12 Dec Luke 1:50-53; Matthew 20:16; Romans 3:23-25
50 “And His mercy is upon generation after generation
Toward those who fear Him.
51 “He has done mighty deeds with His arm;
He has scattered those who were proud in the thoughts of their heart.
52 “He has brought down rulers from their thrones,
And has exalted those who were humble.
53 “He has filled the hungry with good things;
And sent away the rich empty-handed.
16 So the last shall be first, and the first last.”
23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus; 25 whom God displayed publicly as a propitiation in His blood through faith. This was to demonstrate His righteousness, because in the forbearance of God He passed over the sins previously committed;
Mary sings of God who gave His mercy to the helpless, the hungry, and the humble. We have all received His mercy and experienced His help, if we fear Him. (vs. 50) It has always been true of this fallen world, that the strong often prey upon the weak and they become helpless in terms of civil rights. Mary sings of God turning everything upside down. The nobodies are exalted and the hungry filled, while the rich will end up poor. God’s Kingdom works the opposite of man’s kingdoms. God deals with us by His grace and now we are justified by faith in the shedding of Christ’s blood. As citizens of God’s Kingdom, we know that we serve Christ as our Lord and store up treasures in heaven. We are to be responsible with the things God has given us, and we must live our lives as Jesus commanded us to live them. For in heaven, the last will be first and the first will be last.