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Joy Came To Earth – Religion and The World Did Not Know And Still Don’t

Consider – before the Incarnation, God had not spoken to man (through the prophets) for over four hundred years! Selah

When God finally had something to say it centered on joy and a Person!

Even though this joy was for the whole wide world, joy happened in a small and ‘hidden’ way, consequently religion and the world didn’t know it and still don’t!

‘Hidden’ Joy

God’s way – small, hidden, humble.Mary Greets Elizabeth

Look at these small ‘hidden’ joy-filled encounters involving the Incarnation story. Note Greek meaning elaborations included.

  • Elizabeth shouted with clamorous screaming that was extremely boisterous with great emotion as she explained, upon hearing the sound of Mary’s voice, how her baby John in utero – leaped skipped, bounded with exuberant, wild, ecstatic, delightful joy! (Lk 1:39-45)
  • Mary, while pregnant with Jesus, extolled that her spirit was experiencing a gladness that was jumping in celebration! (Lk 1:47)
  • The angel, standing before the shepherds, reassuringly and excitedly declared – Don’t be afraid, I bring good news of great and large joy! It is a joy because of grace recognized. And this joyful news is for ALL the people!” (Lk 2:9,10)
  • Then suddenly the sky filled with a multitude of heavenly host, who brought the message to conclusion – “peace to the earth and goodwill, happiness, favor, and delight in men”. (Lk 2:13,14)Heavenly Host Declaring Peace and Goodwill Towards All
  • The Shepherds urgently went searching for the babe. Can you imagine their wide-eyed excitement and anticipatory joy at what they would find? Afterwards encountering, they spread abroad this joyful good news. Those who heard marveled and were astonished. Perhaps because it came from shepherds! (Lk 2:16-18)
  • The Wise Men, after their arduous long-seeking journey, when they saw the star standing still to indicate where Jesus was, rejoiced with excessive, violent, extreme, great, loud, even fierce joy and delight. (Mt 2:9-10)
  • The earth was given a declaration of peace – i.e. a sense of welfare, to tie together into a whole, God’s gift of wholeness. Imagine the joy with that kind of ‘togetherness’! (Lk 2:14)

Joy Is The Focus Not Sin

When Jesus became flesh it was a happy, exuberant celebration. Joy for the world was the Godhead’s focus in coming to earth. Sadly, sin is religion’s focus for His coming.Oh The Joy!

Please realize Jesus did not have to come, He wanted to come to restore truth. Jesus came to show us who the Father really is and who we really are. (Jn 14:9 2Tim 1:9)

God did not send His Son into the world to condemn it, but that the world be saved, preserved, rescued on account of His Son. (Jn 3:17)

God’s joy over us propelled Him to come and remove the emptiness of sin that was keeping us from real relationship with Him.

Sin literally means ‘without form, having no substance’. Truly when we sin there is no fullness in it. It leaves us formless and empty in the long run.

God hates that emptiness. He originally made us to enjoy His fullness. Jesus came to restore that fullness. That is why God was so happy when, after 400 years, the fullness of time had come to reveal His eternal joy over us and restore access to the fullness.

Dig In

  • At times it can seem God is nowhere to be found, all is silent, life seems hopeless. But joy is coming. He might surprise you in a humble hidden way. Be open to believe (be persuaded) and receive, just like Mary. (Lk 1:38)
  • If you live in fear and guilt in your relationship with God, then know that is a religious relationship. Repent = change your religious mindset! Joy is a huge part of  God’s kind of relationship. Ask for the real deal. He longs for you to have it.
  • The Incarnation is huge – it means God enjoys our human ‘be-ing’. And God is not partial in His enjoyment. Consider – He made known to illiterate poor shepherds (the lowliest of people in that culture and time) something profound. In the darkness and quiet of the night He let them encounter  the supernatural and hear heaven-resounding news that affected the whole wide world. The shepherds didn’t grasp it all. But, they were one little hidden way He expressed His value of all mankind.

Joy to the world the Lord has come!

Oh the Fullness in hidden smallness!

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Satan Fell Like Lightening Names Written In Heaven Things Hidden From The Wise Part 3 Things Hidden from the Wise

Part 3 Things Hidden from the Wise

Luke 10:21

In that hour Jesus rejoiced in the Spirit and said, “I thank you Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and revealed them to babes. Even so, Father, for so it seemed good in Your sight.” (NKJ)

Questions
• Why was Jesus so happy about hiding things?
• What hidden ‘things’ was Jesus referencing?
• Who are the wise?
• Who are the infants?
• Why did hiding seem good to God?

