In our reading in Exodus yesterday, we read about the awesome and fearful way the Lord revealed himself at Mount Sinai to the Israelites. (Remember that for when we come to Hebrews 13.) And God gave the 10 Commandments.
In Job today, God continues to confront and challenge Job, asking questions revealing God's power compared to human weakness.
A note about Leviathan in this chapter. Leviathan can be compared to a sea crocodile. The identification of Leviathan is disputed, ranging from an earthly creature to a mythical sea monster in ancient literature.
As we started Luke’s gospel yesterday, we read Luke’s prologue, in which he formally stated his purpose in writing this account. Then we read of Zechariah's unbelief, and how Mary accepted the role God had given to her. She said:
1:38 NIV “ I am the Lord’s servant. May your word to me be fulfilled.”
It is very interesting to me that Zechariah receives a punishment for not believing, according to Gabriel’s words. But there is not that much difference in the first reaction of Zechariah and Mary’s first reaction to Gabriel’s messages. Zechariah said, “How can I be sure this will happen?” And then he gave his and Elizabeth’s ages as the reason for his question. Mary responded very similarly, “But how can this happen? I am a virgin.” I conclude that the differing responses from Gabriel are not based on the wording of Zechariah’s and Mary’s responses. Gabriel is simply relaying God’s messages, and God sees into the heart of each person. And this is something for us to remember— whether or not we are visited by an angel!
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