “He sent redemption unto his people: he hath commanded his covenant for ever, holy and reverend is his name.”  It’s quite common in the Word of God to read of people recognizing the awesome, holiness of God. We need to take our kids to Jesus. Just as Mary was sustained by His promise, so too, all God’s people can be encouraged by God’s faithfulness to His word. Then we see our sinfulness in light of the holiness and beauty of God and our need of salvation. By sending the Messiah as Mary’s son, God was fulfilling His promises to a nation that otherwise would have no hope. Catholic author Sonja Corbitt on Mary's hymn of praise to God and her book "Exalted" by Jon Leonetti published on 2019-11-26T16:37:11Z. By sending the Messiah as Mary’s son, God was fulfilling His promises to a nation that otherwise would have no hope. God had a history of helping His people and He still does today. He can promote those of humble circumstances. Mary, a humble woman and engaged to Joseph, on hearing that she would give … Continue reading "Mary’s Song Of Praise To God" Our final verse says “And Mary abode with her about three months, and returned to her own house.” Here we are told that “Mary” stayed with Elisabeth for 3 months. This is a remarkable song that could fit well among the psalms or in the writings of the Hebrew prophets. Mary was a sinner in need of God's saving grace as are all of us who were born in sin. Praise God through songs that glorify Him. God has promised to bring about His rule on earth and to bring the rule of man to an end. Even after Elizabeth had just shared how blessed Mary was, Mary’s immediate... Mary rejoiced in God’s plan of salvation, which included saving her. The Holy Spirit who filled Elisabeth obviously had communicated this knowledge to her. Mary's Praise. Both these holy women were subjects of peculiar grace; both subjects of a miracle. When Mary Look for the ways that God is at work in your life. In last week’s lesson the angel Gabriel revealed to Mary that she was going to be personally involved in the life of the coming Messiah. Not at all! God reigns. A Song of Praise. Still speaking to Mary, Elisabeth said in this verse “And blessed is she that believed: for there shall be a performance of those things which were told her from the Lord.”  The word “blessed” here is different from the one used in verse 42. Mary’s will is caught up in God’s will. Mary reflects the deep and abiding hope of the people of Israel, that God’s salvation will come to birth and bring justice to the land as a whole. Go back to your childhood playground and remember what it was like to be chosen early—or first!—for kickball. Notice the personal touch Mary gives her praise. He can promote those of humble circumstances. The, often refers to one’s responsible choice or basic personal attitude (see Psalms 77:6; Isaiah 66:2; Psalms 34:18; Proverbs 16:18). Being “filled with the Spirit” is a special endowment given by God to enable a believer to accomplish a special task (see Acts 2:4; 4:29) for a special assignment or duty as in the Old Testament. III. Praise is all about God. When away from church I don’t get a bulletin with these scriptures but would appreciate keeping up on the reading. Zacharias didn’t believe Gabriel’s message, so God took away his ability to speak until what was prophesied by Gabriel came to pass (see Luke 1:20-22). But Elizabeth was from the tribe of Levi and Mary was from the tribe of Judah. Then this aged saint went on to reassure Mary that “there shall be a performance of those things which were told her from the Lord.”  In other words, the Lord would indeed keep all the promises He had made to Mary which included everything she was told by the angel Gabriel (see Luke 1:31-33). When she said “He hath shewed strength with his arm” she recognized the forceful way that God humbles those who are high and exalts those who are low. Tweet-A-Licious! Mary’s Song. When Mary spoke of rejoicing in God she expressed a sudden surge of great happiness. Mary joins with the magnificent praise of the angels on how God was about to change the case of history. And so she pours out this song of praise, but when she does it, she does it with phrase after phrase of Scripture. After the angel told Mary that her relative Elizabeth had miraculously conceived a son (see Luke 1:36), “Mary” quickly left Nazareth and went to see her. Recommended tracks Fr. Now we move back to the second section, verses 48–49a. In this verse Mary continues to say “And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.”  Not only did Mary’s soul magnify or enlarge the Lord, but she also proclaimed that “my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.”  