I’m going through an inductive Bible study on Mary’s Magnificat in Luke 1. I have not studied this passage before, and I am really enjoying going through this study.
Mary’s Magnificat is found in Luke 1:46-55:
And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord,
And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.
For he hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden: for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.
For he that is mighty hath done to me great things; and holy is his name.
And his mercy is on them that fear him from generation to generation.
He hath shewed strength with his arm; he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.
He hath put down the mighty from their seats, and exalted them of low degree.
He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich he hath sent empty away.
He hath helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy;
As he spake to our fathers, to Abraham, and to his seed for ever.
We started off looking at Mary; and although she was young and probably scared, she did not focus on herself or her feelings. Instead she focused on her great Savior.
We moved on from the beginning and studied each verse. This week, I was studying the middle of the song. What I found convicting was the day I studied verse 51: “He hath shewed strength with his arm; he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.” We looked at definitions, commentaries and concordances.
At the end of that day’s study, Pam Forster who writes the studies for a membership site called Busy Mama’s Refill asked these questions:
- How important do we consider ourselves?
- Do we live as though we don’t really need God, functioning in our own strength and “wisdom” instead of acknowledging our utter dependence on Him? What will be the result of that sort of mindset?
- Are there people we look down on in any way?
- Do we measure our merit and the merit of others based on accomplishments, wealth, intelligence, clothing, etc.?
- Do we grow discouraged or angry in our relationships with the proud and haughty? We need to remember that God is not overlooking their sinful attitude. When appropriate, we can speak truth into the lives of the proud, but we can trust that God is the one who will ultimately deal with their pride.
I would like to think that I am not a proud person. I definitely do not want to be scattered. But these questions were very thought-provoking. How often do I make decisions without praying and asking God for His help? Do I every show preference to certain people?
I went on a walk after doing this Bible study, and meditated more on this verse as I walked. I thought of people that I am probably not as kind to as I should be. I considered if I am sometimes proud of an ability or feel superior to others. I realized that I need to be more sensitive to making sure that I do not act out of pride or act haughty — even unknowingly. I should never look down on others but instead make sure that I am shining the love of Christ to everyone!
This Christmas season, glorify God with your words and deeds and be humble: acknowledge that everything we are and everything we do is only because of God’s great goodness to us.
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