Luk 1:46-47              My Soul Doth Magnify the Lord                          12/5/2004      ίΰ

  • The Hill country of Judah (1:36-40, 65, Josh 20:7, 21:9-11)

 

 

 

#1.       Elisabeth Heard the Salutation of Mary (Luk 1:41-45, 67, Acts 2:4))

 

 

  • Blessed Art Thou Among Women (Luk 1:42-44, 11:27-28, Rom 3:10, 10:17)

 

 

  • Blessed Is She That Believed? (Luk 1:45, Rom 8:32, John 10:28, Rev 21:3)

 

 

 

#2.       My Spirit Hath Rejoiced in God, My Savior (Luk 1:46-55, Rom 3:18)

 

 

  • He Hath Done TO Me Great Things (Luk 1:49-50, Tit 3:4-7)

 

 

  • He Hath Showed Strength With His Arm (Luk 1:51-53, Deut 5:15, Gen 3:15, Rev 13:3, Isa 40:10-11, 52:10, Psalm 98:1)

 

 

 

#3.       Mary Abode With Her About Three Months (Luk 1:56)

 

 

 

  • Be It Unto Me According to Thy Word (Luk 1:38, Ps 103:17)

 

 

 

Please open your Bibles to the Gospel According to Luke 1:36 (2X).

Last year I preached three sermons on Luke chapter 1, but I did not justify the part where Mary speaks her song of praise.

Today I want you to see this song of praise, which is also called “The Magnificat”.

 

It is an expensive word that is not in the Bible because it is a Latin word, and it means: a song of praise, magnifying the Lord.

Therefore today’s sermon is titled, “My Soul Doth Magnify the Lord” (2X).

This is the 1st sentence from Mary’s song of praising God for what He has done for her.

 

The angel Gabriel appeared to Mary to tell her that she is going to be the mother of the Son of God, the Lord Jesus.

The angel also told her about her cousin Elisabeth.

We read that here in Luke 1:36,

 

Luk 1:36-37  And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren.   For with God nothing shall be impossible.

Luk 1:38  And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her.

Luk 1:39-40 Ά And Mary arose in those days, and went into the hill country with haste, into a city of Juda;   And entered into the house of Zacharias, and saluted Elisabeth.

 

Why did Mary leave her home with haste, and went to visit her cousin Elisabeth?

Where do the saints go when they desire company?

They visit other saints who are of like mind.

That is called the communion of the saints.

 

If Mary would tell her own family that she is going to bear the Messiah, she would be declared insane.

But the angel told her about Elisabeth, and so Mary went to see her cousin in:

  • The Hill country of Judah (Luk 1:36-40, 65, Josh 20:7, 21:9-11)

 

Put a sticker in Luke 1, and please turn to the Prophecy of Joshua 20:7 (2X).

You find Joshua right after the five Scrolls of Moses: Gen, Ex, Lev, Num, Deut, and then Joshua.

Why did God mention here “the hill country of Judah”?

What is so special about “the hill country of Judah”?

And what was that city?

 

We can read about that in Joshua, where God commanded Joshua to appoint six “Cities of Refuge”, three on the West side of Jordan, and three on the East side of Jordan.

We read in

 

Josh 20:7 Ά And they appointed Kedesh in Galilee in mount Naphtali, and Shechem in mount Ephraim, and Kirjatharba, which is Hebron, in the mountain of Judah.

 

These were 3 of the Cities of Refuge on the West side of the Jordan River.

One of those was Hebron, in the mountain of Judah.

These Cities of Refuge also belonged to the 48 cities that were assigned to the priests and the Levites.

Look to your right to Josh 21:9 (2X), and there we read:

 

Josh 21:9 Ά And they gave out of the tribe of the children of Judah, and out of the tribe of the children of Simeon, these cities which are here mentioned by name,

Josh 21:10  Which the children of Aaron, being of the families of the Kohathites, who were of the children of Levi, had: for theirs was the first lot.

Josh 21:11   And they gave them the city of Arba the father of Anak,  which city is Hebron,  in the hill

country of Judah, with the suburbs thereof round about it.

 

So, Elisabeth lived in the hill country of Judah in the city of Hebron, which was a City of Refuge.

O.K. Let us now turn again to the Gospel according to Luke 1:41 (2X).

 

Hebron was the city where David was crowned king over Judah.

From Hebron David reigned over Judah for 7½ years.

Then David was crowned king over all Israel in Hebron.

 

And since king David was typifying the Lord Jesus Christ, it is all the more fitting that the announcement of the Kingdom of Christ came out of Hebron.