I used to think this verse basically meant that Jesus rejoiced because the Father had hidden the things about ‘Satan falling like lightning’ and ‘names written in heaven’ from the wise and revealed them to babes.

If verse 21 is the summary of the preceding dialogue with the seventy (vs. 17-20), then in effect Jesus would be telling the seventy they were babes. In fact, the Greek for ‘babes’ also means simple-minded, immature. Hmm, were the seventy offended?

Surely there had to be more to this verse.

Enter – mulling, waiting, looking-up Greek words. 🙂

Oh my goodness, how do I condense what I uncovered!

If I condensed, you might not believe my summary. You might say, ‘Well that’s just your big idea.’ Of course, you still can after reading what I concluded. But, for those who like the details, bear with me as I unfold Jesus’ ecstatic joy.

Hey, feel free to skip all the Greek meanings and ponder the blue summations.

Heads up – Jesus’ overwhelming joy is about revelation of Himself!

“In that hour Jesus rejoiced in the Spirit and said, “I thank you Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and revealed them to babes. Even so, Father, for so it seemed good in Your sight.” (Luke 10:21)

Greek breakdown

“In that hour”
• in – en – within, inside, fig. in the realm of, as in the condition or state in which something operates from the inside
• that – autos – self (emphatic), gives him (it) emphatic prominence; he, she, it, same
• hour – hora – the daytime (from rising to setting of sun), a time or period, season, a moment
Within Jesus’ self

“Jesus rejoiced in the Spirit” – Greek breakdown Joy Uncontained
• rejoiced – agalliáō – I exult, am full of joy, rejoice greatly. From agan, “much, very” and hállomai, “jump, leap”. Properly, getting so glad one jumps in celebration; to exult or boast because so experientially joyful.
• in – en – within, inside, fig. in the realm of, as in the condition or state in which something operates from the inside
• Spirit – pneuma – properly, spirit (Spirit), wind, breath
Jesus jumped up and down because He was filled with joy within the Spirit.

“I thank you Father”
• I thank – exomologeo – I consent fully, to fully agree and to acknowledge that agreement openly and whole-heartedly, to openly declare without reservation. This word comes from two Greek words ek – wholly out from, and homolegeo – to say the same thing about.
• Father – note the relational connection Jesus has as fully Man and Fully God’s Son
Jesus said, “Father, I totally agree, I openly and whole-heartedly without reservation say the same thing you are saying!”

“Lord of heaven and earth”
• Lord – kýrios – properly, a person exercising absolute ownership rights; lord (Lord)
• of – ho – the (of the)
• heaven – ouranos – (a) the visible heavens: the atmosphere, the sky, the starry heavens, (b) the spiritual heavens.
• and – kai – and, even, also, namely.
• of the
• earth – – the earth, soil, land, region, country, inhabitants of a region
Father, I also acknowledge that you are Lord and have absolute ownership rights of the heavens and of the earth.

“that You have hidden these things”
• that – hoti – that, since, because
• you have hidden – apokruptó – I hide away, conceal, keep secret
• these things – houtos – this, he, she, it
You concealed and kept secret this (i.e. Him, Me – the Word made flesh)

“from the wise and prudent”
• from – apo – from, away from
• wise – sophos – wise, learned, cultivated, skilled, clever
• and – kai – and, even, also, namely
• prudent – sunetos -: intelligent, prudent, wise, understanding, discerning; has to do with “personal” understanding that results from correlating facts (concepts), an understanding that works in keeping with one’s own perspective.
away from wise, learned, clever and those who think they understand, but it’s with their own biases of understanding and clever thinking
from the learned and clever, even namely those who use their personal understanding based on their own biases

“and revealed them to babes”
• and – kai – and, even, also, namely
• revealed – apokaluptó – I uncover, bring to light, reveal. Properly, uncover, revealing what is hidden (veiled, obstructed), especially its inner make-up; (figuratively) to make plain (manifest), particularly what is immaterial (invisible).
• them – autos – self (emphatic), gives him (it) emphatic prominence; he, she, it, same [note: same autos used in “in that hour”!]
• to babes – népios – unlearned, unenlightened; noun: an infant, child; fig. a simple-minded or immature personBaby Joy Overflowing
and namely You uncovered and brought to light Me to infants, the unlearned and the simple-minded.

