Sunday’s Scripture –December 15, 2019
Luke 1:46-55 is often called “Mary’s Song”, and this is the first of four “songs” in the book of Luke. Within these verses, Mary praises God by starting with her own state and continuing with actions God has and will do among the people of Israel. As we continue in Mary’s story we will see the influence of her Jewish culture. Here, in her song, there is reference to the history of Israel and the Hebrew Bible scriptures. It is important to note that during Mary’s time, the Jewish people were awaiting a Messiah, an anointed one sent from God. However, our understanding of Jesus as the Messiah comes from the full history of both the Old and New Testaments whereas the Jewish people of Mary’s time were drawing from Hebrew Scriptures (the Old Testament) as well as their culture and history. The Messiah they were expecting was a king, a powerful, political leader who would overthrow the Roman government and any others standing in the way in order to restore Jerusalem to the people of Israel. No one expected this great and powerful Messiah to appear first as a baby, especially a baby born to an ordinary girl in Nazareth.
Listen to the song “My Savior’s Love Endures (Magnificat)” by Jennie Lee Riddle and JJ Heller. You may purchase it on itunes or from http://jennieleeriddle.bandcamp.com/track/my-saviors-love-endures-feat-jj-heller-2. This song is based on Mary’s Song in Luke 1:46-55.
Mary’s response throughout this story is one of faith.
She is honest; when she has questions, she asks them. She is obedient; she accepts what the angel tells her. She and Joseph keep the Jewish laws and customs. She trusts God; though she likely does not understand how or why all this is happening to her and knows it will be accompanied by struggle, she continually praises God and continues following God’s word.
- What happens in the story you read?
- What does the story say about Mary?
- How do you think Mary was feeling or what do you think she was thinking?