That is why God arranged it so that John the Baptist would be born in Hebron, in the hill country of Judea.

And indeed, the Hill Country of Judea is again mentioned in Luke 1:65.

 

Then we read in V. 41,

#1.       Elisabeth Heard the Salutation of Mary (Luk 1:41-45, 67, Acts 2:4)

And then something totally unexpected came to pass.

We read in Luke 1:41,

 

Luk 1:41-42  And it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost:     And she spake out with a loud voice, and said, Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb.

Luk 1:43  And whence is this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?

Luk 1:44-45  For, lo, as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in mine ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy.       And blessed is she that believed: for there shall be a performance of those things which were told her from the Lord.

 

Why do we read that Elisabeth “was filled with the Holy Ghost”?

God used this expression 9 times in the NT to indicate that those who were “filled with the Holy Ghost” were appointed to prophesy, which means to speak a message from God.

For example, we read in Luke 1:67 (2X), that Zacharias was filled with the Holy Ghost, and then he prophesied:

 

Luk 1:67 Ά And his father Zacharias was filled with the Holy Ghost, and prophesied,

 

Likewise, on the day of Pentecost, in the year AD 33, we read in Acts 2:4, “And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance”.

It means that God the Holy Spirit gave them utterance to prophesy in other languages, and so they did.

Therefore, when Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost, she made a statement that came directly from God.

And what did God say?

In verse 42 God spoke through Elisabeth, and said to Mary:

  • Blessed Art Thou Among Women (Luk 1:42-44, 11:27-28, Rom 3:10, 10:17)

Luk 1:42  And she spake out with a loud voice, and said, Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb.

 

I want you to notice first of all that this is a greeting.

This is not a prayer, like the Roman Catholic Church wants us to believe, but this is a greeting to Mary, and containing some information for us about the nature of salvation.

There is no question that the fruit of her womb was blessed, but why is Mary called “Blessed among women

 

Does Mary have a special corner on blessedness?

We must be careful that we do not elevate Mary to a special status above all mankind, closer to God, because we would be engaging in idolatry.

In fact, the Lord Jesus addressed this subject matter in Luke 11:27.

 

Please turn about 25 pages to your right (ί) to Luke 11:27 (2X).

In this passage the Lord Jesus was preaching to both His disciples as well as to the Pharisees, both friends and foes.

Therefore the message that follows is a warning to us as well as to them.

We read in Luke 11:27-28 (2X),

 

Luk 11:27-28 Ά And it came to pass, as he spake these things, a certain woman of the company lifted up her voice, and said unto him, Blessed is the womb that bare thee, and the paps which thou hast sucked.   But he said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.

 

In other words, “Don’t call Mary blessed because she is my mother.

Rather, call her blessed if she hears the Word of God and keeps it”.

And therefore all those who hear and believe the Word of God, and are obedient to it, are called blessed in the eyes of God.

That means everyone who is saved is called blessed, and let us not expand this meaning of the word “blessed”.

 

Let us now turn back to Luke 1:42.

God says in Rom 3:10, “There is NONE righteous, NO NOT ONE”, and this also applies to Mary.

There is NO ONE righteous of himself or herself.

No one is born righteous.

We all came into the world as unrighteous beings, who were enemies of God and slaves of Satan, and that includes Mary, and it includes babies and unborn babies.

It is idolatry to elevate Mary to a status higher than sinful mankind.

 

But this is what the Roman Catholic Church has done with Mary.

Elisabeth calls her in verse 43 “the mother of my Lord”, but the Roman Catholic Church has made of this “The Mother of God”.

What a blasphemy.

God has no mother!

 

The Roman Catholic Church also calls Mary the “Queen of Heaven”, a despicable idolatry, which God condemned in the Prophecy of Jer, chapter 44.

 

What was so special that the baby leaped in her womb?

Elisabeth says under the inspiration of God the Holy Spirit in verse 44, “the babe leaped in my womb for joy”.

It was the joy of hearing the voice of Mary, who was carrying the Lord Jesus in her womb.

 

Babies in the womb can hear!

This tells us that John the Baptist, who was in the womb of Elisabeth, was already a saved person before he was born.

This is the only baby in all of history of whom this can be said.

 

In fact, since God cannot lie, John must have been conceived in sin.

According to Rom 3:10 he was conceived as an enemy of God.

But while he was growing in the womb he became saved while he was under the hearing of the Word of God, spoken by his father Zacharias and his mother Elisabeth.

