Devotion Preached Sept 2011 MP3

I preached the Sunday evening devotion before the congregation on Sept. 5. My text for the devotion was “For nothing will be impossible with God.” (Luke 1:37 ESV). To provide context for the verse I read Luke 1:26 – 38 which is quoted below.

I offered threes points of consideration: 1) God’s actions, 2) Mary’s reaction and 3) Our response and then closed by offering some application. Something sorta funny happened concerning the translation I used.

Read the text and I’ll comment afterward.

26 In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, 27 to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28 The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”

29 Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. 30 But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. 31 You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.”

34 “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?”

35 The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. 36 Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month. 37 For no word from God will ever fail.”

38 “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her. NIV®

Notice anything different about the text? I didn’t! I rarely use the NIV, but since our pew Bibles are NIV that is what I quoted. I used the text from which now has the 2011 NIV update as their default.

I repent!

Hopefully, no one will bring this up at the Southern Baptist Convention floor to use against SBC bloggers. 😉

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{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Brent Hobbs September 6, 2011 at 10:57 am

you’ve gone and done it now!

2 Mark September 6, 2011 at 11:32 am

I’m in trouble now! Maybe I can somehow be linked with supporting homosexuality too.


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