Advent: Preparing for Jesus – Teaching God’s Word
December 9, 2019
He has filled the hungry with good things but has sent the rich away empty. He has helped his servant Israel, remembering to be merciful to Abraham and his descendants forever, just as he promised our ancestors.
The realization that she would bring the Son of God into the world was more than Mary could contain. When she saw Elizabeth’s pregnancy and confirmed the angel’s promise, Mary proclaimed her joy and praise in song. She affirmed that her satisfaction was found in God alone.
Mary confessed that food, even the abundant and extravagant food the rich can afford, leaves us empty and longing for more. But God fills those who hunger for Him with good things—things that bring lasting satisfaction. Jesus would later say in His Sermon on the Mount, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.” Mary’s song previews that beatitude. As Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, perhaps this is one of the truths He learned from His mother.
Mary concludes her prayer with the reminder that God had not forgotten His people, Israel. His promise to the nation’s ancestors was about to be fulfilled. The Messiah was on His way!
Lord, Your Word is always true. Your promises can always be trusted. Thank You for being worthy of my trust. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
For parents: As Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, Mary and Joseph had a tremendous influence on Him. Teaching our children Scripture through our words and actions is a heavy responsibility. What do you do to prepare your heart for this awesome assignment? Share it with us at email@example.com.
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