On a Wednesday morning we have Holy Communion, as part of the service we discuss two of the bible readings of the day and draw out why they are put together, what is their significance then and now, and finally what do we take away from them for our lives. Join the discussion, any thoughts that catch you out, you find challenging or surprise you? The next reading are on the ‘Learning and Worship Resources’ page.
Firstly I apologise that I did not respond to the comments made earlier on the Wednesday set of readings (Hebrews 10:4-10 & Luke 1:26-38), no excuse is offered.
I totally agree with the comments put forward about our all powerful God, His sovereignty and control of creation, and the miracle of the immaculate conception, through which Jesus was made flesh.
But I think I would draw out two verses, one from each reading, both at the end.
From Hebrews (see also Psalm 40:8), “I have come to do your will, my God.” And from Luke “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.”
Both verses show us our part in God’s will and plan. He is an all powerful God, but His desire is to work with us, to enable us to step out in trust with Him and do His work.
Mary, a young girl, stepped out in total faith, within a culture that would reject her and possibly stone her to death, walking, as so many in the bible did before her, with God in trust. The psalmist before the quote in Hebrews, in verse 1 wrote “I waited patiently for the Lord; he inclined to me and heard my cry”, then v3 “He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to my God”. Mary too had a song of praise (Luke 1:46-55). The lesson for me is that if we are prepared to ‘wait on the Lord’ (Psalm 27:14), trust Him and do His will, in obedience, – He will put a new song, a song of joy and praise, in our mouths.