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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Deuteronomy 8:12-18 When you eat and are full, and build beautiful houses to live in, and your herds and flocks grow large, and your silver and gold multiply, and everything else you have increases, be careful that your heart doesn’t become proud and you forget the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the place of slavery. He led you through the great and terrible wilderness with its poisonous snakes and scorpions, a thirsty land where there was no water. He brought water out of the flint rock for you. He fed you in the wilderness with manna, which your ancestors had not known, in order to humble and test you, so that in the end he might cause you to prosper. You may say to yourself, ‘My power and my own ability have gained this wealth for me,’ but remember that the Lord your God gives you the power to gain wealth, in order to confirm his covenant he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.
Deuteronomy 6:4-9 “Listen, Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Bind them as a sign on your hand and let them be a symbol on your forehead. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your city gates.“
Deuteronomy 1:2, 3 It is an eleven-day journey from Horeb to Kadesh-barnea by way of Mount Seir. In the fortieth year, in the eleventh month, on the first of the month, Moses told the Israelites everything the Lord had commanded him to say to them.