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Written by Jim Jordal   
Thursday, 30 July 2015

MARY, MOTHER OF JESUS, PROPHESIES WHAT HER SON WILL ACCOMPLISH

By Jim Jordal

 Mary said, "My soul magnifies the Lord. My spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior,  For he has looked at the humble state of his handmaid. For behold, from now on, all generations will call me blessed. For he who is mighty has done great things for me. Holy is his name. His mercy is for generations of generations on those who fear him. He has shown strength with his arm. He has scattered the proud in the imagination of their heart. He has put down princes from their thrones. And has exalted the lowly. He has filled the hungry with good things. He has sent the rich away empty.                                                             Luke 1:46-53 WEB

The Song of Mary, as this biblical passage is called, sets forth some profound changes her Son will bring forth upon the earth as he initiates his God-given kingdom by showing mercy to the oppressed and scattering the political power of arrogant rulers and wealthy oppressors.

It’s “fruit basket upset” for the haughty rulers and oppressive systems of this world as they lose their death grip on political, economic, and social institutions originally designed to bring freedom and justice to common people. But history reveals a truth that even well-intentioned people and institutions can be high-jacked by money and power. This is revealed daily as we suffer through the present partisan conflict leading to a virtual paralysis of Congress. And the debacle of impotent government continues in many of our courts as they make decisions that would make the Founding Fathers weep as they watch the nation being surrendered to the bastions of wealth and power.

It’s easy to reach the conclusion, as some have done, that the world has already drifted too far toward societies characterized by lies, violence, subterfuge, disrespect, and operating values more consistent with the jungle than a free, just society. How, they say, can we regain control of our institutions when legislators, courts, and administrators owe their positions to massive campaign contributions now called an exercise of “free speech” by judicial decree?

Progressives and populists persist in claiming that, as deceased Texan political commentator Molly Ivins once said: “What you need is sustained outrage…there’s far too much unthinking respect given to authority.” But even sustained outrage fails to materialize when the public is seduced into acquiescence by a culture of lies, vapid entertainment, fast food, a craze for possessions, addiction to drugs, and a quiescent attitude based, not upon advocating for justice now, but upon maintaining the “good” life as passive consumers of pleasure and “things.”

But enough on what we can do: What will God do? Mother Mary says it clearly: God through His Son has “scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts,” which sounds like the outrageous arrogance of many wealthy dominators and corruptors will be separated from their ability to achieve their evil desires. In other words, they will lose their power to do evil, no matter what their intentions. Some people insist that the system can be reformed, but I think I’ll agree with Jeremiah when he plaintively says: “Can the Ethiopian change his skin or the leopard its spots? Then may you also do good who are accustomed to do evil” (Jer. 23:23, NKJV).  

Jesus will also “put down the mighty from their thrones,” meaning that they will no longer rule; and “exalt the lowly,” or deliver common people from ages of oppression and bondage. From the beginning of history oppression of the weak by the strong has been the major fact of political and economic life, but this will now end as the “hungry are filled with good things and the rich sent away empty.”

We watch this happen daily as we see the evil deeds of the powerful exposed and the perilous plights of the poor revealed. We are watching God’s plan for His Son’s kingdom unfold, so “lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near” (Luke 21:28).