“Even so Father, for so it seemed good in Your sight” (please note I am using the Greek format on this section as opposed to the NKJ translation to show the full meaning)
• even – nai – yes, certainly, even so; a particle of assertion or confirmation – yea, verily, truly, assuredly
• so – hoti – that, since, because
• well-pleasing – eudokía – properly, what seems good or beneficial to someone; satisfaction, happiness, “good pleasure.”
• was it – ginomai – I come into being, am born; properly, to emerge, become, transitioning from one point (realm, condition) to another; means “to become, and signifies a change of condition, state or place”; to complete, finish. (Note: ginomai is the word used for “the Word became (ginomai) flesh Jn 1:14)
• before – emprosthen – in front, before the face
• You
Yes, truly, certainly because You were well-pleased with Me (the One who came, was born into being as flesh, like a man) and I was before Your very face. We have always been close and I bring You great happiness and satisfaction. In Me, You are well-pleased.

Let me say it another way, with a very loose translation of Luke 10:21 in light of these Greek words and understanding their fuller meanings.

Within His self, in a certain moment, revelation washed over the Man Jesus. The result – Jesus got so glad it caused His to jump in joyful celebration. He was overtaken with joy and said “Father, you are Lord of heaven and earth – you exercise absolute ownership of heaven and earth! Father, I totally agree with You! I get it that you have chosen to hide these things (actually Me and who I really am) from the wise, the intellectuals, and those biased by their own take on things. I am in wholehearted agreement with You revealing these wondrous things of Me becoming flesh, becoming just like mankind – to infants and children, to the simple-minded and unlearned. Certainly, Me becoming flesh before Your very face was so well-pleasing to You. I am overjoyed with Who I am as God made flesh so all might see who We really made them to be. What a surprise it is to mankind that God would become so close! They can never figure it out with their minds, as Your love manifested as flesh will only come by revelation. In fact that is what caused Me to be exuberantly joyful – the Spirit’s delight in this mystery of God becoming flesh washed over Me as fully Man.

Wow!
Then Jesus goes on to tell the seventy that no one knows who the Son is except the Father, and no one knows who the Father is except the Son, and to whom the Son wills (GR intend, to plan with full resolve and determination) to reveal the Father. (Lk 10:22)

Please note that the words ‘the one’ are added to this verse – i.e. “…and the one to whom the Son wills to reveal Him.” (NKJ)  If we didn’t know the Greek meaning of ‘wills’ (intend, plan with full resolve) then it reads like only certain ones that the Son wills, will find out who the Father is.

The Father and the Son want all of us to know them! 

However, they are concealing a beautiful mystery of Love made flesh and the only way the secret is revealed is through revelation. The intellectuals and learned cannot grasp this kind of love and true identity.

So let go of trying to figure God out with your intellect and biases. Become like a child and be filled with wonder.

Just like the wonder of Christmas when  we celebrate God becoming flesh as a baby, just like us.

Oh, and the added wonder! “The Word became flesh and dwelt among us.” (Jn 1:14). Actually in the Greek ‘dwelt among’ means ‘within’!

Let’s wake up to the mystery already within and receive freely with jumping joy, just like the joy Jesus expressed. That is fullness.

Dig In
• When considering a passage remember to look for Jesus who became flesh, who became just like us, to show us who we really are – wonderful reflections of God. He is hiding to be discovered.
• If a translation seems to make God out as mean, hiding things, favoring certain people, demanding things of us – then it just might be worthwhile to look up a few words in the Greek to see what is really being said!
• There is an incredible joy that goes with God becoming flesh and it’s ours too. It is simply part of His fullness – children readily get that.

If God Is Mean and Demanding Then Why Is He So Joyful? Part 2 Parrots or Fireworks?

Have you been ever been programmed? Hey, isn’t that something cults do? Are Christians programmed? I say we are, more than we realize.

Personal experience example:

  • Pastor says, “God is good.”
  • Congregational rote response, “All the time God is good.”
  • In some churches there will even be applause after these statements. Like a ‘yay God’ additional rote response.

Now these are true statements, and there can be sincerity in the interaction. However, there is a problem.

How many of those in their programmed response really believe those words?

