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December 13, 2010

Mary Ponders

Lk 2:19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.

Mary’s life changed dramatically.  She was not only a mother but also the mother of God’s Son.  The sudden appearance of the shepherds and their story about the angels must have really made an impression on Mary.  When we treasure something it means we consider it to be very special to us.   What were the things Mary treasured?  Probably her encounter with the angel, her visit with Elizabeth, the birth of John the Baptist, Joseph accepting her as his wife, the birth of Jesus and the visit of the shepherds and their story about the angels.  As she treasured them she also pondered them; she wondered about them and what they meant to her future.

 

We have many encounters with God throughout our life.  We must take the time to not only treasure these encounters as they occur, we must ponder them in our hearts.  We must ask ourselves what they mean to us in the present and for the future.  Each encounter we have with God should have an impact on our lives, our thoughts, our relationship with Him and our character.  With each encounter we have with God we should become more transparent to His love and light shining through us to others.  Let us take time during this season to recount our encounters with God and reflect on them and how they have impacted our lives.

 

December 7, 2010

Elizabeth Gives Birth

Lk 1:56 Mary stayed with Elizabeth for about three months and then returned home

 

Since Elizabeth was in her 6th month when Mary came for her visit, Mary was probably there when Elizabeth gave birth to John.  What a faith building time it must have been for Mary.  When John was born and they wanted to name him after his father, Zechariah, Elizabeth said no, he was to be named John.  When Zechariah nodded in agreement, he was suddenly able to speak again.  Not only that but he was able to prophesy in song about the future of his new son.  Seeing and hearing all this must have given Mary the faith and encouragement she needed to return home and see what her fiancé, Joseph, would do.  She knew the law said she should be stoned to death.  What an ordeal for a young, teen-age girl to face.  She could put it off no longer.  She must go home and trust God for protection of His Son she was carrying.

 

When storm clouds gather over us and we look at all the possibilities, we often loose our faith.  Faith in God is a choice.  We can choose to look at the circumstances and all the things that “might” happen, or we can choose to trust God’s provision for us, even through stormy times.  What is your choice today?

 

December 5, 2010

Mary Seeks Advice

Elizabeth was also old and experienced and very familiar with the laws of their religion.  Who better to go to and seek advice and comfort.

 

When we don’t know what to do, seeking out council from a mature trusted person who is well founded in God’s Word is the best thing to do.  How wise of Mary to do this.  How wise it would be for us to humble ourselves, admit we don’t know all the answers and seek advice.  When we have prayed, read His Word and meditated on it and are still confused as to what to do, it is time to talk and pray with someone we trust who is well founded in the Word of God.

 

December 4, 2010

Mary

Lk 1:38 “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May it be to me as you have said.” Then the angel left her

 

Mary really amazes me.  She was only a teenager.  Parents arranged marriages and she was engaged to a man named Joseph, a carpenter in her town.  The engagement period was a time for the couple to get to know each other.  Several things amaze me about Mary.  The most amazing is her willingness to be used by God in any way He wants.  She is very aware of the danger to her.  In those days anyone becoming pregnant when not married was stoned to death.  She was not married.  The prospects didn’t look good since Joseph was not the father of her baby.  How could she possible convince Joseph this was a miraculous event from God?  Although it was foretold in the old scriptures, it really wasn’t believed that God’s Son would really come through a virgin of a lower, middle class family.  Yet, in spite of her knowledge of the danger, she simple said to the angel, “Let God use me as you have said.”

 

Where are we when it comes to our willingness for God to use us in any way He desires regardless of the possible problems it might present to us in our time and space?  This is a good question to meditate on today.

 

June 3, 2009

Jochebed

 

Nu 26:59 the name of Amram’s wife was Jochebed, a descendant of Levi, who was born to the Levites in Egypt. To Amram she bore Aaron, Moses and their sister  Miriam. 

 What a legacy: the mother of Moses, Aaron and Miriam.  Knowing how her children turned out makes us think what a wonderful mother she must have been.  She even took a chance with the government by hiding Moses to preserve his life then to entrust him to God’s care in a basket in the Nile.  He rewarded her faith by letting her be the “wet nurse” for her son at the queen’s request.  Then all three of her children grew up to be leaders.  They each had sin in their lives but God redeemed them and used them greatly to preserve His chosen people.  I can just imagine the prayers that went up from her lips to God for her children.  God uses children who are prayed for daily.  No matter how old your children are, pray for the daily.

May 19, 2009

Deborah

 

Jdg 4:4 Deborah, a prophetess, the wife of Lappidoth, was leading Israel at that time.

