Day 3 (Thurs, Aug 7, 2014)

42 verses total: Luke 1:39-80

Brief description of action taking place or point being made

6. Mary visits Elizabeth, John’s mother in Luke 1:39-56
7. Birth of John the Baptist in Luke 1:57-80

Questions

1. What is your favorite verse or set of verses? Why?
2. Did you learn anything from the reading or find anything particularly cool? What?
3. Was there anything unclear in the passage that you have questions about? What are they?

After Completing the Bible Reading

Broader outline of each section of passage

Luke 1:39-56. Soon after the visit of the angel, Mary went to visit her relative Elizabeth. Upon arriving, Elizabeth felt her baby leap, and she knew that it meant that Mary was pregnant with Jesus, who was God. And she prayed a prayer of proclamation and blessing. Mary, then, prayed a very beautiful prayer of thanksgiving to God (known today as “The Magnificat”), for all the wonderful things he has done, especially for the poor, lowly, and rejected, and for those who fear God.

Luke 1:57-80. Mary spends 3 months with Elizabeth, but leaves shortly before Elizabeth, who has been pregnant 5 or 6 months longer than Mary, gives birth. There is a bit of a stir among the relatives when Elizabeth tries to name the baby “John”, but when they make signs to Zechariah (does this mean he was also deaf?), Zechariah confirms that he is to be called “John”. At that instant, his speech (and hearing, if it was lost, as well) is restored, and he delivers a beautiful prayer and prophesy, announcing the purpose of John (as a type of forerunner of the Messiah, proclaiming the way of salvation). In the last verse of the passage, we learn that John spent his childhood in the wilderness.

My favorite passage and other random thoughts

My favorite verses from this passage are from Luke 1:76-78, “You, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High; for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways, to give knowledge of salvation to his people in the forgiveness of their sins, because of the tender mercy of our God” (ESV). I think the reason I like this is that it announces a very key role for John the Baptist, making hearts ready for the Savior. I can identify with this, in that many times the things I feel led to share are to challenge people to look for God themselves, with open hearts. I also like this passage because it speaks of the “tender mercy of God”. I love when the character of God is revealed, and here we see that God has a soft spot in his heart for us, contrary to the harsh judgment that some people prefer to preach.

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