If the majority of Christians could be honest, they would hesitatingly and fearfully share their belief that, God is NOT so good all the time. In fact, they would say, He can be mean, demanding, and even heartless.

The result of such scary honesty – guilt and condemnation. God doesn’t bring this on. Religion does. Programmed religion does.

Can “God is good” become trite? You bet. Rote has a way of making things lack luster, even annoying. It’s kind of like “Polly wants a cracker. Polly wants a cracker. Polly wants a cracker.”  Polly was programmed. We would do well to pause and consider where else in our Christianity have we been programmed.Don't be a parrot Christian!

God does not want parrots, He wants reflections.
The Lord is not programmed in His responses toward us – they are fresh, genuine, and new every morning. How do we reflect that?

First, get free from ‘programmed’ Christianity and churchianity! ‘Stop going through the motions, stop following the crowd. “Programmed’ sucks the joy right of you. Opt for fresh and new every day in your relationship with Him.

Startled by fireworks

In the spirit, I was startled to see fireworks. They were “wow!” visions from the Lord. Now I am fully grasping what He was showing me, after several years. The one true God is like fireworks going off all the time!His joy is like fireworks!

Those fireworks are all about us!
He lights up every time He thinks about
each one of us
.

Remember, David said His thoughts towards us are more numerous than the sand.(Ps 139:17-18) Now that is a lot of thoughts and that means a lot of fireworks!

Fireworks are fun and celebratory. I’ve seen them bring bright-eyed joy and smiles to my grandchildren.  Shoot, I’ve even seen that happen with adults. Fireworks are hugely spontaneous because when they are lit we don’t know exactly when they are going off. Also, fireworks can be used to make a big statement about something.

God has a big statement to make about us – fun, spontaneous, and celebratory! There is absolutely no dull rote stuff going on with Him in how He feels about us. With absolute confidence I can declare – God’s fireworks over us explode with joy!

Fireworks Scripture

“The Lord your God is in your midst, The Mighty One , will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.” (Zephania 3:17)

Okay, I know, there is no reference to fireworks in Zephania. Go figure, they didn’t have them back then.

But let’s check out a few Hebrew meanings in this passage to see if there are any hints of symbolic fireworks.

First, where is this happening?

  • …in your midst (Heb. qereb – inward part, in the middle)

Secondly, what is God doing in you?

  • The Mighty One, will save (Heb. ‘yasha’ – deliver, endow, gain the victory, help, preserve, keep safe)
  •  He will rejoice over you (Heb. ‘sus’ – delight, delighted, exult, glad, rejoice greatly)
  • with gladness (Heb. ‘simchah’ -delight, exceeding joy, festival, gladness, happiness, joy, mirth, pleasure, rejoicing)
  • He will quiet you with His love (Heb. charash – silent, speechless, rest, engrave)
  • He will rejoice over you (Heb. gil – cry, exult, glad, rejoices, joy)
  • with singing – (Heb. rinnah – cry, joy, joyful shouting, joyful singing, shouts of joy, shrieks of joy)

Here is my elaborated translation of Zeph 3:17 –

The Mighty Warrior, God, inside you, is exulting and rejoicing greatly with delight, gladness, mirth, pleasure, and happiness. He is speechless with love for you, and has engraved His love in you. He exults, rejoices, cries out with joyful singing, joyful shouting, and shrieks of joy in and over you!

 Sure looks like something spontaneous, sparkly, vivid, expressive, celebratory, and colorful. Seriously fun fireworks of joy over you!

By the way, would any mighty warrior look so foolish or even have such effusive joy? Who is this God?!

Please notice these key things about His joy over you:

  • no time limits to it
  • no preconditions to be met
  • no maintenance required on your part
  • no restrictions on His quantity or quality
  • no special location needed

May He grace us with the revelation of His joy over us. Then we can really start indulging in His joy. He sure wants us to do that. He wants us free of the lies and misunderstanding where we think He is mean, demanding, or heartless.

Get it! His joy is contagious!

Dig Deep

  • Ask God to deprogram you from all the rote stuff in religion. He doesn’t program anyone. He wants us being His little spontaneous fireworks of joy. My, what a display of fullness!
  • You will know when your “God is good” statement is no longer trite or rote. Those words will burst forth with inner and outer expressions of wondrous joy and delight.
  • Can you imagine, when we get this revelation of His joy over ALL mankind – a big facet of the true Gospel – how we would each shriek out with joy,
    God is joyful! All the time God is joyful!

