Saturday, 1 January 2011

Luke 1

Here's how the study works: Read the chapter mentioned in the heading several times during the week and share any words, thoughts, verses that stood out to you. Having a week for a chapter creates the opportunity to reread it several times and make additional comments as you feel inclined as well as make comments on other people's insights.


Susan said...

v.45 Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!”

Mary believed the impossible - that God could arrange for a virgin to have a baby!

Susan said...

v.35 “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you"

May the Holy Spirit overshadow us in 2011 that we may do things that otherwise would be impossible. Amen

Susan said...

v.39 Hurried

I love the fact that it seems as soon as the angel left Mary she hurried off to see Elizabeth. Persumably to make sure she was really pregnant! and that she hadn't dreamt the whole thing.

I also find it fascinating that the angel told Mary that Elizabeth was in her 6th month and Mary stayed about 3 months (v.56). She must have left just before John was born. Why would you leave just before the birth and not stick around to see the baby?

I imagine it was because Mary was by now 3 months pregnant and unmarried and didn't want to be around when everyone (v.58) came to see the new baby.

Susan said...

v.15 for he will be great in the sight of the Lord. He is never to take wine or other fermented drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit even before he is born.

God has different types of ministries for his people in order to reach different people.

Susan said...

v.46-55 And Mary said: “My soul glorifies the Lord…”

Mary’s song reflects her knowledge of the Old Testament.

Susan said...

v.7 But they were childless because Elizabeth was not able to conceive, and they were both very old.

(From Constable’s Commentary) "Sometimes we are deprived of something because God has better things awaiting us down the road. When we wait patiently on the Lord, he often gives us more than we imagined possible. Zechariah and Elizabeth wanted a child; what they got was a prophet."

Susan said...

v. 4 so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught.

We can be certain of the things we read in the Bible. Luke has “carefully investigated” and this could have been checked by his readers. The historical evidence for the life and death of Jesus is significant.