Mary said: “My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant. From now on all generations will call me blessed, for the Mighty One has done great things for me—holy is his name. His mercy extends to those who fear him, from generation to generation. He has performed mighty deeds with his arm; he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts. He has brought down rulers from their thrones but has lifted up the humble. He has filled the hungry with good things but has sent the rich away empty. He has helped his servant Israel, remembering to be merciful to Abraham and his descendants forever, just as he promised our ancestors.” Luke 1:46-55
Keep Reading >>
Though we don’t read anything about Mary’s parents or her upbringing, one thing seems certain - Mary’s parents took the commandments of God seriously. God had given these commands to his chosen people Israel through Moses hundreds of years before and had encouraged them to, “Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up” (Deut. 6:7). Believing these words, Mary’s parents put them into practice by teaching Mary to trust in the coming Messiah and his Word. This ought to serve as a good reminder to us that we are also to pass the baton of God’s Word on to our children, helping them to remain focused on the commands and promises of God in his Word, to rejoice in God’s faithfulness to us, and to share his saving truths with others!