 I’m not sure why so many people think it is unusual for a woman to be a leader, even of a nation.  Not only are there queens in past history, but also as long ago as the Old Testament women have taken a prominent part in leadership.  Read the book of Judges.  Deborah was one of many female prophets recorded in the Bible.  She was also a judge.  In those days, a judge was the same as a king, ruler and leader of a nation.  Deborah settled disputes between men, guided the nation and even led the army into battle with successful outcomes.  The issue is not the gender.  The issue is hearing God, obeying God and following through with God.  Be sure to pay attention to the fifth chapter of Judges to get a better picture of Deborah’s heart.  If you are female, remember that through God all things are possible.  If you are a male, remember that it is God who raises leaders and we are to pray for and support the leaders God gives us.

May 17, 2009

Noah’s Wife

 

Ge 7:7 And Noah and his sons and his wife and his sons’ wives entered the ark to escape the waters of the flood.

 Noah’s wife is not named in the Bible.  We just know her as “Mrs. Noah.”  I can’t imagine what she must have been through.  Having a husband who said God told him to build a big boat a long way from any body of water and listing to the town’s people make fun of him must have been hard to bear.  Then living on the ark with all the animals.  Imagine the smell and the work involved.  What joy she must have felt when the door of the ark opened and she watched the animals leave. 

 Many times we become in something not of our choosing.  It might be through our spouse or through our children or some other way.  Perhaps our church decides to start a new ministry and suddenly we find we are expected to take part.  Our response is up to us.  We can respond cheerfully and help and encourage or we can be critical and complainers.  God calls us to serve in all He puts in front of us.  Let’s serve Him with glad and thankful

May 14, 2009

Hagar

 

Ge 16:3 So after Abram had been living in Canaan ten years, Sarai his wife took her Egyptian maidservant Hagar and gave her to her husband to be his wife.

Get your Bible out and re-read the entire story of Hagar.  Being given to Abram was not Hagar’s choice.  Sarai was using her.  She was sent away twice and twice, God protected her.  From her came the Arab race and nation.  From Sarai, renamed Sarah by God came the Israelite nation.  The division between the two started with Sarai and her treatment of Hagar.  It continues to this day.

 Sometimes things that happen to us are not by our doing.  Like Hagar, we can depend on God’s protection through those times.  Nothing that touches us is outside of God’s hands.  We can trust Him in and through every circumstance we face.  Look to God, He will never leave us.

May 13, 2009

Leah

 

Ge 29:23 But when evening came, he took his daughter Leah and gave her to Jacob, and Jacob lay with her.

 Leah is given the short string in life.  She was the oldest daughter and should be married first but apparently her younger sister, Rachel, was the ones the boys sought after.

She was used by her father as payment for work done by Jacob and given to him in deceit by her father.  She was not accepted by her husband whose aim and attentions were on getting Rachel.  Her sister was always trying to better her.  She was placed in danger by her husband ahead of her sister.  The list could go on and on.  Yet, regardless of what people did to her or how they treated her, God favored her.  He blessed her with a multitude of children.  Through her children came the priestly line of Israel through her third son, Levi.  Through her fourth son, Judah, came Jesus Christ, the Son of God.  What a mighty legacy Leah left.

 There is no limit what God can do through us in our imperfect lives.  When we live in Him, look to Him, believe Him He’ll keep us near Him.  Though we may lack other human love and attention, we always have the love and attention of God, our Father.  What more could we ask.

May 9, 2009

Rahab

 Jdg 4:4 –5 Deborah, a prophetess, the wife of Lappidoth, was leading Israel at that time.  She held court under the Palm of Deborah between Ramah and Bethel in the hill country of Ephraim, and the Israelites came to her to have their disputes decided.

 As a female, when I read about Deborah, I don’t see how I can possibly complain about too much to do.  Not only was she a wife and probably a mother, she was the judge of all of Israel.  Just thin of having to hear disputes all-day and making the decision of whom was right.  Back then, the judge was the ruler of Israel.  This was before Israel had kings.  So Deborah had many duties.

 Today, some men still have trouble with a female in charge or anything, let alone a church.  It’s amazing how ease it is for people to ignore history and claim other things must be.  We can learn a lot from history.  Reading the Old Testament of the Bible helps us understand and apply the New Testament.  Jesus said He didn’t come to end the laws of the Old Testament but to fulfill the laws. 

 Let’s be sure to study the entire Bible.  Even though it is made of individual books, they are all relational with each other and God speaks through every one of them

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