Although the words “soul” and “spirit” are both often used to refer to one’s innermost being, the Scriptures sometimes indicate a difference. 49 For He who is mighty has done great things for me, And holy… Features Pricing Upload Sermon Get started for FREE. A blessing for Mary and her son (Luke 1:41-42). In fact, this is often called the Hymn of the Incarnation. C. A blessing for Mary’s faith (Luke 1:45). 1. This response from John in his mother’s “womb” was no doubt initiated by the “Holy Spirit,” for Gabriel had told Zacharias that John would be filled with the Holy Spirit even in Elisabeth’s “womb” (see Luke 1:15). Those of us who have received Jesus as our Saviour are “them that fear him.”  He has put in our hearts the awe and respect for Him that we didn’t have when we were lost. What an encouraging (and convicting!) The longest quote from Jesus’ mother was recorded in St. Luke’s Gospel: a hymn of praise to God, inspired by her encounter with her kinswoman St. Elizabeth. Mary saw God as remembering His mercy, so in this verse she said “As he spake to our fathers, to Abraham, and to his seed for ever.”  This is a reference to the covenant that God made with “Abraham, and to his seed for ever.”  This of course was the Abrahamic Covenant (see Genesis 12:1-3) where God promised to give the land of Canaan to him and to his “seed” or his descendants. 50-53 Mary's hymn becomes more animated when she sings of God's glorious deeds of redemption and of His omnipotence, holiness, and mercy. That the Son of God would willingly give up His life for sinful rebels like you and me should always cause our jaws to drop. God had a history of helping His people and He still does today. The praise of Mary, frankly, is a classic example of pure worship. Mary’s Song of Praise, found in Luke 1:46-56, is a response of a young girl who was facing a tremendous challenge in her life; a challenge that could only be met with God’s presence, God’s word and God’s power. C. Mary praises God for His mercy (Luke 1:50). Mary glorified God in song for what he was going to do for the world through her! It was due to the privileged role that God had chosen her to play in His program of redemption. After Zacharias finished his term serving in the temple, he returned to his own house (see Luke 1:23). In addition to her faithfulness to Israel’s law, the fact that Mary was honored by God above all other women to be the mother of Jesus, also testified to her nobility of character and purity of heart. When you are chosen for something—especially if you are the first one or only one chosen—it is easy to believe you were chosen because you are good—or the best—at that for which you were chosen. This is what Mary said: On this, the fourth Sunday of Advent, we light the candle of love. First, it is a description of what God had already done (Luke 1:68-75), and, secondly, it is a description of what God intended to do (Luke 1:76-79). Then remember what it may have been like to be chosen last—or even given to the other team! Mary also displayed a heart of humility. Note:  Mary’s song of praise struck a note that is heard numerous times throughout the Gospel of Luke. She sang: "My soul doth magnify the Lord." Every good thing we have and enjoy is by His grace, for there is nothing in us that deserves His blessing. Thus Mary’s Song of Praise becomes a kind of prophecy, revealing God’s purpose: God becomes one of us so that we might become one of God. Recognizing the Lord as. Do you mean the text for each blog post? By His grace, the Lord chose Israel to be His covenant nation. Brian Dembowczyk is the team leader for The Gospel Project for Kids. God has specifically. She “went into the hill country with haste, into a city of Juda.”  The word “Juda” is another form of Judea, the province south of Galilee which included Nazareth, Mary’s home. ; Place of Action: The Hill Country of Judea. The Magnificat is the Blessed Virgin Mary’s canticle praising our Lord. The silence was finally broken when the angel Gabriel appeared to Zacharias, the elderly priest, while he served in the temple and revealed that he and his wife, Elizabeth would have a son who would prepare Israel for the Messiah (see Luke 1:5-17). In fact, after this Mary spoke a song of praise to the Lord, extoling His mindfulness to those of humble state and His mercy and faithfulness (Luke 1:46–55). God can and will do anything He wishes with anybody. Christ was the descendant through whom the whole world would be blessed and Mary understood this. This was not due to Mary’s righteousness or any good she had done. III. What is true about Mary is true of everyone that God calls and uses to fulfill His plans: it’s because of His mercy and grace. So, as a result of the joy she was experiencing, Elisabeth spoke “out with a loud voice” first, speaking of Mary saying “Blessed art thou among women.”  