The Gospel According to Mary

Episode 82 Show Notes 

The Gospel According to Mary

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The Gospel According to Mary

"Mary extols God because He has helped his servant Israel in remembrance of His mercy, as He spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to his seed forever. See, Mary explicitly draws on the Abrahamic covenant. There were many people who would look to Jesus as the restorer of the Mosaic Covenant. They just wanted a political theocracy, they wanted to drive out the Romans, they wanted to set up their own version of an empire and take their own place of thrones in the positions of power and privilege. And they would use Jesus to get there if they needed to. I won’t draw any comparisons to the way many people use God and use Jesus for their own power and privilege. No, Mary appeals to the covenant that God swore with Abraham. This is not going to be a renewal of the covenant that was sworn by Israel at Mount Sinai, this is going to be the fulfillment of the covenant that Yahweh swore to Abraham; unilaterally and absolutely with grace alone as it’s basis, that through Abraham and his seed all the families of the earth would be blessed.

And that's why Mary prays in remembrance of His mercy covenantally promised to the fathers, to Abraham and his seed forever. The child in Mary's womb is Israel, the true Israel, the faithful Son, God’s servant, the new Abraham, the true seed of the woman who will crush Satan's head in triumph."— Michael Horton​​​

Questions in this Episode

1. Matthew 2:15 quotes Hosea 11:1 “out of Egypt I called my Son.” I’m wondering how does this fit the context and what does this have to do with Jesus’ birth and the Christmas story?​

Resources

The Deep Things of God by Fred Sanders

Christmas Is For the Lonely and Grieving

God With Us and For Us

How and Why Mary Is God's Mother

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