Joy To The World Christmas 2014 Luke 1:46-56 • Verse 47: "rejoiced“ – aor. act. ind. of agalliaō (G21) - To show or feel a lively or triumphant joy; to rejoice exceedingly; to be highly elated or jubilant. • Now, This is in spite of the fact that Mary could have been stoned to death for being pregnant, or could have been put away (divorced) by Joseph. • Mary's “Magnificat” may have been based on several passages of Scripture. The first is in Psalm 98. Psalm 98 • In verses 4, 6, and 8 we have the concept of rejoicing. • The word rejoice in verse 4 is a present middle imperative in the Septuagint - the mood of command! • It is the same Greek word (agalliaō) that Mary uses in Luke chapter 1. • The Isaac Watts hymn, "Joy to the World!" is said to be from Psalm 98. Habakkuk 3:18 • Notice the context of verse 18 - all of chapter 3 is dealing with judgment. • Yet Habakkuk is able to rejoice in the Lord and say, “The Lord God is my strength” in verse 19. • This is very similar to Nehemiah 8:10b which says, “The joy of the Lord is my strength.” • The heading in my Bible calls this chapter, “The Triumphant Faith of Habakkuk.” I Samuel 2 • Notice that this passage is very similar to the passage in Luke chapter 1, in that both women are praying concerning a supernatural pregnancy. • Now Hannah did not have the best of circumstances - she had a rival wife that tormented her! (See 1:2, 6, & 7.) • Note that in none of these passages did rejoicing depend on circumstances. • In John 10:10 Jesus says the thief does not come except to steal and to kill and to destroy. • Satan is that thief and he desires to steal and kill and destroy our joy because he knows that the joy of the Lord is our strength. • He does not want strong warriors battling against him. • Philippians 4:4 tells us to "Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say rejoice!"