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Sherratts’ Serving – January 2018

“The LORD brings death and makes alive; He brings down to the grave and raises up.
The LORD sends poverty and wealth; He humbles and He exalts.” 1 Samuel 2v1-11

Mary’s song of praise and thanksgiving for her miraculous pregnancy that we remember at Christmas, shares what must surely be deliberate echoes with the song of another young Jewish girl, Hannah, many centuries before. Their circumstances were very different: Hannah was married but struggling to get pregnant; whereas pregnancy was not on Mary’s radar at all of course. Both knew all too well that in the societies in which they lived, they were nobodies. But both came to experience the regard and kindness of the LORD, and to know the joy of motherhood ninth months later. The dominant theme in both of their songs is a dominant theme of the Bible: that the God revealed to us through the pages of the Bible and supremely in His Son Jesus, is Someone interested more in the weak than the strong; Someone whose heart is always moved more with compassion for the oppressed and downcast and marginalised, than with the approval of the great and lauded. That is just one of the many ways He is gloriously set apart from us: His heart is not attracted to money, power, acclaim in the way that our hearts are – as if He needed anything… rather His heart is stirred only by those in need. And it was of course our immense spiritual need that sent Jesus to earth, and then to the cross for our salvation. What an encouragement to the needy; what a warning to the proud!…

Sherratts’ Serving – January 2018

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