in the Gospel according to Luke, Chapter 1 verses 45 and 46 (NIV)
A Holy Singer
- Who spoke these words?
Mary, the mother of the Lord Jesus.
- Why did she say these words?
Because God had chosen her to be the mother of the Lord Jesus.
- Who did first hear this song?
Elizabeth, Mary's cousin and the mother (to be) of John the Baptist.
A great Theme
- To whom does Mary address her song?
- What does "glorify" mean.
Ascribing greatness, to make great.
- In what sense can God be made great?
Only in the sense of us humans seeing and seeking His greatness.
- What is meant by: "My soul glorifies the Lord?"
That Mary exalted God, made Him great.
- How can we glorify God?
By remembering His goodness and praising Him for it.
- How does Mary herself explain her meaning?
By adding: "My spirit rejoices in God my Saviour."
- What does Mary mean by "soul" and "spirit?"
The part that is associated with our feelings, our inner being (soul)
The part that enables us to communicate with God (spirit)
- What lesson does the use of these words teach us?
That the human nature has both spiritual and bodily aspects.
- What are we told here about the inner being?
That through it we can praise God and rejoice in Him.
An Important Lesson
- How does Mary say we can especially rejoice in God?
As the One who saves us.
- What does this teach us?
That we stand in need of a Deliverer.
- Where does Mary place herself?
Amongst the number of those who were looking for salvation.
- What great truth do her words teach?
That God, and God only, is the Author of Salvation.
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T.C. Hammond, Dublin. 1939