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Discover the Book - June 25

  • 2012 Jun 25

Loving God

Let’s continue our study on the life of Mary:

Mary served God joyfully  (Luke 1:38-45) She was a Slave of God. Luke 1:38     "I am the Lord's servant," Mary answered. "May it be to me as you have said." Then the angel left her.” (NIV)  Wow, what a submissive and godly attitude. I’ll say yes Lord yes to your will and to your way! All I am all I have all I’ll ever be . . . And off she goes to be a blessing, starting with her cousin who hadn’t told her the big news yet!

Mary immersed herself in the Scriptures(Luke 1:46-55) She Sought God. Have you paused to ask yourself how she did it? For starters, chew on this - In a world where Mary lived every drop of water was carried home by women from springs or wells in clay pots. Every ounce of flour was ground with a stone mill. Every bread loaf was baked in an oven with a wood fire burning to heat it. All dishes were washed (remember that well, the pot, the walk . . .) So time was at a premium, what’s new right? But also, women were not at a premium. Jesus was the first to elevate women to their proper place. In Mary’s time they were close to being furniture. So her knowledge of the Scriptures must have come from either her dad who Luke tells us was named Heli (Luke 3:23 traces Mary back to Adam to show Jesus was Savior of the world. Matthew 1 traces Joseph back to Abraham to show Jesus was the Messiah of the Jews.) Maybe Heli encouraged his daughter by exposing her deeply to the Scriptures. What a wonderful pursuit for any dad. Whatever the means Mary SOUGHT GOD!

Mary was a woman who learned her manners from the Word of God. If we were to look over her shoulder as she read from the scrolls and listened to God’s truth, we might learn what made her tick! One thing we can be sure of, as a descendant of David and Solomon, she would have read the portions of God’s Word they were inspired to write. Look with me at Proverbs 14:1: “The wise woman builds her house, but the foolish pulls it down with her hands.”

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