Hello, lovely people, You know that goal that you set, or that resolution you made -- the one you had every intention of following through on, but just couldn't seem to stick with? Well, yeah. Here I am, still working on completing my goal of reading through the Bible chronologically. It's been... I don't even know. Years, actually. And now I've decided that I'm going to forego all side devos and studies until I finish reading Revelation. (Maybe by declaring that out loud and by typing it in bold I'll actually be able to stick to it and won't become sidetracked by all of the lovely and easy-to-read devos and studies that I tend to get sucked into. NOT THAT THEY'RE A BAD THING, it's just... I have a goal here, okay?)
...the Bible contains His truth, and it can be trusted in all that it declares. ... The Gospels are not a collection of religious fairytales. They are a source of eternal truth...
Isn't that great?
The Bible can be trusted.
The Gospels are the truth.
The Bible is not a collection of moral stories, fables, and fairytales. The parables in the Bible are marked out for you, so you know they're parables; the Bible is truth.
And I don't know about you, but I just love knowing that Luke was a physician -- an educated man; a man people trusted and knew to be knowledgeable. I love knowing that Luke did thorough research and investigations, and I especially love that he decided to "write an orderly account," because he knew there'd be people who'd need to hear the story that way.
You know what else I loved in Luke 1? Mary's song. And because I love it so much, I'm copying the whole thing here:
"And Mary said:
“My soul glorifies the Lordand my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,for he has been mindfulof the humble state of his servant.From now on all generations will call me blessed,for the Mighty One has done great things for me—holy is his name.His mercy extends to those who fear him,from generation to generation.He has performed mighty deeds with his arm;he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts.He has brought down rulers from their thronesbut has lifted up the humble.He has filled the hungry with good thingsbut has sent the rich away empty.He has helped his servant Israel,remembering to be mercifulto Abraham and his descendants forever,just as he promised our ancestors.”"
Mary should have written more songs. Or someone should have recorded more of her songs, I guess. Because this is beautiful, and may even give some of David's psalms a run for their money.