Daily D – Luke 1:38
Luke 1:38 “See, I am the Lord’s servant,” said Mary. “May it happen to me as you have said.” Then the angel left her. (CSB)
Luke 1 is a story of comparison and contrast. Compare the responses of Zechariah and Mary.
* Both received visits from the angel Gabriel. (See verses 19 and 26.)
* Both expressed shock. (See verses 12 and 29.)
* Both had roles to play in the coming of the Messiah. (See verses 13-17 and 30-33.)
* Both had questions about what they were hearing. (See verses 18 and 34.)
So far, their two experiences are parallel.
Contrast, however, what happened next in each conversation with Gabriel. Hopes long lost led to an initial response of doubt for Zechariah. This left him speechless. (See verses 19 and 20.)
Dreams not yet formed left Mary willing and obedient. (See verse 38.) A few verses later (verses 46-55), Mary gave one of the most well-known speeches in the Bible.
It is interesting that most of the speaking roles in this chapter are given to women. The one trained minister in the chapter is sealed in silence for nine long months.
Consider what Gabriel said to Mary concerning how she had found favor with God. We see it in her response in verse 38. She was willing and obedient. Whatever God wanted is what she wanted, too.
Mary and Joseph were a matched set. We see the same pattern in each of their lives. They heard God clearly. They obeyed God immediately. As noted when looking at Joseph, this is the secret to success. This is the entry into the good life.
No other decision, no other mindset, no other mission or vision compares with knowing what God says and doing what he desires. His desires are better than ours. They are more joyful, beautiful, wonderful, delightful, meaningful, and enduring.
Two strong, silent men and two beautiful, eloquent women played the leading roles in God’s communication of his Message that he loved the world so much that “he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life,” (John 3:16).
Read the Bible to know God’s will and ways.
Seek God daily through prayer and praise.
Whatever you hear, immediately obey.
This is the life Jesus calls The Way.
I will attune my heart to hear and obey God.
Our Father, give me ears to hear what you say. Give me a willing and obedient heart to immediately respond. Whatever you want, that is what I want, too. Amen.
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Genesis 26:26-31 Meanwhile, Abimelek had come to him from Gerar, with Ahuzzath his personal adviser and Phicol the commander of his forces. 27 Isaac asked them, “Why have you come to me, since you were hostile to me and sent me away?”
28 They answered, “We saw clearly that the LORD was with you; so we said, ‘There ought to be a sworn agreement between us’—between us and you. Let us make a treaty with you 29 that you will do us no harm, just as we did not harm you but always treated you well and sent you away peacefully. And now you are blessed by the LORD.”
30 Isaac then made a feast for them, and they ate and drank. 31 Early the next morning the men swore an oath to each other. Then Isaac sent them on their way, and they went away peacefully.
Genesis 22:13, 14 Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. 14 So Abraham called that place The LORD Will Provide. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the LORD it will be provided.
Genesis 21:1-3 Now the LORD was gracious to Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did for Sarah what he had promised. 2 Sarah became pregnant and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at the very time God had promised him. 3 Abraham gave the name Isaac to the son Sarah bore him.
Genesis 17:1 When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to him and said, “I am God Almighty; walk before me faithfully and be blameless.
Genesis 6:9 This is the account of Noah and his family.
Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God.