12/8/19 – The Two Prophetesses

39 In those days Mary arose and went with haste into the hill country, to a town in Judah, 40 and she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. 41 And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the baby leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit, 42 and she exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! 43 And why is this granted to me that the mother of my Lord should come to me? 44 For behold, when the sound of your greeting came to my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. 45 And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her from the Lord.” 46 And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, 47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, 48 for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant. For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed; 49 for he who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name. 50 And his mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation. 51 He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts; 52 he has brought down the mighty from their thrones and exalted those of humble estate; 53 he has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent away empty. 54 He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy, 55 as he spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to his offspring forever.” 56 And Mary remained with her about three months and returned to her home.
Luke 1:39-56 ESV

I. Confirmation of Conception from a Cousin
A. Mary travels to see Elizabeth and receives confirmation of what the angel told her from the exclamation of what her cousin tells her.
B. John the Baptist’s role as a prophet begins in the womb as he tells his mom Mary is with child and the child is the Christ.

II. Filled and Overflowing
A. Prophecy is speaking supernaturally the words of God as God reveals something previously unknown or unknown by you.
B. Elizabeth is filled with the Holy Spirit who tells her of Mary’s fetus and Mary’s faith.

III. Prophecy Through Prose and Praise Music
A. The theological depth of Mary’s song along with its recording as scripture mean she is speaking under the influence of the Spirit.
B. Mary’s hymn is similar to Hannah’s hymn but that doesn’t make it any less powerful or prophetic.

IV. The Magnificence of the Magnificat
A. Mary sings of God’s bigness and what a big deal the birth of Jesus Christ will be.
B. The birth of Jesus Christ will be such a big deal that despite Mary’s bottom dweller status, she will be called blessed for the rest of history.

V. God’s Personal, Past, and Prophetic Work
A. Mary sings of God’s power, holiness, and mercy from a personal and prophetic perspective.
B. The work of God in the past and our lives personally runs parallel to what God will continue to do prophetically.
C. The work of God in the past and in our lives personally means we have perpetual peace with God.

Next Week:
Two Births — Part One Luke 1:57-80