Proverbs 4 1-4-22

The mercy of God has been poured out on all mankind. All we have to do is turn to Him and receive it.

22 For [these words] are life to those who find them, and healing to all their body.

Mary’s song of praise which is recorded in Luke 1:46-55, called The Magnificat, really grabbed my attention while reading it yesterday. As a reminder, Mary had just been greeted by Aunt Elizabeth,

46 And Mary said:
“My soul exalts the Lord,
47 And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior.
48 For He has had regard for the humble state of His bond-servant;
For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed.
49 For the Mighty One has done great things for me;
And holy is His name.
50 And His mercy is to generation after generation
Toward those who fear Him.
51 He has done mighty deeds with His arm;
He has scattered those who were proud in the thoughts of their hearts.
52 He has brought down rulers from their thrones,
And has exalted those who were humble.
53 He has filled the hungry with good things,
And sent the rich away empty-handed.
54 He has given help to His servant Israel,
In remembrance of His mercy,
55 Just as He spoke to our fathers,
To Abraham and his descendants forever.”

There are several things to point out:

  • Verses 46-47 are words of praise; she calls God her Savior.
  • Verse 48 tells us the reason for her praise and then prophesies that all generations will call her blessed, which they do.
  • Verse 49 is more testimony along the lines of King David (her ancestor).
  • Verse 50 speaks of God’s mercy toward those who fear Him (to fear God is what they were taught). Jesus changed their viewpoint about God by referring to Him as their Heavenly Father.
  • Verses 51-53 reveals God’s strength as He humbles the proud and lifts up the humble. Jesus referred to this process as “the last will be first and the first will be last” (Matthew 20:16).
  • Verses 54-55 talk again about God’s mercy remembering back to Abraham and his offspring, referring to herself and to all Israel, past, (her) present, and future. This mercy is that which Jesus refers to twice when He quoted Hosea 6:6 in Matthew 9:13 and 12:7.

The Magnificat is a powerful song of praise that speaks of Jesus’ mission of mercy. Our prison bars and our shackles are of our own doing, and Satan holds us in bondage to the fear of death. Jesus came to strip Satan of his keys to death and Hades–keys that WE gave him in the Garden. God reconciled Himself to us through Jesus’ death and resurrection (2 Corinthians 5:18). Yup, God was there with Jesus on the cross! We can’t separate the two because they are One (John 10:30). God never left Jesus (John 8:29).

God’s mercy was poured out on all mankind at the cross. Amnesty (a full pardon) was given to everyone. Now, all people have to do is turn to Jesus and receive that pardon. His Spirit brings that pardon and then stays with us. Mankind is once again united with the Father! We can now enjoy the Fellowship of the Trinity forever.

Abba, thinking of You as my Heavenly Father is pretty easy because I had a great dad. I know that lots of people don’t have that privilege. Thank you. I trust in Your love and I respect Your discipline. You love me as Your son. May all my readers realize that You love them and have their best interests at Your heart. You are trustworthy, and You are worth getting to know.
Reveal Yourself to me, Abba. I love You. Amen.

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