What’s With All the Joy Over Jesus’ Birth? Part 2 Mary Angels Shepherds Wise Men It’s For You Too!

Christmas Day is around the corner. Oh joy! Is it? For you?

Now what’s the big deal about joy at this time of the year? Well, something happened historically that  supernaturally released a lot of joy.

Isn’t it something that most of the world and most Christians have yet to grasp the magnitude and depth of deliriously expressive joy.

John the Baptist, Mary, a heavenly host of angels, shepherds, and Wise Men from the Far East had the pleasure of experiencing this seemingly silly joy. Actually I think they were allowed to tap into a Source of joy or rather, Joy tapped into them. Obviously they had no understanding of the FULLNESS of this joy unspeakable that showed up as a little bitty baby.

Hey, just maybe the Lord was trying to get us to see through these few, who had no idea what was really going on nor had they done anything to earn it, that excessive delight is available – for free! No conditions, no requirements.

What kind of joy?

We talked about baby John (the Baptist) and his wild joy in the previous post. To save time and words, here is a (Greek) nutshell explaining the kind of joy experienced by

  • Mary – her spirit rejoiced in God – exulted much, leaped, was so glad she jumped in celebration because of being so experientially  joyful  (Lk 1:47)
  • The angel (that showed up in the middle of the night in front of the shepherds) – he brought good news of large, great (in the widest sense) joy and gladness. (Lk 2:10)
  • The sky full of angels (that also astounded the shepherds) – declared peace to the earth and goodwill (happiness, favor, delight) in men. (in is the real meaning of the Greek word translated ‘toward’ in most versions!) (Lk 2:13-14)The heavens announce joy to the world! Illustration by Gordon Stowell
  • The shepherds – now there are no specific ‘joy’ Greek words regarding these guys – but can’t you just imagine the wondrous delight they encountered in hearing the angels’ news of happiness for and in all?  Obviously their haste to Bethlehem and their wide pronouncement to many speaks of some kind of uncontained excitement and delight. Then those who heard their stupendous news marveled and were astonished at what they spoke. (Lk 2:16-18)
  • Wise Men – when they saw the star they rejoiced with excessive, violent, extreme, great, loud, even fierce joy and delight. Now we are talkin’ serious joy overload here! (Mt 2:9-10)

Ever seen a Christian so ‘out of it’ with delirious, hilarious, Fierce silly joy uncontained! Photo by Crystal Munoz 'Chasing Beauty and Love Photography'uncontained, rip-snortin’, exuberant, excessive, joy? How about fierce and violent joy like the Wise Men experienced? Whoa!

Of course religious tradition would say that is not proper. There must be decorum and control. We certainly don’t want to offend anyone.

Does churchianity even know this kind of joy is part of our inheritance?! Pretty much, not. Hey, maybe a smile or a laugh, but not silly hilarious joy.

Do you think Mary or the Wise Men were worried about what other people thought of their extravagant behavior? Nope. They were in a place beyond that. And they didn’t even know the full story of what was unfolding with His coming! But we can!

Then why aren’t more Christians stupefied with joy? Religion.

You just can’t be religious with the kind of joy experienced by those above.

May this Christmas stir up in you a desire to know this JOY. May He overtake you with outrageous gladness!

Dig In

  • There is more to this joy than being exuberantly joyful. It also has to do with strength. “The joy of the Lord is your strength.” (Neh 8:10)
  • Paul knew this joy-filled strength, even in the midst of a dark prison cell. (Php Php 1:18 2:17 3:1 4:4). Circumstances are not to control your joy level.
  • Increase your sensitivity to restrictions and expectations of churchianity and religion. They are joy killers!

What’s With All the Joy Around Jesus’ Birth? Part 1 Baby John

Ever wonder –
how much joy happened?
who had the joy?
what kind of joy was it?
when was this joy?
what did darkness have to do with this joy?

How much joy?

Gosh, how do you measure joy – by the cup, by the gallon, by the barrel?

Is there such a thing as immeasurable joy? You bet. We all need this immeasurable joy?! In fact it is part of our inheritance.

Who had this joy – way back when?

