Women of Wisdom

In those days Mary set out and went with haste to a Judean town in the hill country, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. And why has this happened to me, that the mother of my Lord comes to me? For as soon as I heard the sound of your greeting, the child in my womb leaped for joy. And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her by the Lord.”

And Mary said,
“My soul magnifies the Lord,
and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant.
Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed;
for the Mighty One has done great things for me,
and holy is his name.
His mercy is for those who fear him
from generation to generation.
He has shown strength with his arm;
he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts.
He has brought down the powerful from their thrones,
and lifted up the lowly;
he has filled the hungry with good things,
and sent the rich away empty.
He has helped his servant Israel,
in remembrance of his mercy,
according to the promise he made to our ancestors,
to Abraham and to his descendants forever.”

And Mary remained with her about three months and then returned to her home.

Luke 1:39-56

Mary and Elizabeth were both such faithful women! Elizabeth, through her son, John, recognized who Jesus was instantly. And she didn’t doubt, not even for a moment. Instead, she rejoiced in God, both for blessing Mary with such an honor, and for blessing her with a visit from her Lord. Then she reminds Mary and herself that God is fulfilling His promises to Israel through them. God is going to save His people.

Then Mary gives this lovely speech, praising God. There are a few main points in her song. 1. She is rejoicing in God for her blessings. 2. He has shown strength and mercy, giving us all we ever needed. 3. He fulfills every promise He has made to His people. A Messiah is coming. This song is special because it shows great wisdom. It is not necessarily the kind of thing you would expect to hear from a young woman like Mary. It reminds you of a Psalm, possibly of David or one of the other great writers. Yet it comes from a woman.

I love that. The very first thing to happen in Luke’s gospel is that a woman has stronger faith than her husband. Next, a woman sets the example of what following God and trusting Him completely looks like. Then the women get together and show that they are also wise. The women of the gospels have been full of surprises so far, and shown that they are NOT the weaker sex. Clearly that theme will continue in Luke.

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One Response to Women of Wisdom

  1. Love the post. Love the love. 🙂

    Also, consider the names and imagine this is a story about your dedication to the truth. Elisabeth’s name means “The promise (the seven fold oath of God)” and women represent “wisdom” (See all the Psalms). Wisdom refers to self-reflections of truth. Whereas knowledge is information, wisdom is knowing what to do with that information. So it’s a “Promise” to you that has become “barren” and this covenant with God has not yet brought forth salvation (Freedom). The Promise is the daughter of Aaron whose name means “Light bringer” (IE: enlightenment) and this promise is joined as in marriage to Zacharias whose name means “Remembrance of God”.

    So put it together: Remembering God + Promise + of Enlightenment + change
    Remembering God’s promise of enlightenment recognizes that which comes from change.

    Mary’s name means “Rebellion” In fact almost all the women in the 4 Gospels all mean “Rebellion” Mary, Martha, Mariam they all mean the same thing. This is because they represent change. When you rebel against your allotment and past you change the fates to create a new path towards the living truth.

    Jesus means “Salvation” which simply means “Freedom”.

    So from change comes freedom and thus John whose name means “The Gift” is the Harold to the “TRUTH” that sets you free.
    John 5:33 Ye sent unto John, and he bare witness unto the TRUTH
    John 8:32 And ye shall know the TRUTH, and the TRUTH shall make you FREE.
    John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the … the TRUTH

    The word SPIRIT or SOUL mean “MIND”. So it is SALVATION of the MIND that comes through TRUTH and thus the PROMISE of ENLIGHTENMENT recognizes that which comes from CHANGE will set it FREE.

    In reality the Bible is a manual of peace written by God Himself through the lives of the “People He chose” to write the story with their very existence so that you may know what it means to be at peace by having TRUTH that makes you mirror God in understanding as the master of your inner-world.

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