September 24th

Luke 1

  • 1:1-4 – The writer of Luke is an intelligent, orderly person intent to write a logical, organized version of the story of Christ’s life. He also addresses his letter to Theophilus.
  • 1:9 – Only one priest entered the holy of holies at a time. An extensive cleansing ritual occurred before the priest entered.
  • 1:17 – John the Baptist was often considered the second coming of Elijah.
  • Luke’s birth narrative is more from Mary’s perspective.
  • 1:30 – “Do not be afraid” is a common greeting when people encounter God, God’s presence, or angels.
  • 1:37 – Elizabeth’s pregnancy was used as a testament for Mary that nothing was impossible. Pregnancy in old age. Pregnancy in virginity. God is not bound by our human constraints.
  • 1:38 – A powerful statement of submission to God’s will no matter what.
  • 1:39-45 – Elizabeth and her unborn baby, John, both recognize the identity of Christ even before his birth.
  • 1:46-55 – Like Hannah in the Old Testament and Zechariah, Mary praises God for her pregnancy through a song or poem-like piece. It is often referred to as “Mary’s Magnificat”.
  • 1:68-79 – Zechariah’s song serves as both a praise song to God and a blessing for John.

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