Monday, July 2, 2007

Ten O'Clock Tuesday Soiree

Tonights verse will be
21 When it snows, she has no fear for her household;
for all of them are clothed in scarlet.

Tonight we will be discussing the Mother of all Mothers', Mary the Mother the of the Christ Jesus. Mary is such a complex mother. She is called favored among all women, as the she is the mother of the Christ. And, yet, she is such a "regular" mother. She loses patience. She deals with the personalities of her family. She is wrongly accused. She is faithful. She talks too much. She remains silent, conspicuously. She stands with conviction. She falls to her knees in earnest and worried prayer. She laughs. She mourns. She births God. She buries her son.
But at the end of the day...This is the description of her that inspires me:

45Blessed is she who has believed that what the Lord has said to her will be accomplished!
That singular statement is what has set her apart for eternity.

Is there a "bad girl?" This week? Absolutely. But, this time, I would not call her a "bad girl." She herself is highly favored and loved of God. But, it is her response to God's calling on her life that causes her to stumble just a little. Isn't that right, Sarah:

9 "Where is your wife Sarah?" they asked him.
"There, in the tent," he said.

10 Then the LORD [c] said, "I will surely return to you about this time next year, and Sarah your wife will have a son."
Now Sarah was listening at the entrance to the tent, which was behind him. 11 Abraham and Sarah were already old and well advanced in years, and Sarah was past the age of childbearing. 12 So Sarah laughed to herself as she thought, "After I am worn out and my master [d] is old, will I now have this pleasure?"

13 Then the LORD said to Abraham, "Why did Sarah laugh and say, 'Will I really have a child, now that I am old?' 14 Is anything too hard for the LORD ? I will return to you at the appointed time next year and Sarah will have a son."

15 Sarah was afraid, so she lied and said, "I did not laugh."
But he said, "Yes, you did laugh."

Sarah birthed the nation of Israel through Issac. But, first her impatience birthed her Ishmael. Sarah laughed at the LORD. Wow. Such boldness. But, she backed down when asked about her unbelief. When Mary was posed the same scenario of a miraculous birth, she questioned and received an answer. The answer she believed. And, thus, my theme for the evening...a theme I hope will inspire all of us--

45Blessed is she who has believed that what the Lord has said to her will be accomplished!

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