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Summary: Mary, as her song indicates, did look at the big picture, but maybe even better, she looked at her Lord. She is a servant of the Lord. She is in his hands; she lives for his glory. What more does she need to know when she knows him?

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Luke 1:26-56 Announcing the Lord’s Coming

12/12/04 D. Marion Clark

Introduction

The last judge of Israel was Samuel. His mother, Hannah, had been barren. Finally, the Lord answered her prayers and granted her a son who was named Samuel. In gratefulness, she “lent him to the Lord,” letting him grow up under the service of Eli, the priest of the Tabernacle. Samuel became judge over Israel, and eventually anointed the first king to rule over the land – Saul. Saul turned out to be a poor ruler and was rejected by God. But the second king…he was special. God sent Samuel to the small town of Bethlehem to anoint the next king of Israel. Though Samuel thought God’s chosen would be the oldest son, he turned out to be the youngest (eight in all). As God told Samuel concerning the oldest, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7). Indeed, David was chosen as a man after God’s own heart.

Years later, after David’s throne had been established and the ark of God brought to Jerusalem, God sent the prophet Nathan with a message. He made a covenant with David, to make his name great and to establish his line on the throne of Israel. As he said, “And your house and your kingdom shall be made sure forever before me. Your throne shall be established forever” (2 Samuel 7:16).

All did not go according to expectation, at least those of David. Because of his own sins and those of his succeeding sons, there would be trouble. Israel would split into two kingdoms. David’s house continued on the throne of the southern kingdom Judah, but their reigns were marked sometimes by righteousness and sometimes by wickedness. Eventually the northern and then the southern kingdom would be brought down. After the fall of Jerusalem in 587 B.C. there was no king to sit over a sovereign nation.

Despite this troubled progression of lineage, God’s promise to David remained alive in the hopes and imagination of the Jewish people. For the promise of steadfast love to God’s covenant people was intimately connected with his promise to David to keep on Israel’s throne an anointed king from David’s house. They hoped some day that one the anointed kings would be The Anointed. Do you know the Hebrew word for “anointed”? It is “masah” or “messiah.” From David’s line was to come the Messiah.

For to us a child is born,

to us a son is given;

and the government shall be upon his shoulder,

and his name shall be called

Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,

Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

7 Of the increase of his government and of peace

there will be no end,

on the throne of David and over his kingdom,

to establish it and to uphold it

with justice and with righteousness

from this time forth and forevermore.

The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this (Isaiah 9:6-7).


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