Wednesday, February 17, 2010


Luke 2:33
(33)  And his father and his mother marveled at what was said about him.

(33)  καὶ ἦν ὁ πατὴρ αὐτοῦ καὶ ἡ μήτηρ θαυμάζοντες ἐπὶ τοῖς λαλουμένοις περὶ αὐτοῦ.

This comes right after Simeon gets to hold the infant Jesus at the temple.  He rejoices that God was faithful to His promise not to let Simeon die before he saw Messiah.  Then Simeon goes on about how he has seen salvation for the people.  Joseph and Mary don't really understand what is going on.

This has always seemed a bit strange to me.  They know how the baby was conceived.  Joseph had not known her through the whole pregnancy.  Yet they were still amazed at what Simeon said.  Every Jewish family who had a boy hoped that he would be Messiah.  They had more reason to think so than anyone else given how He was conceived.  Yet they didn't understand.

I realize that I do this with the promises of God sometimes.  Read Ephesians 3 sometime and look at how Paul describes what prayer can do.  Look at how Paul describes the power and love of God.  Yet I don't always live my life like I believe that is going to happen.  I don't want to get into word-faith nonsense, but do I even live like I think it could happen?  Not always.

Are you θαυμάζοντες over God and His promises?  That is to say, are you marveling?  Do you have a sense of wonder and awe over what God has done, is doing, and will do based on promises in His Word?  This is one of the reasons why daily time in the Word is so critical.  I know that I need to be in a state of θαυμάζοντες more often.  How about you?

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