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Message of the Day: God Bestows Honour, and Blessings to the Poor and the Lowly Like Mary

For He has regarded the lowly state of His maidservant;
For behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed.
For He who is mighty has done great things for me,
And holy is His name
.” (Luke 1:48-49, NKJV)

With the time drawing near when Elizabeth would give birth, Mary travelled south to visit her. The honour that Elizabeth gave to Mary at their meeting was symbolic of the honour that John would give to Jesus.

Mary’s Song in 1:46-55, patterned after Hannah’s Song in 1 Sam. 2:1-10, is also known as “The Magnificat” because of the opening line, “My soul magnifies the Lord…” (1:46, NKJV). It speaks about “justice for the poor, hungry, and oppressed.” (Gundry) This description could be based on verse 53 which says, “He has filled the hungry with good things but has sent the rich away empty” (NIV), which may very well summarize the message of the song. It is suitable for Mary’s unusual circumstances having found favor in the eyes of the Lord despite being lowly or poor and being pregnant while still a virgin and betrothed to Joseph.

The song reflects Mary’s total submission and deep gratitude to God for what he was doing through her. As God fills her with such and honour and goodness, she empties herself to him in praises; and sinking into her own nothingness, she ever confesses that God alone is all in all.

Sources:

MySword for Android. Riversoft Ministry, 2011-2019.

Olive Tree Bible Software, 1998-2020.

http://www.biblegateway.com

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