Isn’t it just like God to buck the system?

The first people to find out about the coming and resurrected Messiah were women!  God told Mary that she was going to conceive (Luke 1:26-ff) BEFORE He told Joseph that Mary had already conceived by the Holy Spirit (Matthew 1:18-ff).  Later, the gospel accounts reveal that the first people to the tomb of Jesus on Resurrection Sunday were the women.  In fact, the women after seeing the empty tomb went to the apostles to tell them that Jesus had risen from the dead, and the apostles did not believe them!

In those days, in that part of the world, women did not carry much clout.  They couldn’t be trusted. They weren’t typically educated like the men; therefore, they were not viewed as intelligent.  Women were viewed as private property and little else.

Still, at two of the most crucial moments in history God the Father chose to encounter women first.  When Mary discovered that she would be the mother of Jesus she exclaimed the following in Luke 1:46-55:

My soul magnifies the LORD, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for He has looked on the humble estate of His servant. For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed; for He who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is His Name.

And His mercy is for those who fear Him from generation to generation.  He has shown strength with His arm; He has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts; He has brought down the mighty from their thrones and exalted those of humble estate; He has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich He has sent away empty.

He has helped His servant Israel, in remembrance of His mercy, as He spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to his offspring forever.

In plain view of God’s mercy and impending plan, worship effervesced from deep within Mary’s heart.  This was no scripted worship.  It was soul-deep.

Mary’s praise quite simply stated that God has shown strength with His arm; He has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts; He has brought down the mighty from their thrones and exalted those of humble estate;  He has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich He has sent away empty.

To this point, Jesus Christ has not even been delivered as a baby, but Mary is already exclaiming that God has delivered His people.  Mary is speaking in terms of “already/not yet.”  This is a biblical/theological view that God’s deliverance has already occurred in His mind before it has actually occurred in time.

That’s why Bullies Drool & Underdogs Rule.  And God’s deliverance is not limited to women.  It is for ANYONE who sees themselves as weak and in need of salvation.

God’s spiritual enemies have already been vanquished in His mind.  The victory is won.  It is certain.  His mercy is for those who fear Him (reverence/trust) from generation to generation.  Though it may seem that the spiritual enemies of God have gained the ascendancy in our day, it is not so in the mind of God.  They ARE defeated.

And God will make that plain in His own time and in His own way.  William Cowper puts it best in his hymn “God Moves in a Mysterious Way” (Stanzas 3,4, & 6):

Ye fearful saints, fresh courage take;
The clouds ye so much dread
Are big with mercy and shall break
In blessings on your head

Judge not the Lord by feeble sense,
But trust Him for His grace;
Behind a frowning providence
He hides a smiling face.

Blind unbelief is sure to err
And scan His work in vain;
God is His own interpreter,
And He will make it plain.

Trust Him today.

 

 

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