Luke 1 v 39 - 56

So, not just angelic appearances, but the power of the Holy Spirit descending on the central characters! Elizabeth is filled in preparation for the birth of her son, filled with the Holy Spirit from birth! Prophecies also multiply as those like Elizabeth and Mary speak out the words the Holy Spirit give them to proclaim. The God external, becomes the God dwelling IN His people!

In a way Mary's Magnificat is a prophecy, but one looking back with a wide sweep to the Old Testament. Her words in verses 46-55 are closely related to Hannah's song of praise in 1 Samuel 2 v 1-10, someone who had experienced the pain of infertility and, more than that, the suffering of someone married to a man with two wives, the other conceiving children and using that as a weapon.

The Magnificat speaks of three of God's revolutions:

1. God scatters the proud. This is a moral revolution, because only humbled people can come before Christ and become one of His children, the proud stay away and vainly continue to attempt to do it all by themselves ('I did it MY WAY' song).

2. God casts down the mighty, a social revolution, when Christian believers come together they are one, without superiority, no game playing. Men, women, children, slave and free, Jew and Gentile: all one, equal.

3. God fills those who are hungry. It is an economic revolution. It can be seen that in Christian societies or even in those recently such, such as the United Kingdom, there is a giving, a reaching out to those who struggle. Christians founded Trussell Trust, the Foodbank umbrella, they sought to bring better conditions in prisons, and brought about an end to slavery and so much more. Society is such much better with the influence of Christians, the salt of the earth.

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