Participants: Kelly Mowrer
Series Code: HWAL
Program Code: HWAL000370
00:15 Hi, and welcome to His Words are Life.
00:18 I'm Kelly Mowrer and thank you for joining me today.
00:21 We'll be reading from the King James version of the Bible,
00:24 But before we read let's go to Him in prayer.
00:26 Dear God, thank you so much for giving us your word.
00:31 to comfort and strengthen and encourage us to assure us that
00:35 because of the great love of you and your son, we have a
00:38 life with you for all eternity. Please be with us now as we
00:43 read. Help us to understand what we read and may it bear fruit
00:46 in our lives. We love you. Amen.
00:48 When last we read, it was the story of the crucifixion.
00:53 Jesus had been laid to rest in the tomb and a heavy stone
00:56 had been put in front of the entry. And early on the first
00:59 day of the week some women came to anoint him with spices, and
01:03 wondered how they were going to move the stone;
01:04 But when they arrived, they found that the stone was already
01:07 removed. We're picking up now again in Mark, chapter 16,
01:12 verse 5. And entering into the sepulcher, they saw a young man
01:18 sitting on the right side, clothed in a long white garment;
01:21 and they were affrighted. And he saith unto them,
01:24 Be not affrighted: Ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was crucified
01:29 He is risen; he is not here: behold the place where they
01:33 laid him. But go your way, tell his disciples and Peter
01:38 that he goeth before you into Galilee: there shall ye see him,
01:42 as he said unto you. And they went out quickly, and fled
01:46 from the sepulcher; for they trembled and were amazed:
01:49 neither said they any thing to any man; for they were afraid.
01:53 Now when Jesus was risen early the first day of the week,
01:58 he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom
02:02 he had cast seven devils. And she went and told them
02:06 that had been with him, as they mourned and wept.
02:09 And they, when they had heard that he was alive, and had been
02:13 seen of her, believed not. After that he appeared
02:18 in another form unto two of them, as they walked,
02:20 and went into the country. And they went and told it unto the
02:24 residue: neither believed they them. Afterward he appeared
02:30 unto the eleven as they sat at meat, and upbraided them
02:34 with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed
02:38 not them which had seen him after he was risen.
02:41 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach
02:45 the gospel to every creature. He that believeth
02:49 and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not
02:53 shall be damned. And these signs shall follow them that
02:57 believe; In my name shall they cast out devils;
03:00 they shall speak with new tongues;
03:02 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly
03:05 thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick
03:09 and they shall recover. So then after the Lord had spoken
03:13 unto them, he was received up into heaven,
03:16 and sat on the right hand of God and they went forth,
03:20 and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them,
03:23 and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.
03:27 And now reading the Gospel according to Luke,
03:31 beginning with chapter one. Forasmuch as many have taken
03:37 in hand to set forth in order a declaration of those things
03:41 which are most surely believed among us,
03:43 Even as they delivered them unto us, which from the beginning
03:46 were eyewitnesses, and ministers of the word; it seemed good
03:49 to me also, having had perfect understanding of all things
03:53 from the very first, to write unto thee in order,
03:57 most excellent Theophilus, that thou mightest know
04:00 the certainty of those things, wherein thou hast been
04:04 instructed. There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judea
04:08 a certain priest named Zacharias of the course of Abia:
04:12 and his wife was of the daughters of Aaron,
04:15 and her name was Elizabeth. And they were both righteous
04:19 before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances
04:22 of the Lord blameless. And they had no child,
04:25 because that Elisabeth was barren, and they both were
04:29 now well stricken in years. And it came to pass,
04:32 that while he executed the priest's office before God
04:36 in the order of his course, According to the custom
04:39 of the priest's office, his lot was to burn incense
04:43 when he went into the temple of the Lord.
04:45 And the whole multitude of the people were praying without
04:49 at the time of incense. And there appeared unto him
04:52 an angel of the Lord standing on the right side of the altar
04:56 of incense. And when Zacharias saw him, he was troubled,
04:59 and fear fell upon him. But the angel said unto him,
05:04 fear not Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife
05:08 Elizabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name
05:12 John. And thou shalt have joy and gladness;
05:15 and many shall rejoice at his birth. For he shall be great
05:18 in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine
05:21 nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost,
05:25 even from his mother's womb. And many of the children of Israel
05:29 shall he turn to the Lord their God. And he shall go before him
05:34 in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts
05:37 of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient
05:40 to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared
05:44 for the Lord. And Zacharias said unto the angel,
05:48 Whereby shall I know this? for I am an old man, and my wife
05:52 well stricken in years. And the angel answering said unto him,
05:57 I am Gabriel, that stand in the presence of God; and am sent
06:02 to speak unto thee, and to shew the these glad tidings.
06:04 And, behold, thou shalt be dumb, and not able to speak,
06:09 until the day that that these things shall be performed,
06:12 because thou believest not my words, which shall be fulfilled
06:16 in their season. And the people waited for Zacharias,
06:21 and marveled that he tarried so long in the temple.
06:23 And when he came out, he could not speak unto them:
06:27 and they perceived that he had seen a vision in the temple:
06:30 for he beckoned unto them, and remained speechless.
06:33 and it came to pass, that as soon as the days of
06:37 his ministration were accomplished,
06:39 he departed to his own house. And after those days his wife
06:43 Elisabeth conceived, and hid herself five months, saying,
06:48 Thus hath the Lord dealt with me in the days wherein he
06:51 looked on me, to take away my reproach among men.
06:54 And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God
06:59 unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth,
07:01 to a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph,
07:05 of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary.
