Instead of the written out scripture I’ve provided it in song. Take a listen.
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Here’s Mary; just arriving at her cousin’s place. Instead of being exhausted from her 2 or 3 days journey, she is excited and sings a song of praise.
There are some speculations as to what the lyrics refer to. However, I believe they refer to past prophecy being fulfilled leading up to this moment in time. It’s referring to our Saviour, the Messiah, Jesus. I trust the word of God over bickering theologians trying to assert their authority.
Like Mary, I’d exert excitement as well. I’d be humbled; especially that I would’ve been chosen to carry and give birth to the Lord in human form to fulfill what had been taught over the generations about a messiah coming to save us all.
Mary was also filled with the Holy Spirit. God is using her, as well as Elizabeth, as part of the narrative of the coming Messiah, Jesus. The Saviour of the world. God uses each of you for His great plan.
Isn’t that exciting? What are your thoughts on this? What does this scripture and story say to you? Me? I shared in the above, previous paragraphs. God is so amazing.
Dear Heavenly Abba Yah, I lift up each of the readers of this blog. I pray that they will be blessed and recognize You in their day to day lives. I pray that they accept the gift You’ve given us, Jesus, the Messiah. I thank You for Your workings in and through our lives, every day. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Elizabeth is pregnant with the forerunner of the Messiah.
Elizabeth is immediately filled with the Holy Spirit upon greeting Mary.
The joy both women and baby expressed at the greeting of the two women.
I mean, this is astoundingly amazing. There is so much in this. It’s obvious the Holy Spirit is at work here. Why?
Elizabeth has no forewarning of Mary’s visit and that Mary would be pregnant, no less with the Messiah.
The only way Elizabeth’s baby (John) would know of Mary’s pregnancy would be by the Holy Spirit.
Mary made this long journey to see her cousin, Elizabeth. Not sure about the reason. There’s a lot of speculation about why Mary visited Elizabeth. Some theologians say it could’ve been
…to be with someone who would listen and be understanding of Mary’s situation.
…because she was to conceive of the Messiah in the country of the line of David.
…because Elizabeth was Mary’s favorite relative and she felt more comfortable with Elizabeth.
…because of the embarrassment she felt from the people in the place she lived.
No matter the reason. The whole point is that the Holy Spirit moved in Elizabeth upon their greeting. The baby, John, within Elizabeth knew that the Messiah was within Mary. Only the Holy Spirit can do this. And the way John lept in Elizabeth’s womb was not just the baby moving around like a normal baby in the womb moves. That’s mind-blowing to me.
Just like I mentioned previously in the post about Elizabeth, the Messiah/the Holy Spirit is everywhere all the time at once. I’m gobsmacked at this. It’s so amazingly awesome!
These kinds of signs are unmistakable. Only God can do this. Having this kind of tangible evidence is undeniably God.
Don’t be dismayed, however. God uses each of us to fulfill His purpose. We all have a place in His plan. Don’t give up.
What are your thoughts on this occasion with Elizabeth and Mary?
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Dear Adonai, Abba Yah, Holy Spirit, YOU are beyond comprehensible to understand. YOU are amazing and awesome. Thank YOU, Yah, for this awesome and amazing gift of a Saviour. I lift up the readers of this blog and pray that they’re blessed to move and share YOU with everyone they encounter. Thank You, Yah, for using me and others for Your purpose. Thank You for the readers you send here. In Jesus’ precious and holy name, amen.
We’ve all experienced the census taking of our time. Today they send out forms to each address and request every piece of information possible. They request more today than they did in Joseph and Mary’s time.
They had to travel a great distance to reach Bethlehem, King David’s ancient home; who Joseph was a descendant of. From Nazareth to Bethlehem was roughly 69 miles. It might as well had been a million miles away, because, they had to travel by animal.
I don’t know about you, but, in my current physical condition, I can barely walk two blocks and then I have to stop and rest. 69 miles on foot took a long time to travel. And scripture says that Mary is pregnant. Traveling and pregnancy, and nearing the time of birth. I suspect this was a rough trip.
Because Joseph and Mary were law abiding citizen they complied with this decree for the census. So, off they went. Scripture doesn’t give details of the daily journey. So, we have to speculate and read between the lines.
Joseph was betrothed to Mary. Because they were both visited by an Angel telling them of the birth of Jesus they were committed and God fearing people.
Who of you would be willing to trek across the country while pregnant knowing that this baby could be born anytime? Mary was afraid. I’m sure Joseph was a bit worried. None-the-less they trusted Yahweh to meet their needs.
Are you trusting Yahweh for your needs this Christmas season? Me? Yes, I trust Yahweh implicitly. I know without a doubt that all my needs will be met.
Comment your story and bless others and be blessed. You’re not in this alone.
Also, I want to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas!