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Mary’s Song 马利亚的颂歌(Lk 路1: 46-50)

By Ling-Ling Shih, Copyright © 2009-2012

Mary’s Song 马利亚的颂歌

Lk 路1: 46-50

Scripture: Lk1: 46-50

经文:路加福音46-50

路加福音 1:50

他怜悯敬畏他的人,直到世世代代。

他憐憫敬畏他的人,直到世世代代。(和合本)

Tā liánmǐn jìngwèi tā de rén, zhídào shìshìdàidài.

Luke 1:50

His mercy extends to those who fear him, from generation to generation.

Vocabulary 生詞:

Click on the highlighted for a list of related vocabulary, recorded stroke order and pronunciation.

怜悯

rad. Simp. Pinyin English
憐憫 怜悯 lián mǐn have compassion on, pity

敬畏

Trad. Simp. Pinyin English
敬畏 jìng wèi hold in awe and veneration; revere

直到 zhídào: until

Trad. Simp. Pinyin English
直到 zhí dào until

世世代代 shìshìdàidài: from generation to generation

Character Radical/Stroke Total Strokes Pinyin English Def. Variants
一 + 4 5 shi4 generation; world; era
一 + 4 5 shi4 generation; world; era
人 + 3 5 dai4 replace, replacement (of person or generation); era, generation
人 + 3 5 dai4 replace, replacement (of person or generation); era, generation

路加福音 1:53

他叫饥饿的得饱美食,叫富足的空手回去。

他叫飢餓的得飽美食,叫富足的空手回去。

Tā jiào jī è de dé bǎo měishí, jiào fùzú de kōngshǒu huíqù.

Luke 1: 53

He has filled the hungry with good food, but has sent the rich away empty.

生詞Vocabulary:

叫 introduce a passive construction meaning “let,” but it also means the following:

Trad. Simp. Pinyin English
jiào to call; to yell; to be called; to order

饥饿

Trad. Simp. Pinyin English
飢餓 饥饿 è hunger; hungry; starve

得dé

Trad. Simp. Pinyin English
obtain; get; gain; proper; suitable; proud; contented; allow; permit; ready; finished
de a sentence particle used after a verb to show effect; degree or possibility
děi to have to; must; ought to; to need to


Trad. Simp. Pinyin English
bǎo to eat till full; satisfied

我饱了。I am full.

美食měishí: good food

haracter Radical/Stroke Total Strokes Pinyin English Def. Variants
羊 + 3 9 mei3 beautiful, pretty; pleasing
食 + 0 9 shi2 si4 yi4 eat; meal; food; radical no. 184

富足

Trad. Simp. Pinyin English
rich; plentiful

空手kōngshǒu: empty-handed

Character Radical/Stroke Total Strokes Pinyin English Def. Variants
穴 + 3 8 kong1 kong4 kong3 empty, hollow, bare, deserted
手 + 0 4 shou3 hand

回去

Trad. Simp. Pinyin English
huí return; go back

Reflection 感想:

These two verses are excerpts from Mary’s song, where Mary praised God after she was impregnated through the Holy Spirit.  The following is Mary’s entire song (Luke 1: 46-55):

And Mary said:

“My soul glorifies the Lord

And my spirit rejoices in God my savior,

For he has been mindful

Of 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 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,

even as he said to our fathers.”

Mary glorifies the Lord and her spirit rejoices in God her Savior.  To glorify, is “to give praise and thanks to God” (as defined by Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English).   In our prayers, are we often long on the list of petitions for our needs and wants, but short on our praise and thanks to God?  Does our spirit rejoice in God our Savior?  Only a thankful and repentant heart will be able to experience God’s love and grace for us.

We have taken for granted for what we have, forgetting what we have are all from God: our life, the Sun, the moon, the air we breath, the food we eat, the water we drink, everything we own, and the immense universe we live in!  Everything is from Him!

We would also sing praise to God and rejoice like Mary if we understand what He has done for us, in us, and through us.

Mary rejoices in God the Savior, for she did not take for granted the great things the Mighty One has done for her.   Do we take stock of the great things which the Mighty One has done for us?  Do we even realize and receive the gifts which he has so generously given us?   Or do we reject the loving gift he has sent from heaven to us?  The gift of salvation.

“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 thrones but has lifted up the humble.  He has filled the hungry with good things but has sent the rich away empty.”

Only the humble, the hungry can be filled with good things that God provides through the sacrifices of His beloved Son.  They have the humility to turn to God for forgiveness of their sins.  They are hungry for God’s righteousness in their own lives and want to follow His Son to stay on the straight path.  God extends mercy and blessings to those who take to heart his teachings and guard themselves against temptations. God blesses those (such as Noah, Abraham, Zachariah and Elizabeth) who are upright in his sight.  Few of us can live a blameless life like Zachariah and Elizabeth; fortunately, our God is a forgiving God.  He has also made it possible for any one of us–regardless of our past–to live a god-blessed life as long as we believe in him and follow him.  So we may put on a new self and become a vessel of blessing to our family, offspring, and others as well.

Those who are proud in their “inmost thoughts” think proudly that they do not need to rely on anyone else, not even God, but themselves.  The proud may be the rich and the powerful. They believe that they have all the riches, power, and kingdom they want from the world, but Jesus said, “What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul?” On the day of reckoning, they will be sent away empty-handed, with nothing to show for but the sins that  they have never repented.  Maybe to that day they might still insist in their own way not realizing what they have done wrong, for they have never gotten to know God through his words.  Are we like them?  Maybe we are a bit better off, we have repented and accepted Christ as our savior.  Have we repented and continued to go back to our old ways?  That is the challenge for all of us.

Yes, the challenge for all of us lies not so much in the knowledge of his teachings, but the actions required of us from his teachings. God never guaranteed us that once we believe in him, we stop facing evil’s temptations.  It only means that we, as believers, will have to be even more vigilant and stay close to God for fear that we may get lost again.  People can’t assume ignorance once they know what is expected of them.  That is why Christians can sometimes appear to be more hypocritical than non-Christians because of our failure to practice what we believe.  That is why it behooves us to sit down and set time aside to reflect upon his words and think about how his words may be applied to our daily life so to make a real change in our lives.

It is, as we all know, easier to “talk the talk;” it is not easy to “walk the walk.”  That is the challenge for all of us!  I admit that I find it extremely hard to practice what I have learned in the bible and continue to pray to God for strength.

Before ending this long reflection, let me ask:

Are you the proud or are you rather be the humble?

Are you the rich or are you rather be the hungry?

May we all be the humble, lifted from the grip of our sinful nature!

May we all be the hungry, filled with God’s holy spirit and his righteousness!

May we all be like Mary, eager to give praise and thanks to the Lord and rejoice in him our savior!

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By Ling-Ling Shih, Copyright © 2009-2012
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7 comments on “Mary’s Song 马利亚的颂歌(Lk 路1: 46-50)

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