 

God said in Rom 10:17, “Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God”.

This is how God applies His saving grace to the soul of every one of His elect.

God’s grace is applied to our soul while we are under the hearing of the Word of God.

 

Secondly, John was a person before he was born.

Unmistakably God says here in these verses that unborn babies are also human beings.

Therefore to kill a baby by committing abortion is murder.

And John, while still in his mother’s womb, was already rejoicing for being in the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ, His Savior.

 

But why did Elisabeth say in verse 45:

  • Blessed Is She That Believed? (Luk 1:45, Rom 8:32, John 10:28, Rev 21:3)

 

Luk 1:45  And blessed is she that believed: for there shall be a performance of those things which were told her from the Lord.

 

Suddenly the personal pronoun “Thou” has switched to the third person “She”.

It is clear that this does not refer to Mary.

It is certain that Elisabeth is speaking under the influence of God the Holy Spirit.

God is now focusing on everyone who believes.

 

The third person “She” refers now to the Body of Believers.

To believe all that God has written in the Bible is synonymous with salvation, because the evidence of salvation is faith in God, and faith in all that God has written in the Bible.

Faith in Christ means that we have faith in the entire Word of God, because Christ is the Word of God.

 

The eternal church is referred to as female, because we are called the Bride of Christ.

On the one hand we are all male, because we are called “Sons of God”.

But on the other hand we are all female, because we are called the “Bride of Christ”.

This tells us that we cannot begin to understand what we would look like in the life hereafter.

 

But the things God has told us will come to pass.

That is what we read here in verse 45: “there shall be a performance of those things which were told her from the Lord”.

God has sworn that these things are true and trustworthy.

What has God promised us?

 

God promised that in this life He will give us everything that we need.

Not what we want, but what we need and only God knows what we need.

And God said in Rom 8:32, “He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things

 

God promised us that He will preserve each one of His saints until the last breath of our earthly life.

It is not possible that any one of His sheep will get lost again.

Those that have been found are in His sheepfold forever.

God says in John 10:28, “And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand”.

 

God promised us that He will resurrect us from the grave with new bodies that shall be infinitely more glorious than the bodies that went into the grave.

These new bodies shall be given to us at the moment that Christ shall come again, “and so shall we ever be with the Lord”.

 

God promised us that we will reside forever with Him in the NH&NE where only righteousness dwells.

God will not dwell in a separate place called New Heaven and we in a separate place called New Earth.                         No!

God and His people will all dwell in one place that is called the NH&NE.

God says in Rev 21:3, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God”.

 

All this is in view when we read here in Luke 1:45, “there shall be a performance of those things which were told her from the Lord”.

It is at this point that Mary responds with her magnificent song of praise:

 

Luk 1:46  And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord,

Luk 1:47  And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.

#2.       My Spirit Hath Rejoiced in God, My Savior (Luk 1:46-55, Rom 3:18,)

Luk 1:48  For he hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden: for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.

Luk 1:49  For he that is mighty hath done to me great things; and holy is his name.

Luk 1:50  And his mercy is on them that fear him from generation to generation.

Let us be clear on one thing: Mary was in need of mercy like any other human being needs mercy.

 

What is mercy?

For those who have not heard this before, let us go over this one more time.

Grace and mercy are not synonyms.

 

Grace means receiving something that we do not deserve.

We do not deserve to go to heaven.

God gives that to us as a free gift.        hat is grace.

 

We receive mercy when the Judge is withholding something that we do deserve.

We deserve to go to Hell.

When God diverts the penalty of Hell from us and makes the Lord Jesus Christ pay that penalty of Hell in our place, that is mercy.

 

Here in verse 50 Mary speaks of the mercy of God on those that fear Him.

Who are those that fear Him?

In Rom 3:10-18 God speaks of the condition of all mankind.

 

And God says in Rom 3:18, “There is no fear of God before their eyes”.

In other words, of our own selves we have no fear of God.

We came into the world as enemies of God, having no fear of God before our eyes.

 

How then did it come to pass that there were people who feared God?

    1. God changed their heart;
    2. or you can say God made them Born Again;
    3. or you can say God regenerated their soul;
    4. or you can say God saved them;
    5. or you can say God gave them the wisdom to repent;

and so on and so on.

 

God chose those He wanted to save and God gave them a desire to turn to Jesus.

God chose the woman who was going to give the Lord Jesus His human body, and God gave her the fear of God.

And in each generation there are those who fear God because He has bestowed on them mercy and grace.

