2021_07_09 Insight Post- Emma Keeton
This week's reading- Luke 1
“And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.””
Luke 1:38 (ESV)
If Luke chapter 1 was made as a TV series, it would be the kind of show that would have you binge watching to see what happens next! A number of supernatural events occur that reveal the birth of Jesus as being no ordinary situation. Multiple themes run through Luke chapter 1, one of which is faith. Mary is visited by the angel Gabriel and told that although she is a virgin and pledged to be married to Joseph, she will give birth to a son who is to be called Jesus. He will be the son of God Most High and his kingdom will never end. Mary asks how this will happen and Gabriel responds that the Holy Spirit will make this possible. No word from God will ever fail. Mary simply accepts this news “May your word to me be fulfilled.” (Luke 1:38 NIV)
Where did Mary get her faith? There have been 400 silent years between the Old and New Testaments, but prophecies Jesus would have been spoken of among the Jews. Isaiah 7:14 says “Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.” Israel was waiting for the Messiah that would come and Mary believes God's word. Romans 10:17 tells us that “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” (NKJ) When we hear God's word, we can trust it and like Mary, simply believe.
Two important Greek words in the bible refer to the word of God. 'Logos and Rhema.' Logos is God's written word recorded in our bible. Through it we know God's plan for salvation, his nature and character and how we fit into his big story. Rhema is God's spoken word as it is spoken to us today. God is not silent and speaks directly to us. With Rhema we can know God on a personal level. Knowing God's word in the bible helps us to know God's spoken word to us today. God can speak to us in many ways, but all will line up with who the God of the bible is (Bibles for America 2017). Make space for God to speak to you through both his written word and fresh, personal word. Both inspire us and give us what we need to not only face our days, but to live out Immanuel: God with us.
Prayer Team Lead
Two Important Greek words in the Bible: Logos and Rhema. Bibles for America, Feb 6th 2017, blog.biblesforamerica.org. Accessed 7/8/21.