II. Mary’s faith was built on fact. Luke 1:46-55. Mary’s song revealed that she knew her history, and she knew the Jewish religious teachings. She had a faith built on the historical events that she knew were true so they reflect her faithfulness. The thoughts in Mary’s song clearly point toward the coming of the Messiah.
Read Mary’s Song. Note the historical events that might have been referred to: (The passages given are only a suggestion).
“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.” (1 Samuel 2:1-2; Isaiah 61:10)
“From now on all generations will call me blessed for the Mighty One has done great things for me—holy is his name.” (Genesis 3:15, Isaiah 7:13-14; Malachi 3:12)
”His mercy extends to those who fear him, from generation to generation.” (Genesis 17:1-14; Exodus 15;1-2; Psalm 103:17)
“He has performed mighty deeds with his arm; he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts.” (Exodus 15:3-21; Psalm 89:11-12)
“He has brought down rulers from their thrones but has lifted up the humble.” (1 Samuel 17; Daniel 4:28-36)
“He has filled the hungry with good things but he has sent the rich away empty.” (Isaiah 11:1-5, 55:1-5; Psalm 107:9)
“He has helped his servant Israel, remembering to be merciful to Abraham and his descendants forever, even as he said to our fathers.” (Isaiah 11:11-12; Jeremiah 31:3)
Note some of your favorite praise and worship songs. What events from history are mentioned? What encouragement do you find in our Christian music today?