Daily D – Luke 1:39-40
Luke 1:39, 40 In those days Mary set out and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judah where she entered Zechariah’s house and greeted Elizabeth. (CSB)
Some secrets are too big to keep. Some news is too great to keep to yourself. Even so, even the best of news spoken in the wrong place at the wrong time can lead to the wrong results. Where could Mary go and who could she tell her great good news?
Gabriel had made a connection for her when he said, “And consider your relative Elizabeth—even she has conceived a son in her old age, and this is the sixth month for her who was called childless. For nothing will be impossible with God,” (verses 36, 37).
Mary knew Elizabeth’s long-denied desire to have a child. Hearing of her miraculous conception illuminated the path she quickly set out upon. Notice the word “hurried.” Mary and her relative Elizabeth had much to celebrate, more even than Mary then knew.
When Mary arrived, “Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. Then she exclaimed with a loud cry, ‘Blessed are you among women, and your child will be blessed!’” (verses 41, 42). The Message says Elizabeth “sang out exuberantly.”
Let’s pause for a moment and reflect on all the singing going on in the Christmas story. Elizabeth sings (verses 42-45). Mary sings (verses 46-55). Zechariah, who had not spoken a word in nine months, sings (verses 68-79). Angels sing (2:13, 14).
Luke inserts a note in 2:19 which leads at least one reader to imagine that Mary softly and tenderly sang again on that silent night after the noise of the birth, the arrival of the shepherds, and the report of the angels.
When Mary arrived and greeted Elizabeth, “the baby leaped inside her.” John the Baptist immersed inside his mother made his first announcement of the Messiah’s presence. Yes, it is true, that baby God was forming in Elizabeth’s womb had a destiny, a purpose. And that embryonic Messiah, Immanuel, God with Us, did as well.
From conception to birth, from birth to maturity, from maturity to natural death, our Father in heaven has a plan for every life (Ephesians 2:10). Mark Twain and William Barclay, along with others, have been credited with saying, “There are two great days in a person’s life — the day we are born and the day we discover why.”
These two babies-to-be were as real as you and I when they were announced before they were conceived. Each had a mission as big as, and even bigger than, the whole wide world. No wonder “Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart,” (2:19 NIV).
There is so much more to notice and to consider in Luke 1. Today is a good day to read each section prayerfully, to see with new eyes, to hear with new ears, to receive with our hearts the new life God gives so graciously, so lovingly, so perfectly.
I will ponder God’s purpose for my life.
Our Father, how wonderful and beautiful is this chapter. Speak your truths to our hearts. Bless us with unhurried contemplation. Lead us to hurry in sharing this good news. Empower us to live this day in the fullness of your purpose. Amen.
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Jeremiah 35:12-14 “This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: Go and tell the people of Judah and those living in Jerusalem, ‘Will you not learn a lesson and obey my words?’ declares the Lord. ‘Jehonadab son of Rekab ordered his descendants not to drink wine and this command has been kept. To this day they do not drink wine, because they obey their forefather’s command. But I have spoken to you again and again, yet you have not obeyed me.”
Psalm 78:70-72 He chose David his servant and took him from the sheep pens; from tending the sheep he brought him to be the shepherd of his people Jacob, of Israel his inheritance. And David shepherded them with integrity of heart; with skillful hands he led them.
Jeremiah 23:20-22 The anger of the Lord will not turn back until he fully accomplishes the purposes of his heart. In days to come you will understand it clearly. I did not send these prophets, yet they have run with their message; I did not speak to them, yet they have prophesied. But if they had stood in my council, they would have proclaimed my words to my people and would have turned them from their evil ways and from their evil deeds.