I am ruined! Now that I have spent so much time in God’s Word studying the details of the Christmas story, I cannot look at a nativity scene the same! However, I can choose to see all of the details that don’t line up with Scripture, or I can choose to use the nativity scene as a reminder of all I’ve learned through my own studies. And I can use songs like “Be Born in Me” by Francesca Battistelli to lead me back to those Scriptures and identify with this REAL girl, Mary.
I hope this week’s episode and song inspire you to do the same.
In this week’s episode, I discuss:
- My choice to use the nativity as a tool instead of getting aggravated
- Reminding you of the importance of context
- My treasure-hunting path in God’s Word this week
- Matthew 1:20-23 where the angel tells Joseph the baby fulfills a prophecy
- BibleHub.com as a study tool, especially for cross-references
- Isaiah 7:14 where the original prophecy about Immanuel being born to a virgin is recorded
- Luke 1:26-38 where Mary encounters the angel Gabriel and then runs off to Elizabeth’s house
- Elizabeth’s greeting after the filling of the Holy Spirit
- WHY Mary is “blessed”
- Offering our vacant hearts to God’s purposes
Enjoy the official lyric video below.
This Week’s Challenge
Study Mary’s song in Luke 1. A fun experiment might be to use a tool like BibleHub.com, look at a verse, and then look on the right to see where the cross-references might lead you. If something catches your eye, read those verses in context. It may have NOTHING to do with Mary in the end, but that’s okay! The goal is to have fun interacting with God’s Word!