Emanna for 09/19/2017
A Qualification for Being Used by God
Luke 1:46 And Mary said, My soul magnifies the Lord, (47) And my spirit has exulted in God my Savior; (50) And His mercy is unto generations and generations, unto those who fear Him. (51) He has exercised might with His arm; He has scattered those who are proud in the understanding of their heart. (52) He has brought down potentates from thrones and has exalted the humble; (53) The hungry He has filled with good things, and the rich He has sent away empty.
Words of Ministry
Mary's poetic praise
[from vs. 46-55]
is composed of many quotations from the Old Testament. This indicates that she was a godly woman, qualified to be a channel for the Savior's incarnation. It also indicates that the Lord Jesus would grow up in a family which would be filled with the knowledge and love of God's holy Word. Although Mary was a young woman, she was very knowledgeable concerning the Old Testament and could quote verses from it in her praise to God. Actually, her praise was a composition of quotations from the Scriptures. Surely she was the right person for God to use in conceiving the Savior who was to be born.
Mary's praise indicates that in order for us to be used by God, we need to have certain qualifications. One qualification is the proper knowledge of the Word of God. I hope that the young people in particular will learn of Mary in this matter. Do you intend to be used by the Lord to bring forth something of the Lord, even, in a spiritual sense, to "conceive" the Lord Jesus and bring Him forth? If so, then you need to be qualified by being filled with the Scriptures, filled with the Word of God.
Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry, from Witness Lee, Life-study of Luke, pp. 33-34. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA.