2003.) Luke 1:39-56

“Mary and Elizabeth” by Carl Bloch

Luke 1:39-56 (NIV)

Mary Visits Elizabeth

39At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea, 40where she entered Zechariah’s home and greeted Elizabeth.

Mary may have thought that not many people could understand her experience with Gabriel and miraculous conception. If anyone could understand, it might be Elizabeth.

41When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.

"The Visitation" by James B. Janknegt, 2008.

“The Visitation” by James B. Janknegt, 2008.

Elizabeth, meet Jesus!
John, meet Jesus!
Joy, joy, joy!

42In a loud voice she exclaimed: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear! 43But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? 44As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. 45Blessed is she who has believed that what the Lord has said to her will be accomplished!”

from Experiencing God Day-by-Day,
by Henry T. Blackaby and Richard Blackaby:

“Blessed is she who believed, for there will be a fulfillment of those things which were told her from the Lord.”
–Luke 1:45

In the kingdom of God, believing is a prerequisite to receiving. God spoke to Mary and gave the assurances He always gives when He assigns the impossible to His people. Everything was in place for God to act. Everything waited on Mary to believe Him. Once she believed, it was done! It takes an undivided heart to believe under such circumstances and a pure heart to see God.

This has always been God’s way with His people. Mary could not see all that had been arranged and assembled in the courts of heaven. She could not see the legions of angels prepared to protect her and her baby. She was unaware of the future and all that she and her child would face. All she knew was that God had spoken to her, and that was enough. So she responded, “Behold the maidservant of the Lord!  Let it be to me according to your word.”

When God speaks about His plans, He does so with everything already in place to fulfill His word. God never speaks hypothetically. He knows exactly what will come to pass. He simply asks you to believe Him. You will experience great blessing when you place your absolute trust in Him. Mary could not have dreamed all that would result from her faithful obedience. Likewise, you cannot possibly imagine all that God has in store for you when you trust Him. He knows exactly what He will do to bring salvation to someone you have prayed for or to heal your friend or to provide for your need. God has everything in place. Will you believe Him?

This is the irrational season,
When love blooms bright and wild–
Had Mary been filled with reason,
There’d have been no room for the Child.

–Madeleine L’Engle

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Mary’s Song

46And Mary said:
“My soul glorifies the Lord
47and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,

Psalm 34:2-3 (NIV)

I will glory in the Lord;
    let the afflicted hear and rejoice.
Glorify the Lord with me;
    let us exalt his name together.

48for he has been mindful
of the humble state of his servant.
From now on all generations will call me blessed,

Luke 1:28 (KJV)

And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.

49for the Mighty One has done great things for me—
holy is his name.
50His mercy extends to those who fear him,
from generation to generation.

Psalm 103:17 (ESV)

But the steadfast love of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting
on those who fear him,

    and his righteousness to children’s children.

51He has performed mighty deeds with his arm;
he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts.
52He has brought down rulers from their thrones
but has lifted up the humble.

1 Samuel 2:8 (ESV)

He raises up the poor from the dust;
    he lifts the needy from the ash heap
to make them sit with princes
    and inherit a seat of honor.

53He has filled the hungry with good things
but has sent the rich away empty.
54He has helped his servant Israel,
remembering to be merciful
55to Abraham and his descendants forever,
even as he said to our fathers.”

Psalm 25:6   (NIV)

Remember, Lord, your great mercy and love,
    for they are from of old.

56Mary stayed with Elizabeth for about three months and then returned home.

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Music:

HERE  is “Breath of Heaven,” also known as “Mary’s Song,” sung by Point of Grace.

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New International Version (NIV) Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by Biblica

Images courtesy of:
Bloch.  http://www.carlbloch.org/Mary-and-Elizabeth.jpg
Janknegt.   http://www.bcartfarm.com/art/paintings/Visitation_hand_wLG.jpg
poinsettia.  https://dwellingintheword.files.wordpress.com/2010/01/poinsettia208webcc.jpg
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