Daily Devotion


21
Jul 2017

GOD’S WORD FOR YOU LUKE 1:39-41 Mary Visits Elizabeth 39 In those days Mary got up and went eagerly to the hill country, to a town of Judah. We are never told exactly which town of Judah it was where Elizabeth and Zechariah lived. But Mary knew, and as soon as the angel left her, she got ready and made her way there. The Greek word spoudē (σπουδή) can mean diligence, eagerness, an effort, or haste. In Mary’s case, almost all of these fit the context. 40 She entered the home of......

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20
Jul 2017

GOD’S WORD FOR YOU LUKE 1:38 38 Then Mary answered, “I am the Lord’s servant-girl. May it happen to me as you have said.” Then the angel left her. The contrast between Mary and Zechariah is remarkable. The old priest burning incense in the holy place had his doubts when the angel spoke to him about a coming miracle that was, as miracles go, rather ordinary (an elderly couple would have a child). But the virgin girl with no husband at all would be the mother of God! Mary believed without any......

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19
Jul 2017

GOD’S WORD FOR YOU LUKE 1:37 37 For nothing is impossible for God.” This is a double negative, which is quite acceptable in Greek. It is also expressed as a future statement: “nothing will be impossible for God.” The Greek future tense in this case isn’t easy to cast smoothly into English (see also the NOTE below). In his wisdom, the Holy Spirit let this verse drop into God’s Word at this point for a very specific reason. We can quote this passage throughout the Bible, and it’s appropriate. “In the beginning,......

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18
Jul 2017

GOD’S WORD FOR YOU LUKE 1:36 36 You will see: Elizabeth, your relative, has also conceived a son in her old age. And this is the sixth month for her who was called barren! Some people wrestle with the relationship of Elizabeth and Mary. If Elizabeth was a descendant of Aaron, then how could Mary be descended from David? People are quick to point a finger and say that here must be a mistake in Scripture. But I know two women, an aunt and a niece with the same grandfather: the aunt......

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17
Jul 2017

GOD’S WORD FOR YOU LUKE 1:34-35 34 Mary said to the angel, “How will this be, since I have no husband?” 35 The angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. The new Evangelical Heritage Version has Mary say, “…since I am a virgin.” The Greek text simply has “since I have no husband,” but Mary’s point is the same either way. She was betrothed, but......

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15
Jul 2017

GOD’S WISDOM FOR YOU PROVERBS 21:27-29 27 The sacrifice of the wicked is detestable–      how much more so when it is brought with evil intent! Place yourself in an Old Testament frame of mind. There you are, maybe as a child, walking with your parents toward the tabernacle; you are leading a goat, and your mother is carrying a basket with cakes, salt, oil and other offerings. Your father makes sure you have a good tight hold on the goat’s lead rope. But then up ahead you see a man......

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14
Jul 2017

GOD’S WORD FOR YOU LUKE 1:32-33 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High.     The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever;     and there will never be an end of his kingdom.” The newest Nestle-Aland Greek editions of the New Testament format these verses as poetry, and I agree with this choice. The two lines of verse 32 are inversely parallel with the two lines of......

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13
Jul 2017

GOD’S WORD FOR YOU LUKE 1:31 31 Listen! You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus. We know that Joseph also received a message from an angel about the coming child, but that was sometime later (Matthew 1:18-21). At this moment, the message was for Mary alone. The name of Jesus is the Greek form of the Hebrew word Joshua, which means “The Lord Saves,” or even “the Lord is the Savior.” At least four Old Testament men had this......

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11
Jul 2017

GOD’S WORD FOR YOU LUKE 1:28 28 The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.” When Gabriel appeared to Mary, she did not later recall that he appeared like a man (as when the women remembered the angel at Jesus’ grave, Luke 24:4). Mary knew he was an angel all along, and so we can guess that he let himself be seen, not in the form of a man, but as an angel, and perhaps even with wings visible the way Isaiah......

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10
Jul 2017

GOD’S WORD FOR YOU LUKE 1:27 27 to a virgin of the house of David, pledged to be married to a man named Joseph. The virgin’s name was Mary. Mary was kind of engaged to Joseph, but more engaged than we might think. The pledge or betrothal might last up to a year, but was frequently less than that. In general, the pattern of this engagement was like this: 1 . The parents would agree on the match. 2 . The couple would exchange something of value (something like our engagement ring)......

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