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Thursday, December 9 | Luke 1:39-45

39 At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea, 40 where she entered Zechariah’s home and greeted Elizabeth. 41 When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. 42 In a loud voice she exclaimed: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear! 43 But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? 44 As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. 45 Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!”

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I know that babies kick, move around, but they do not normally leap with joy in the womb. Not only did this baby leap he leaped with joy. I wonder how she knew he leaped with joy? Babies in the womb can experience joy and pain. Lord may Our Supreme Court decide to protect the baby in the womb.


At this time with the Supreme Court facing the abortion issue, reading that a developing fetus recognized the coming Christ tells us so much about the unknown understanding of the unborn.


this is not original with me, but it is so powerful I have to pass it on. The first person to respond with joyful praise to Jesus was a baby in the womb! Wish I knew the source.


"In the image of God he created him, male and female he created them." (Gen 1)

"And Abraham believed God and it was counted to him as righteousness." (Gen 15)

"Blessed is she who believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!" (Luke 1)

How wonderful that the blessing upon faith/belief in God's promise, a cornerstone doctrine of the New Testament, is spoken in the New Testament first to a woman. God is redeeming humanity through the Messiah, both male and female made in his image. How cool that we have a prominent man, Abraham, whose faith is blessed at the start of Israel's existence; and a prominent woman, Mary, whose faith is blessed at the headwaters of…

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