It should be noted that these are the same words that Gabriel said to Mary when he appeared to her (see Luke 1:28). According to Daniel 2:21 “He (God) changeth the times and the seasons: he removeth kings, and setteth up kings: he giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding.”, can be deprived of their resources. In this verse Mary continued to say “He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich he hath sent empty away.”  In God’s strength “the hungry” can be fed and the selfish “rich” can be deprived of their resources. One day Mary’s words would be fulfilled as God kept His promise of sending the Messiah. If you would like to support our ministry you may do so by clicking the link below. This may be further evidence that Mary had a real understanding and knowledge of God’s Word. In verse 42, Elisabeth declared that Mary was “blessed” among women and that her son was also “blessed.”  In this verse she declared “And blessed is she that believed.”  Elisabeth was emphasizing the happiness Mary was experiencing because of her faith or belief in God. or loving-kindness to Mary. In a sense, the unborn Jesus, the Messiah of Israel and His forerunner John, were together for the first time. Mary is overflowing with a sense of wonder and gratitude to God. Gabriel had told her an astonishing thing—she as a virgin would be the mother of the Son of God, “For nothing will be impossible with God” (Luke 1:37). Amen. God is the one set apart and who is worthy of praise. Lay the matrix of Mary’s four-part response above with salvation: Mary summarized the gospel beautifully, didn’t she? E. Mary praises God for His justice (Luke 1:52-53). That was God’s mercy toward her. Our first verse says “And Mary arose in those days, and went into the hill country with haste, into a city of Juda.”  The phrase “in those days” refers to the time when the angel appeared to Mary. She said “For he hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden: for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.”  When Mary said that God “hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden” she recognized that before God she was nothing more than a “handmaiden,” that is a female slave. The manner of God’s kingdom is explained in this week’s lesson in Mary’s hymn of praise which was filled with important messianic truths. The Greek word that has been translated, means to “jump for joy” or “exult.”  Mary’s heart was flooded with deep happiness beyond normal pleasure. Every believer is indwelt by the Holy Spirit and therefore is full of the Spirit. If you’ve ever seen the swagger of a first-round draft pick in a professional sports draft, you have seen this. He would choose Israel and bless the world through His Servant, Jesus Christ, who would bring down the proud ones, such as the temple leadership who would oppose Him. Each week in bulletin is short summary of weekly lesson. John Cush on what theology is, why it matters, and how to better apply it in our lives by Jon Leonetti published on 2020-11-16T19:30:36Z Catholic author Emily Jaminet on Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus by Jon Leonetti B. Lord, oh, Lord. She said that her unborn child (John the Baptist) had “leaped” for “joy” in her “womb.”  This was God’s indication to Elisabeth that she was in the presence of the mother of the Messiah. Mary has a song in her heart and she sings the praise of a gracious and merciful God. The city where Elizabeth lived is not mentioned, but it must’ve been close to Jerusalem since she and her husband Zacharias who was a priest, would have lived close to Jerusalem so that he could serve in the temple. And that’s where the margin for pride exists. II. Why should our praise and worship to God include both personal and general emphases? She didn’t own any property, she didn’t have any servants, and there were no prospects for any of those things to become a reality. God would also fill the hungry in Israel and all over the Roman Empire. Elizabeth, Mary’s relative, praised Mary in Luke 1:42–44, but her praise is based on the blessing of giving birth to the Messiah. A. Mary’s trip to see Elizabeth (Luke 1:39-40). D. Mary praises God for His power (Luke 1:51). Mary’s hymn of praise reflects her character and her emotional response to God’s mighty work in her life. Mary’s soul can’t help it but praise God. It's one of the great ways that … C. A blessing for Mary’s faith (Luke 1:45). Never lose hope in our mighty God! The Jewishness of Mary. 50-53 Mary's hymn becomes more animated when she sings of God's glorious deeds of redemption and of His omnipotence, holiness, and mercy. 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