Luke 1:46-55; Matthew 1:18-21
Wed, 9 March 2022

The Fulfilment of God’s Covenant for His People


How does Mary’s song clue us in on the significance of the birth of Jesus for all generations?

Deeper Reflection
MARY’S SONG IS THEOLOGICALLY SIGNIFICANT. Its inclusion in this narrative reveals to us that the Gospel account was intended more to be a story to be heard than a history to be read. Mary’s song carries for us two significant shifts that impact the way we view God’s covenantal promises in relation to future generations. First, Mary’s song reveals a reversal of her social situation, in that God has looked upon the “humble estate of His servant” and caused her to be counted “blessed” in the eyes of all future generations (v.48). This is the basis for declaring that God is merciful and pours out His grace on all, even the lowly, from generation to generation. Friends, how does this change our mindset about reaching out to and helping children and young people from poor families and marginalised communities in Singapore or our neighbouring countries?Second, Mary’s song tells of the fulfilment of God’s covenantal promises to the people of Israel, because the promised Messiah has come to provide salvation to God’s people. As announced by an angel of the Lord to Mary’s husband Joseph, “She will bear a son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins” (Matt 1:21). God has fulfilled His covenantal promises given to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. The birth of Jesus was the redemptive historical fulfilment of God’s promised Messiah for His people – all those people throughout history, from every nation and generation, who believe in God’s promised Messiah, Jesus. They are all considered Abraham’s “offspring forever” (v.55) and are recipients of God’s mercy through His Son.

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Daniel 5:7-17
Wed, 31 May 2023

Answering God’s Call in Vocation


What significant observations can you make about Daniel?

Deeper Reflection
Daniel did not choose to serve Babylonian kings in Babylon. It was circumstances – a national crisis of his country – that compelled Daniel to be where he was and doing what he was doing. Daniel did not have the privilege, opportunity or freedom to pursue a career of his own desire. However, it was out of these adverse circumstances, that Daniel discovered God’s call for him: To serve God through serving Babylonian kings. And God gave him the specific competency to fulfil God’s call (Dan 1:17). After Daniel told Nebuchadnezzar about his dream and the interpretation, he was “promoted” to be “ruler over the whole province of Babylon and chief prefect over all the wise men of Babylon” (Dan 2:48).When Belshazzar gathered his wise men to interpret for him the inscription on the wall, Daniel was not among them. Daniel was not unknown to Belshazzar.59 He knew him as “one of the exiles from Judah, whom my father the king brought from Judah” and “appointed him chief ” over all the wise men of Babylon (vv.11-12). It was only when the queen mentioned Daniel to him, that Belshazzar called for him (vv.10-11). Belshazzar “deliberately ignored Daniel”60 . Daniel was sidelined. How do you respond to being sidelined? For Daniel, he felt secure. Daniel was secure because he had no ambition to climb the corporate ladder. He had no interest in rewards and promotion. Daniel said to Belshazzar, “Keep your gifts for yourself or give your rewards to someone else” (vv.16-17). But Daniel interpreted the inscription for Belshazzar. Daniel was answering God’s call for him.
59 Ernest C. Lucas, 131 60 Ernest C. Lucas, 131

What positive attitudes do I need to cultivate in my workplace?

Write a prayer to God as your response from your meditation on and application of the Scriptures.
Prayer Pointers:
  • Give thanks and praise
  • Pray for leaders
  • Pray for significant people
  • Pray for the Generations: To view their vocation as answering God’s call for their lives
  • Pray for self

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