 

When Mary says in verse 47, “my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour”, Mary acknowledged that she was a sinner in need of a Savior, just like anyone else.

Did Mary say these words because she had just conceived the Messiah?             No!

Mary sings this song of praise because God saved her.

 

Mary says, “my spirit hath rejoiced in God MY Saviour”.

Not the Savior, but she says “MY Savior”.

And so, this should be the song of praise of every true believer who has come to know the Lord personally.

 

And by this I do not mean through dreams, or visions, or angel visitations, or tongues.

But what I do mean is that we come to know the Lord Jesus Christ personally through the Scriptures.

Mary understood “the low estate of God’s handmaiden”, in verse 48.

And then we read in verse 49,

  • He Hath Done TO Me Great Things (Luk 1:49-50, Tit 3:4-7)

 

Luke 1:49  For he that is mighty hath done to me great things; and holy is his name.

 

Mary understood that what God had done for her was very small compared to what God had done for Himself.

She says in verse 49, “He that is mighty hath done to me great things”.

Rather than saying “God has done for me great things”, she says “God has done great things TO me”.

 

Salvation is something God does TO us, and God does it for His own glory.

God created this universe, and the world, and all mankind for His own glory, not for our glory.

And therefore, when we do not glorify Him we are living in sin, and we will inherit His wrath.

 

But Adam and Eve sold all of their posterity into enslavement to sin and Satan.

“There is NONE that seeketh after God, NO NOT ONE”.

No one of his own accord will glorify God.

This is the depraved nature of all mankind.

 

Therefore, if God desires to save anyone, He must come down and do it for Himself.

And so, God chose the individuals whom He desired to save, and He saved them.

Just like God said in Eph 1:4-5, “According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love,

Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will”.

 

And thus salvation is not in the first place something that God does for us, but it is something that God does TO us, just like Mary said here in Luke 1:49.

Christ died for our sins. He did that for us.

 

But then in our lifetime God applied the payment that Christ made on our behalf, and God did that TO us.

We had no part in the process of salvation that God applied TO us.

It was done TO us without our consent or approval, because God did that for His own glory.

 

Now we are extremely grateful that God has done that.

Suppose that He has passed us by; then we would have been among the many who go to Hell on account of their own sins.

Let me quote to you from Titus 3:4-7, which supports these conclusions that I have given,

 

Tit 3:4  But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, 

Tit 3:5  Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;

Tit 3:6-7  Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour;     That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

 

This is what God has done TO us: He has made us “heirs according to the hope of eternal life”.

The word “heirs” indicates that we have inherited something.

Someone has died and left us an inheritance.            Who died?

The Lord Jesus Christ died.

He left us an inheritance that is so magnificent, and so great, that we can look at it and study it for an entire lifetime and still we continue to find something new every week.

 

Let us now go on with verse 51 in this chapter.

  • He Hath Showed Strength With His Arm (Luk 1:51-53, Deut 5:15, Gen 3:15, Rev 13:3, Isa 40:10-11, 52:10, Psalm 98:1)

 

Luk 1:51-52  He hath shewed strength with his arm; he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.      He hath put down the mighty from their seats, and exalted them of low degree.

Luk 1:53  He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich he hath sent empty away.

 

What did God do with His arm?

We are reminded here of Deut 5:15, where God revealed what His Arm has done for Him.

Let me quote from Deut 5:15,

 

Deut 5:15,  And remember that thou wast a servant in the land of Egypt, and that the Lord thy God brought thee out thence through a mighty hand and by a stretched out Arm; therefore the Lord thy God commanded thee to keep the Sabbath day.

 

This verse speaks about salvation.

God used the picture of bringing us out of the land of Egypt as a type or a figure of bringing us out of the house of bondage to sin and Satan.

And thus the stretched out Arm refers to the stretched out arm of the Lord Jesus Christ when He hung on the cross.

 

This is how God “showed strength with His Arm”.

And “He has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts” refers to Satan and his fellow demons.

Please turn to the Prophecy of Isaiah 40:10 (2X).

 

At the cross Satan was dealt a death blow.

God promised that in Gen 3:15, where God said, “He (Christ) shall bruise thy head (Satan), and thou shalt bruise His heel”.

And God showed us the fulfillment of that promise in Rev 13:3, when God showed us the Beast that came up out of the sea with one of his heads mortally wounded.

 

When we search the OT Scriptures we find that the Arm represents not only the arm of the Lord Jesus Christ, but it refers to Christ Himself.

For example, we read here in Isa 40:10,

 

Isa 40:10  Behold, the Lord GOD will come with strong hand, and his arm shall rule for him: behold, his reward is with him, and his work before him.