  • Baby John (AKA John the Baptist)
  • Mary
  • The Angels
  • The Shepherds
  • The Wise Men
  • The World

For this post let’s do

Baby John’s joy

 Two key dynamics here – a voice and a leap

The setting –
Mary, was in the midst of hearing incredible news, from the angel Gabriel no less. She heard the Holy Spirit would come upon her and the power of the Highest would overshadow her so that she would conceive, and give birth to God’s Son (God’s incarnation). As if that wasn’t enough baffling good news, the angel also explained that her relative, Elizabeth (a barren woman, now in her old age), was six months pregnant! Goodness gracious, what a day of news!

Mary takes off from Galilee, for an 80-100 mile hike to the hill country in Judah to visit her Elizabeth!

Was Mary so full of joy and wonder that she just couldn’t sit still? I bet there was a lilt in her step over all those hills as she walked, and walked, and walked. Figure about 24 hours to get there.

Mary arrives with a greeting. Ever wonder what Mary said?

But, it wasn’t her words, it was her voice that sparked a special response!

When Elizabeth heard the greeting, six 6 month old John,  while in her womb, leaped. (Lk 1:41)Visitation by Carl Bloch

Elizabeth explained, “…as soon as the voice of your greeting came into my ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy.” (Lk 1:44)

Okay, gotta do a little Greek to get this joy.

heard –  akoúō  (ak-oo’-o) – I hear, listen, comprehend by hearing; properly, to hear (listen); (figuratively) to hear God’s voice which prompts Him to birth faith within (cf. Ro 10:17).  akoúō) is the root of the English term, “acoustics.”]

voicephóné  (fo-nay’) – a sound, noise, voice

cameginomai  (ghin’-om-ahee) – I come into being, am born, to emerge, become, transitioning from one point (realm, condition) to another

leap/leapedskirtaó  (skeer-tah’-o) – I leap (for joy), skip, bound

foren  (en) – in, on, among. En (a preposition) – properly, in (inside, within); (figuratively) “in the realm (sphere) of,” as in the condition (state) in which something operates from the inside (within).
[Obviously the word ‘for’ used in this passage is not the most accurate translation on en!]

joyagalliasis (ag-al-lee’-as-is) – exultation, exhilaration, wild joy, ecstatic delight, exultation. (from agalliáō, “to exalt” – exuberant joy; “intense joy and gladness”)

John didn’t do just a little leap in his mommy’s womb.

We’re talkin’ about an inward exhilarating, wild, ecstatic, intense joy and delight of skipping and  bounding – that manifest itself physically!

Geesh! Did that leap hurt? Apparently not, Elizabeth, being filled with the Holy Spirit after her son leaped,  shouted out with a loud voice… (Lk 1:42)

Realize – Elizabeth was one wild crazy old lady at that moment. She shatters the ‘little old lady’ mindset.

A little more Greek

loudmegas (meg’-as) – large, great, in the widest sense

voice kraugé  (krow-gay’)  a shout, clamor, outcry (from 2896 /krázō, “cry out” – loud crying, done with pathos (great emotion); clamorous screaming (shrieking) that is extremely boisterous

Whoa! Can you cop a picture of Elizabeth?!

Now some might think – well, I don’t want to look that stupid. However, it sure looks like this kind of reaction can happen when you tap into the pure Gospel.

Of course Mary, Elizabeth, and John only had an inkling at how good this news was really going to be. We on the other side of this wondrous story have a clearer opportunity to realize what this immeasurable joy is all about. Just remember though that religion is really good at stifling fullness of joy by its ignorance, misunderstanding, and proper decorum mindset.

Next post – Mary gets ‘whacked’ with joy!

Dig In

  • Looking up some key Greek words really helps to dig into what is really being said in a passage of scripture. BibleHub.com (LINK) is my go to source for getting the goods.
  • Jesus stated, “out of the mouth of babes You have established strength.” Scripture also states “the joy of the Lord is my strength”. In light of baby John, we could also include, ‘out of the movement of babes…’  Hmm, how strong was baby John at just 6 months in the womb?! Now don’t forget, this exhilarating joy burst forth all because of a sound. It’s that simple. You can’t work it up. Let the sound (the acoustics) of His voice reverberate in you – the same wild joy can be yours. It’s part of fullness!
  • Something else to ponder – ginomai – the Greek word used when Mary’s voice came into Elizabeth’s ears, is the same word used in Jn 1:14 “And the Word became flesh…” Hmm, now that’s a whole ‘nother  point to dig into! Just sayin’ – those Greek meanings are worth the search.