Summary: The Holy Spirit confirmed Elizabeth & Mary as yokefellows(partners) in God’s service. But what do yokefellows in God’s service share? Yokefellows in God’s service share...
WHAT YOKEFELLOWs SHARE—II—Luke 1:39-56
Old man Woodruff loved golf, but his age was making it increasingly difficult for him to play. He complained to the clubhouse man about his eyesight.
"I can't play with my glasses on because they keep falling off," he said. "And I'm too darn nearsighted to play without them."
"Why don't you play with Hughes?" the clubhouse man suggested.
"Him?" Woodruff scoffed. "He's ninety-eight if he's a day, and he can't get around without a wheelchair!"
"True," said the clubhouse man, "but he's farsighted."
So the next day, Woodruff and Hughes played together. Woodruff took a tremendous swing and hit the ball well. "Boy, that felt good!" he exclaimed. "Did you see it?" he asked Hughes.
"Yes," the very old man replied.
"Where did it go?"
"I can't remember," Hughes sighed.
Woodruff & Hughes did NOT make very good yokefellows but they shared their the work with each other!
The Holy Spirit confirmed Elizabeth & Mary as yokefellows(partners) in God’s service.
The Holy Spirit confirms yokefellows(partners) in His service.
What do yokefellows in God’s service share?
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a. Regards the LOWLY(:46-49)
:46—“And Mary said: “My soul magnifies the Lord,”
Mary responded to Elizabeth’s proclamations in what is called the magnificat(from Latin for ‘exalt/magnify’).
Mary responded to Elizabeth’s praises by saying what follows thru verse 55.
What made Mary blessed of God was the fact that her soul “magnifies”/exalts the Lord. In the very depth & essence of her being( “soul”), Mary makes/grants/allows the Lord to reign & gives Him glory rather than herself.
“Soul”—quch—1) breath—1a) The breath of life—1a1) The vital force which animates the body & shows itself in breathing—1a1a) Of animals, 1a1b) Of men, 1b) Life, 1c) That in which there is life—1c1) A living being, a living soul; 2) The soul—2a) The seat of the feelings, desires, affections, aversions (our heart, soul etc.), 2b) The (human) soul in so far as it is constituted that by the right use of the aids offered it by God it can attain its highest end & secure eternal blessedness, the soul regarded as a moral being designed for everlasting life, 2c) The soul as an essence which differs from the body (distinguished from other parts of the body)Strong—Breath, i.e. (by implication) Spirit, abstractly or concretely (the animal sentient principle only).
“Magnifies”—megalunw—1) To make great, magnify—1a) metaph. to make conspicuous; 2) To deem or declare great—2a) To esteem highly, to extol, laud, celebrate; 3) To get glory & praise. Strong—To make (or declare) Great,i.e. Increase or (figuratively) Extol:-- Enlarge, magnify, shew great.
“Lord”(See :43)—kuriov—1) He to whom a person or thing belongs, about which he has power of deciding; master, lord. Applicable to the various ranks & relations of life & not suggestive of either property or of absolutism. Strong—Supreme in authority, i.e. (as noun) Controller; by implication, Mr. (as a respectful title):-- God, Lord, master, Sir.
:47—“And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior.”
Mary’s human spirit had rejoiced in her God,the one true God of Israel. This God Mary recognizes as her Savior. ?Does her statement of salvation being lodged in God reveal a need for personal salvation from the penalty of sin or a salvation from the oppression of her nation by other nations or fully both concepts?
She “has rejoiced” in that same God whom she exalts/magnifies. She had rejoiced at a particular time in the past which continues to carry its effects into her/the present (aorist—past).
“Spirit”—pneuma—Strong—A current of air, i.e. Breath (blast) or a breeze; by analogy or figuratively, A spirit, i.e. (human) The rational soul, (by implication) Vital principle, mental disposition, etc., or (superhuman) An angel, demon, or (divine) God, Christ's spirit, the Holy Spirit:-- Ghost, life, spirit(-ual, -ually), mind. “One need not press unduly the difference between "soul" (quch) in verse 46 & "spirit" here. Bruce calls them synonyms in parallel clauses. Vincent argues that the soul is the principle of individuality while the spirit is the point of contact between God & man. It is doubtful, however, if the trichotomous theory of man (body, soul, & spirit) is to be insisted on. It is certain that we have an inner spiritual nature”—RWP
“Rejoiced”—agalliaw—1) To exult, rejoice exceedingly, be exceeding glad. Strong—from agan (much) & allomai; properly, To jump for joy, i.e. Exult:-- Be (exceeding) glad, with exceeding joy, rejoice (greatly).
“God”—yeov—Strong—A deity, especially the supreme Divinity; figuratively, A magistrate; by Hebraism, Very:-- X exceeding, God, god[-ly, -ward].
“Savior”—swthr—N. m.—1) Savior, deliverer, preserver. Strong—From —swzw—V.—to save, i.e. deliver or protect (literally or figuratively):-- heal, preserve, save (self), do well, be (make) whole.
:48—“For He has regarded the lowly state of His maidservant; For behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed.”