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FROM THE PASTOR'S STUDY

Topic: Luke's Perspective of Jesus: Ch. 1 Message Outlines

Luke 1:39-56 (3)

by Darrel Cline
(darrelcline biblical-thinking.org)

Chapter # 1 Paragraph # 4 Study # 3
March 14, 2004
Lincolnton, N.C.

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Thesis:The "blessedness" of a person depends entirely upon how "connected" he/she is to the River of Life.

Introduction:We are looking into the third conversation Luke recorded in his opening chapter to Theophilus. In our study last week we saw that there is a deliberate focus upon the "joyful exuberance" that exists between the members of the Godhead and that this "joyful exuberance" is shared with those who are "connected" to the members of the Godhead. In that study we focused primarily on what we called the "cascade" of things that resulted from Mary's voice when she entered the home of Elizabeth. And, in that study, we only got around to considering one part of the actual content of Elizabeth's loud outburst...the part that had to do with her explanation of John's "leap of joy". This morning we are going to take a closer look at some of the other things she loudly proclaimed. Basically, her outburst consisted of two statements of "blessedness", a question, an explanation of the outburst, and a pronouncement of the "blessedness" of Mary because of her willingness to believe what Gabriel told her. To understand these Spirit-inspired utterances, we must understand the concepts involved in what the translators call "blessedness".

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