Chapter # 1 Paragraph # 4 Study # 4
March 21, 2004
Lincolnton, N.C.

<061> Thesis: The "blessedness of exaltation by God" means that His love is being passed on to others. 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 specific meaning to the idea of being "blessed". At root it means to be placed into the flow of the river of life. In this context, it means to be receiving from God an extraordinary status in the eyes of those who understand what status is. This morning we are going to look into Elizabeth's other utterance; the one that is a question. Why is it to me that the mother of my Lord should come to me? In one sense, this question was ignored by Luke's record of Mary's response to Elizabeth. There is no "explanation" of Mary's decision to come to Elizabeth. But, in another sense, everything Mary had to say to Elizabeth was the answer to this question. In other words, if we have a legitimate understanding of "blessedness", we can easily see two things: 1) why Elizabeth asked the question in the first place; and 2) how Mary's words actually answer the question without the specific details.