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Prepare for Messiah
Luke 1:26-49 Commentary
by Ruth Anne Reese
There are three themes I want to explore in Luke 1:26-55: God’s activity, kingship, and status.1, 2, 3
Perhaps one of the most striking aspects of this text is that the Virgin Mary does not have a problem. She is not seeking God’s intervention in her life. She is not barren. She is not without a husband. Yet, she is the one whom God chooses to bear God’s son.
Indeed, God is the main actor in this passage. God sends Gabriel with a message, God gives attention to Mary, God chooses the name -- Jesus, which means “God saves” -- God designates this Son as a king, the inheritor of the throne of David, and the one who will rule over an eternal kingdom. God’s Spirit and power will bring all of this to pass.
In today’s passage, Mary is promised a son who will be given the throne of David and whose kingdom will last forever. This promise is firmly rooted in the Old Testament. Kingship is an important biblical theme that begins with creation where God is established as the creator of all that is, as the one whose image is stamped ...
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Narrative Lectionary 060: Prepare for Messiah
December 23, 2012
Join Profs. Rolf Jacobson, Mary Shore, and Craig Koester for "I Love to Tell the Story," a weekly conversation on the narrative lectionary. This week's readings are: Luke 1:26-49 and Psalm 113 or 113:9.