(Luke 1:51-55) God’s Sovereignty Over The Human Race And The Abrahamic Covenant

[Luke 1:51, BSB] “51 He has performed mighty deeds with His arm; He has scattered those who are proud in the thoughts of their hearts.”

  • The phrase “performed mighty deeds” refers to execute righteous judgments upon those who are living in disobedience to God’s Word.

Pride dwelling in a person’s heart keeps them away from coming to the knowledge of Jesus Christ for salvation. Pride just means to make one self-sufficient who looks down on others, especially God, with contempt towards Him like those from the atheist’s community who show irreverence by claiming that God does not exist. 

[Luke 1:52, BSB] “52 He has brought down rulers from their thrones, but has exalted the humble.”

  • The phrase “brought down rulers from their thrones” refers to make an arrogant king, acknowledge that God is sovereign over all of His creation. We see this in Daniel Chapter 4 with king Nebuchadnezzar.

[Luke 1:53, BSB] “53 He has filled the hungry with good things, but has sent the rich away empty.”

  • God alone sends rain upon the earth and makes the crops grow for food so that we may live. God gives wealth to whom He wishes, and in turn, takes away their wealth. All the wealth on earth belongs to God.

[Luke 1:54, BSB] “54 He has helped His servant Israel, remembering to be merciful,”

  • The phrase “His servant Israel” refers to all of the Jewish people who came from Jacob, whom God renamed Israel.

[Luke 1:55, BSB] “55 as He promised to our fathers, to Abraham and his descendants forever.”

God keeps all of His promises, that is why Israel is helped to this very day and will be saved at Jesus’ second coming.

  • The promise that God gave to Abraham was the coming of the Messiah to save the world from sin. God chose Abraham because He knew that he had a heart that was going to be devoted to Him. God took Abraham from his pagan family to transform him into a righteous man to establish his line to bring the Savior [Jesus Christ] of the world [John 3:16].

16 The promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed. The Scripture does not say, “and to seeds,” meaning many, but “and to your seed,” meaning One, who is Christ.

-Galatians 3:16, BSB

All Scriptures are taken from the Berean Study Bible version (BSB). Permission has been acquired.

(Luke 1:46-50) Mary Declares That Without God, She Can’t Get Saved

[Luke 1:46, BSB] “46 Then Mary said: “My soul magnifies the Lord,”

  • In verse 45, Elizabeth said to Mary that she is blessed because she believed in the Lord’s words to her that it will come to pass. Mary’s reply was to exalt the Lord for using her to bring about the fulfillment of His will.

The word “magnifies” means to declare someone great. Mary, from deep within her soul, acknowledged that the Lord is truly great because God has showered her with His favor. 

[Luke 1:47, BSB] “47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior!”

  • Mary recognizes that God is her only Savior and without Him, there are no possibilities to have your sins forgiven. In Matthew 1:21, the angel tells Joseph that Mary is going to give birth to a Son who must be named Jesus because He will save His people, those who believe in Him, from their sins. Mary declares God her Savior and Jesus is declared the Savior of the world in the Book of Matthew. It is clear that in Matthew 1 and Luke 1, Jesus is identified as God.

A religious institution teaches that Mary was sinless and that she ascended into heaven like Christ. Not only is this unbiblical, but it is demonic and puts Mary as a goddess, making her followers into worshiping a false god. 

[Luke 1:48, BSB] “48 For He has looked with favor on the humble state of His servant. From now on all generations will call me blessed.”

  • God favors the humble because those are the ones who submit to His Word and do His will. Mary understands that the baby inside her womb will be very special, and since she was chosen to bring into the world the Messiah, the Savior of the world, she will be called blessed.

[Luke 1:49, BSB] “49 For the Mighty One has done great things for me. Holy is His name.”

  • Mary does not fully comprehend the significance of her Son’s purpose. The Son to be born will be the answer to the plague that is killing humanity, which is sin. This sin is sending countless of people to hell. Jesus is the answer to this problem.

[Luke 1:50, BSB] “50 His mercy extends to those who fear Him, from generation to generation.”

The word “fear” does not suggest a fear that one has for a dictator who is cruel and evil. But, it means to show respect and honor to the One [being Jesus Christ] who is in control of all things, and because of Him, you exist, having an opportunity to receive eternal life.

  • When a person wants to change his life of sin, through the conviction of the Holy Spirit and understands that he needs Jesus, that person fears the Lord by wanting to respect and honor God with his life. The fear of God keeps you from sin.

By loving devotion and faithfulness iniquity is atoned for, and by the fear of the LORD one turns aside from evil.

-Proverbs 16:6, BSB

All Scriptures are taken from the Berean Study Bible version (BSB). Permission has been acquired.

(Luke 1:41-45) Elizabeth Felt Honored That The Lord Visited Her Through Mary

[Luke 1:41, BSB] “41 When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.”

  • The baby of Elizabeth leaping suggests that John felt the presence of Christ because the Holy Spirit was in John while in his mother’s womb (Luke 1:15).

[Luke 1:42, BSB] “42 In a loud voice she exclaimed, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb!”

  • Through the Holy Spirit, Elizabeth understood and exclaimed that Mary is blessed as she carries the Savior of the world who is to be born, thus the phrase “blessed is the fruit of your womb!”

[Luke 1:43, BSB] “43 And why am I so honored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?”

  • Elizabeth feeling honored, it shows that she was humble in the presence of the Lord.

As believers, when Christ speaks to us, by way of the Scriptures or another believer, it is an honor to have the Creator of the world come to us.

[Luke 1:44, BSB] “44 For as soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy.”

  • See verse 41.

True joy comes from the Holy Spirit who lives inside of us, it is not restrained by any adverse circumstance that we are going through. Even in the middle of our storm, Christ will help us, giving us peace and joy as our confidence rests in His power, not ours. Let us not forget, lest we get weary and veer off the path of righteousness.

[Luke 1:45, BSB] “45 Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord’s word to her will be fulfilled.”

  • The Scriptures declare that those who believe and trust in the Word of God will be blessed. God is a God who keeps all of His promises, and anyone who relies on them, will not be put to shame.

All Scriptures are taken from the Berean Study Bible version (BSB). Permission has been acquired.