Things God has Done for Us

Given us life: “For in Him we live and move and exist, as even some of your own poets have said, ‘For we also are His children.’” (Acts 17:28)

Formed us in the womb: “For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother’s womb.” (Proverbs 19:13)

Allowed us to live until this day: “Come now, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, and spend a year there and engage in business and make a profit.’ Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away. Instead, you ought to say, ‘If the Lord wills, we will live and also do this or that.’” (James 4:13-15)

Provided us with food and goods: “Give us this day our daily bread.” (Matthew 6:11) “For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” (Mathew 6:32-33) “And yet He did not leave Himself without witness, in that He did good and gave you rains from heaven and fruitful seasons, satisfying your hearts with food and gladness.” (Acts 14:17)

Sent His Son to Suffer as our Savior: “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)

Sent out His word so that we can hear it: “So will My word be which goes forth from My mouth; It will not return to Me empty, Without accomplishing what I desire, And without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it.” (Isaiah 55:11)

Allotted to us faith: “For through the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think; but to think so as to have sound judgment, as God has allotted to each a measure of faith.” (Romans 12:3)

Granted us repentance: “God has granted to the Gentiles also the repentance that leads to life.” (Acts 11:18)

Shown us grace and mercy: “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9)

Given us spiritual gifts: “Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, each of us is to exercise them accordingly.” (Romans 12:6)

Granted us what wisdom we have: “But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.” (James 1:5)

Given us the Holy Spirit: “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him?”(Luke 11:13)

Given us absolutely everything: “For who makes you so superior? What do you have that you did not receive? And if you did receive it, why do you boast as though you did not?” (1 Corinthians 4:7)

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Women In Luke’s Gospel

When the Son of God came to earth, His life and death were unlike anything that had ever happened in human history. The crowds “were amazed at His teaching; for He was teaching them as one having authority, and not as the scribes (Mark 1:22).” There was something new, different, and alive about His words that they were not accustomed to. It is no surprise that the gospels are also unlike any other pieces of literature ever written. They reflect the distinctiveness of Christ’s life by the distinctiveness of their own style and content. Take for example only a few examples of the focus in Luke’s gospel on women. For his time, this focus was completely unusual.

  • He focuses on the unique relationship between Mary and Elizabeth as they rejoice together and John leaps in Elizabeth’s womb. (Luke 1:41-44)
  • He records Mary’s “Magnificat,” an astounding and beautiful piece of poetry both in the original Greek and in our modern day worship songs. (Luke 1:46-55)
  • He mentions the prophetess Anna and her blessing of Jesus in the temple. (Luke 2:36-38)
  • He records the healing of at least 4 women, including Peter’s mother-in-law. (Luke 4:38-39)
  • He recounts the anointing of Jesus’ feet by a sinful woman, who is forgiven and commended as someone who loves Jesus much. (Luke 7:37-50)
  • He mentions the poor widow who gave two mites out of her poverty to the temple as an example of beautiful giving. (Luke 21:1-4)
  • He faithfully reports that the women in Jesus’ life did not desert him at his crucifixion the way so many of his male followers did. (Luke 23:49)
  • He records that women were the FIRST to find Jesus’ tomb empty (Luke 24:1-3) and that they were the first to tell the disciples. He even admits that these men foolishly didn’t believe the women, but considered this “idle talk” until they had confirmed it for themselves. (Luke 24:9-12)

In today’s culture of tolerance and acceptance, a focus on the contributions of women might seem normal, but in 1st Century Palestine, such a focus was a remarkable reflection of God’s love for all people. God’s word is timeless. At various times various parts may align with the culture of the day, but all of it is always true and beautiful, and it will endure until the end of time. (Isaiah 40:8)

Mary, mother of Jesus