Isa 40:11  He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young.

 

“His arm shall rule for Him”, and “He shall gather the lambs with His arm” definitely refer to Christ Himself.

Let me read to you from Isa 52:10,

 

Isa 52:10,  The LORD hath made bare his holy arm in the eyes of all the nations; and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God.

 

And also from Psalm 98:1,

Ps 98:1 Ά <<A Psalm.>> O sing unto the LORD a new song; for he hath done marvellous things: his right hand, and his holy arm, hath gotten him the victory.

 

Let us now return to Luke 1, and let us move on to verse 56

#3.       Mary Abode With Her About Three Months (Luk 1:56)

 

Luk 1:56  And Mary abode with her about three months, and returned to her own house.

 

Why did God put this in the Bible?

Mary sought the companionship of Elisabeth, and Mary wanted to find out what was involved in giving birth to a child.

Very soon she would have to go through this process.

Mary did not know that she was going to give birth to a baby alone, in a stable, with only Joseph by her side.

But God was there with her, to help her in everything that she would need.

 

After the baby John was born life was getting very busy in the household of Zacharias and Elisabeth.

Moreover, Mary had some explaining to do why she was now 3 months pregnant.

Mary was promised to be the wife of Joseph.

 

Did Mary know all this when the angel told her that she was going to be with child?

Absolutely yes!                Mary knew what was waiting her.

But Mary trusted God unconditionally.

 

Mary trusted that God would help her out of this mess.

And while she was still struggling with this nasty problem, God solved it for her by sending the angel Gabriel to Joseph, explaining what was going on.

 

Let us now step back and consider again Mary’s answer in Verse 38.

  • Be It Unto Me According to Thy Word (Luk 1:38, Ps 103:17)

We read in Luke 1:38,

 

Luk 1:38  And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her.

 

Mary trusted God implicitly.

Do we trust God that much?

Mary was not a superwoman.

She was a true believer like any of us who are true believers.

 

Mary had never an intimate relationship with a man.

Mary was a virgin.

And Mary knew that the world would gang up on her, ridiculing her for her pregnancy.

 

But Mary trusted that God would solve all those problems, because she was a child of God.

God has shown her that He highly favored her, and that He bestowed her with the great honor of bearing a child that was called the Son of God, and that God cared for her.

Therefore now she also trusted Him in caring for the minor details of His plan.

 

Do we trust God that much?

Do we believe that we are highly favored by God?

If we believe that God sent His only begotten Son into this world to suffer and die for us on a cross, and if we believe that Christ will come again to take us to where He is, then we belong to the highly favored by God.

Should we then not trust God with the minor details?

How minor can those details be?

 

Do we trust God with our marriage?

We may run into some difficulties now and then, but can we trust that God will help us to iron out those difficulties?

Remember that it was God who joined us together.

God had a definite plan in doing that, and so we must trust that God will continue to be in our marriage.

 

Do we trust God that He will find us a suitable mate, if we are not married?

Absolutely yes! God is the One who will join us together.

God’s will shall be done.

 

Do we trust God with our church?

Do we trust God for keeping our church faithful?        Absolutely yes!

Who else can we trust with this?

 

We cannot trust the Pastor. He is not perfect.             He is only a man.

But we can trust that God will give us the wisdom to check out the Pastor and his teachings.

And that is why we must continually check out the teachings we hear in church.

 

Do we trust God with our daily food?                Absolutely yes!

Who else can we trust with this?

But this does not mean that we can eat recklessly.

We can still get sick from eating the wrong foods.

We can still get sick from eating too much sugar.

And so, we must eat wisely, and pray that God will give us the wisdom to choose what is good for us, and avoid what is bad for us.

 

Do we trust God with our finances?      Absolutely yes!

We trust that God will take care for us the rest of our life, including our finances.

This does not mean that we should spend recklessly, or that we should give all our money to every charity that comes along.

 

We live as sheep in a world that is full of wolves.

Don’t give your money to them, because you would be giving it to the Devil.

Use your money wisely. Don’t spend it on a Ferrari.

We trust that God will give us the wisdom to spend our money wisely.

 

And so, in all these minor details of our life we trust that God will give us the wisdom to carry things out according to His plan,

because we do belong to the group of people who are highly favored by Him.

We are His sheep, the flock of His hand.

 

Let us remember that, and let us remember the words of Psalm 103:17,

“The mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children's children”.

 

AMEN.                 Let us turn to the Lord in prayer.