Sixth Sunday of Easter
1. John 4: 7 to 10:
Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son [to be] the propitiation for our sins.
Let us love one another: for love is of God, God is love! This applies to anyone!
Acts 10: 34 & 35
Then Peter opened [his] mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.
Every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God!
Acts 10: 44
While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word.
Acts 10: 46
For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. …
They spoke of their love for one another and no one else would understand them. There were probably slaves amongst them who heard all this in a foreign language or a language which they understood only poorly. But they understood the meaning, the feeling of togetherness and love, the feeling of being part of the body of Christ the Saviour!
To love each other was Jesus’ commandment:
John 15: 12
This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.
Jesus even gave a purpose for this commandment:
John 15: 11
These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and [that] your joy might be full.
That is the reason: That your joy might be full, lacking nothing, not even the smallest little thing!
Let us give over ourselves to the Holy Ghost, follow his work within us as little children, knowing nothing.
Luke 1: 28
And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, [thou that art] highly favoured, the Lord [is] with thee: blessed [art] thou among women.
Now there is a special meaning of ‘to come in unto a woman’ which is discussed in Greetings From Paradise in the chapter on The Original Sin! It is different from the expression ‘to know’
Luke 1: 29
And when she saw [him], she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be.
Now the word him is inserted, but I have to say, that the King James Translation is one of the closest here. The word for seeing might also mean understanding. Did she know what had happened to her?
A woman is highly favoured, if she bears an important son for a man or maybe even the heir to the throne for a king. For this she had to be ‘known’.
Luke 1: 34
Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?
Knowing is often construed to mean the sex act since in Genesis 4: 1 it says,
‘And Adam knew Eve his woman; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the LORD.’
As explained in the chapter on the Original Sin in Greetings From Paradise, this verse might just mean, that a man, after it had just been found out what this most beautiful touch of all actually does, put a head dress on his woman, castrated a couple of guys and said to them, ‘Make sure no one touches this woman while I’m out.’ Then he knew that her child was also his! And Eve didn’t like this, therefore she claimed that her child was from the Lord, not from the man, as was thought before people found out the function of this beautiful touch.
Not all women were ‘known’ in that manner. Men only wanted to know their heir. Gen. 5 lists the most important son of each patriarch and then it says that he begot sons and daughters. This just means that he had a lot of sex with random girls in his tribe. It was important to the tribe to have many people. The attitude to children was opposite to today. They were not seen as a burden but as labourers and warriors. So having as many children as possible actually was a true blessing and not an expense in those days. It did not really matter who the father was except for the first born who was going to be chieftain after his father’s death.
So in Luke 1: 34 knowing might just refer to being reserved for bearing an important person, as the angel just had indicated the importance of Jesus to her.
Luke 1: 32 & 33
He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.
Now the angel’s answer to Mary’s question in verse 34 was:
Luke 1: 35
The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.
Now when Mary and Elizabeth talked about the children with whom they were pregnant, Mary said:
Luke 1: 46 to 49
My soul doth magnify the Lord, And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour For he hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden: 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!
What does this last sentence mean?