54 He has helped his servant Israel,
remembering to be merciful
55 to Abraham and his descendants forever,
just as he promised our ancestors.”
56 Mary stayed with Elizabeth for about three months and then returned home.
Luke 1:54-55 (NIV)
Mary knew and acknowledged what God had done in the past for her ancestors. God always came to the aid of His people. She knew that Abraham and his descendants had been helped many times in the past. As a descendant of Abraham, Mary could trust that God was with her and would help her with the difficult assignment that she faced.
The promise was not just for her, though. The Israelites, the heirs to the Abrahamic covenant, had waiting a long time for a deliverer, the Messiah, a Savior. Mary’s assignment was to birth this Savior. Her assignment would result in success because it was the promise God made to His people.
Jesus came to show mercy to the entire human population. Jesus’ blood covers everyone sins, not just the sins of the Israelites. All those who come in the name of Jesus and ask for forgiveness are shown mercy. Because of Jesus we are all co-heirs with Jesus and can rely on God’s promises.
Knowing this part of history gives us a certain level of boldness. Is that enough for every assignment God has asked of us? Mary probably knew her history well. That knowledge could help face the difficulties in her path. The decedents of Abraham who knew about God’s power had the boldness to complete their assignments, and we need to diligently study God’s Word to build our faith. Diligent study of God’s Word gives us the boldness we need.