The Prophet Mary
God has brought down rulers from their thrones but has lifted up the humble. – Luke 1:52 (NIV)
Mary has words. Strong words. Prophetic words. Because—do realize—this was a prophecy.
After Gabriel’s troubling visit, reflecting on what God has done with the announcement of this child she will bear, Mary has a vision.
But the road towards it will be perilous.
The ruler on the throne will persecute her family. He will force them out of the country.
In hot pursuit of Jesus, the king will round up all of the male children under 2 years old. He will massacre these innocent children. Babies.
No doubt the Prophet Mary saw the king’s potential to do such a horrific thing.
Prophets see into the future and proclaim God’s will.
Would that it doesn’t take millennia to realize it.
Our soul magnifies you, O God. May we heed the words of the prophets of yesterday, today, and tomorrow.
Kaji Douša is the Senior Pastor of The Park Avenue Christian Church, a congregation of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and the United Church of Christ, in New York City.