The Magnificat Prayer Of Mary In Luke 1:46-55
Posted by Job on June 13, 2007
Luke 1:46-55 And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord, for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed. For he that is mighty hath done to me great things; and holy is his name. And his mercy is on them that fear him from generation to generation. He hath shewed strength with his arm; he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts. He hath put down the mighty from their seats, and exalted them of low degree. He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich he hath sent empty away. He hath holpen his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy; As he spake to our fathers, to Abraham, and to his seed for ever.
First, let us attend to the false doctrine of Catholics who worship Mary. From Mary’s own prayer, she was obviously not worth being worshipped. Consider her statement “And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour. For he hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden” Had she been born free of original sin, how then, could she have been of low estate? And why did she need a Saviour? The only people ever to have lived that were free of original sin at any point were Jesus Christ, Adam, and Eve. Yet, the Bible is clear that all but Jesus Christ sinned (Romans 3:23, 1 Peter 2:22). Is redemption possible for one who sins in the absence of a sin nature? Well, the Bible has not given any redemption plan for Satan or the demons, nor was any way of redemption given for Adam and Eve. There is not even any redemption for the Christian that continues in sin and blasphemes the Holy Ghost; the sin unto death that Paul delivered the man living in a sexual relationship with his mother unto Satan in order to try to save him from (1 Corinthians 5:5) as well as Hymenaeus and Alexander (1 Timothy 1:20) … a state of reprobation that we are not even to pray for those who enter it (1 John 5:16 – 17). So, had Mary indeed been born free of original sin, there would have been no redemption for her. Rather than being the Catholic queen of heaven, she would be headed for an eternity in the lake of fire. And being that she sinned, she is unworthy for any man to pray to; unworthy of deification, elevation, or veneration.
Another reason why the Catholic (and Eastern Orthodox) practice of venerating Mary is given in this very prayer. Mary was just another person just like you or I. Yet God took this ordinary person of low estate, this person born in sin who committed sin, and used her corrupt flesh as a vessel to work the greatest miracle that ever has been but ever will be: the Word of God becoming flesh. God, which is an omnipotent omnipresent omniscient spirit without beginning or end that the heavens cannot contain (1 Kings 8:27) and the mind cannot comprehend, became a human that inhabited a particular space and lived in a particular time in history without compromising His manhood, His deity, or the nature of God’s Holy Tri – Unity. Why did God use Mary in such a fashion? It is true that Mary was a righteous woman who through faith and obedience submitted herself to God’s Will. But the point was not Mary. The miracle was not Mary. The work was not Mary. It was God. It was the sovereign will of the sovereign God, the I AM, the Self – Existing One, to use Mary in the manner that He pleased.
So, this prayer of Mary shows that you do not have to be special, someone of high degree, birth, or estimation, someone of renown, a “nice good person”, for God to use you to do great things. It doesn’t matter if you are poor. It doesn’t matter if you are handicapped or have mental or emotional problems. It doesn’t matter if you are divorced, or a never – married single mother or father. It doesn’t matter if you have had an abortion, or pushed a woman into getting one. It doesn’t matter if you have a criminal record, or are even in jail right now. No matter what your past, no matter what your present, your future can be with the Lord, and in that future God can use you just as He used Mary: to do great things, mighty things, greater things than Jesus Christ Himself did (John 14:12). All you have to do is abandon any notions of righteousness or goodness inherent in you or anyone else, reject all confidence in human works, and submit. Submit yourself to God and tell Him the same thing that Mary did: Do with me as You will (Luke 1:38). Cast aside the foolish notions of dead works and know that God’s only desire of you is that you believe in Him as He is revealed to you through the scriptures, that you know Him as He shows Himself to you through the scriptures, and that you obey His Will as it is revealed to you through the scriptures. Know this thing and do this thing, and like Mary your soul WILL magnify the Lord. Also, you will be blessed on that great day, the Great White Throne Judgment, when the Son shall testify of you before the Father and the Spirit shall bear witness (see When They Pierced His Side: The Blood And Water Of Jesus Christ) and God tells you well done, calls you His good and faithful servant, and allows you to enter into His rest. If you have not done so already, I invite you to complete The Three Step Salvation Plan so that you might be saved, and the Magnificat Prayer of Mary will also apply to you.