His mercy extends to those who honor 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 thrones but has lifted up the humble. He has filled the hungry with good things but has sent the rich away empty. He has helped his servant Israel, remembering to be merciful to Abraham and His descendants forever, just as he promised our ancestors.” (Luke 1:50-55)
In the movie, Believe, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vTMc8904API Matthew Peyton, owner of a small-town automotive factory, was toppled from his throne and sent into the world of the hungry when he was beaten, car set afire. Clarence, and his mother, Sharon nursed Matthew back to health. Coming from generations of believers, his grandfather started the small town’s Christmas pageant. Even though Matthew was proud and an unbeliever, because of his grandfather, he had a good heart. He welcomed the poor and hungry into his heated facility and gave them food and jobs.
Proud, rich Matthew was initially empty and lost everything. But God had mercy. He provided Clarence who taught him to believe and Sharon who taught him to be humble. Now, Matthew, a servant, could be lifted up by God with a changed heart and a new family.
God chose Mary to be the mother of Jesus because she was humble and came from the line of Abraham through King David, as God promised Israel. God planned for Jesus to be born in a manger, not in a castle, to teach us the rich will be sent away empty, but those humble in spirit, as Jesus and Mary were, will be lifted up.
3 thoughts on “Bible Study Devotional – Day 106 – Commentary Luke 1:50-55 – Why was Jesus born in a manger?”
The manger was the perfect place to be born. Jesus was born in a humble place, so we could understand the importance of being humble in our own lives.
Thanks for your wonderful comment. I will try to be humble today.
Luke 1:50 – 55
This scripture is a good reminder of how Jesus lived his life and how we should try and live our life.