Mary – The Magnificat, pt.2

We are gathering this evening to continue our discussion of Mary and specifically with a focus on the Magnificat found in Luke 1:46-55.  Mary’s hymn is not a wholly original composition but draws heavily on then-existing scriptures.  The general outline of the Magnificat is seen in the Song of Hanna upon the conception and birth of Samuel.  If you have time today, please read Hanna’s hymn found in 1 Samuel 2:1-10 and notice the parallel structure between Hanna and Mary.  Both begin with a very personal thanksgiving on behalf of the woman and both transition to a general theme of reversal on behalf of Israel as God lifts up the lowly (such as the woman) and brings down the privileged. Also, notice how Hanna’s hymn ends with the messianic expectation that is fulfilled in Mary. 

The Magnificat also draws heavily on the Psalms.  Again, if you have the opportunity today read through these Psalms of praise (34, 113, 138), victory (89, 98), judgment (75), and expectation (132).  See how the themes present within these Psalms become expressed in the words of Mary.  Also see how the Psalms themselves, especially 113, foretell the Incarnation itself.

Dinner is at 6. The menu is Swedish meatballs. Discussion about 6:45. Hope to see you here.

Next week there is no lesson, only a Christmas dinner.  Details tonight.  In January we are starting Michael Curry’s book Crazy Christians on the implications of the gospel in today’s world. Please let me know tonight if you need us to order a book for you.

Who is like the Lord our God, who sits enthroned on high, *
   but stoops to behold the heavens and the earth?
He takes up the weak out of the dust *
   and lifts up the poor from the ashes.
He sets them with the princes, *
   with the princes of his people.
He makes the woman of a childless house *
   to be a joyful mother of children.

Psalm 113:5-8

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