07:09 And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail,
07:12 thou that art highly favored, the Lord is with thee:
07:16 blessed art thou among women. And when she saw him,
07:20 she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner
07:24 of salutation this should be. And the angel said unto her,
07:28 Fear not Mary: for thou hast found favor with God.
07:31 And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb,
07:35 and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name Jesus.
07:39 He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest:
07:43 and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father
07:47 David: and he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever;
07:52 and of his kingdom there shall be no end.
07:55 Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know
08:00 not a man? And the angel answered and said unto her,
08:04 The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee,
08:07 and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee:
08:10 therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee
08:13 shall be called the Son of God. And, behold, thy cousin
08:19 Elisabeth, she hath also conceived a son in her old age:
08:23 and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren.
08:27 For with God nothing shall be impossible. And Mary said,
08:32 Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me
08:37 according to thy word. And the angel departed from her.
08:40 And Mary arose in those days, and went into the hill country
08:45 with haste, into a city of Judah and entered into the house of
08:48 Zacharias and saluted Elisabeth. And it came to pass, that
08:53 when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary
08:55 the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was filled with
08:58 the Holy Ghost: And she spake out with a loud voice, and said
09:02 blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy
09:06 womb. And whence is this to me, that the mother of my Lord
09:11 should come to me? For, lo, as soon as the voice
09:14 of thy salutation sounded in mine ears, the babe leaped
09:18 in my womb for joy. And blessed is she that believed: for there
09:22 shall be a performance of those things which were told her
09:25 from the Lord. And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord.
09:30 And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour. For he hath
09:34 regarded the low estate of his handmaiden: for, behold,
09:37 from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.
09:40 For he that is mighty hath done to me great things;
09:43 and holy is his name. And his mercy is on them that fear
09:48 him from generation to generation.
09:50 He hath shewed strength with his arm; he hath scattered
09:54 the proud in the imagination of their hearts. He hath put down
09:57 the mighty from their seats, and exalted them of low degree.
10:00 He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich
10:04 he hath sent empty away. He hath helpen his servant Israel,
10:08 in remembrance of his mercy; As he spake to our fathers,
10:12 to Abraham, and to his seed for ever. And Mary abode with her
10:17 about three months, and returned to her own house.
10:20 Now Elisabeth's full time came that she should be delivered;
10:25 and she brought forth a son. And her neighbors and her cousins
10:29 heard how the Lord had shewed great mercy upon her; and
10:32 they rejoiced with her. And it came to pass,
10:36 that on the eighth day they came to circumcise the child;
10:39 and they called him Zacharias, after the name of his father.
10:42 And his mother answered and said, Not so;
10:45 but he shall be called John. And they said unto her,
10:49 There is none of thy kindred that is called by this name.
10:52 And they made signs to his father, how he would have him
10:56 called. And he asked for a writing table, and wrote
10:59 saying, His name is John. And they marveled all.
11:04 And his mouth was opened immediately, and his tongue
11:08 was loosed, and he spake, and praised God.
11:10 And fear came on all that dwelt round about them:
11:14 and all these sayings were noised abroad throughout
11:17 all the hill country of Judea. And all they that heard them
11:21 laid them up in their hearts, saying, What manner of child
11:24 shall this be! And the hand of the Lord was with him.
11:27 And his father Zacharias was filled with the Holy Ghost,
11:31 and prophesied, saying, Blessed be the Lord God of Israel;
11:35 for he hath visited and redeemed his people,
11:38 and hath raised up an horn of salvation for us in the house
11:41 of his servant David; As he spake by the mouth of his
11:45 holy prophets, which have been since the world began:
11:49 That we should be saved from our enemies, and from the hand of
11:52 all that hate us; to perform the mercy promised to our fathers,
11:57 and to remember his holy covenant;
11:59 The oath which he sware to our father Abraham,
12:01 that he would grant unto us, that we being delivered
12:05 out of the hand of our enemies might serve him without fear,
12:09 in holiness and righteousness before him, all the days of
12:12 our life. And thou, child, shalt be called the prophet
12:16 of the Highest: for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord
12:19 to prepare his ways; To give knowledge of salvation
12:23 unto his people by the remission of their sins,
12:25 through the tender mercy of our God; whereby the dayspring
12:30 from on high hath visited us, to give light to them
12:33 that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death,
12:36 to guide our feet into the way of peace.
12:39 And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit,
12:43 and was in the deserts till the day of his shewing unto Israel.
12:47 I'm reading from the book of Luke, chapter two.
12:51 And it came to pass in those days,
12:55 that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus,
12:58 that all the world should be taxed. - And this taxing
13:01 was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria. -
13:04 And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.
13:08 And Joseph also went up from Galilee,
13:10 out of the city of Nazareth, unto Judaea, unto the city
13:14 of David, which is called Bethlehem;
13:16 because he was of the house and lineage of David:
13:19 To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife,
13:23 being great with child And so it was, that,
13:27 while they were there, the days were accomplished
13:29 that she should be delivered. And she brought forth
13:32 her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes,
13:35 and laid him in a manger; because there was no room
13:38 for them in the inn. And there were in the same country
13:41 shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock
13:45 by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them,
13:48 and the glory of the Lord shone round about them:
13:51 and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them,
13:55 Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy,
13:59 which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day
14:03 in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
14:07 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe
14:12 wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
14:15 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude
14:19 of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
14:22 Glory to God in the highest, and on the earth peace, good will
14:27 toward men. - Thank you for joining me today,
14:31 for the reading of the word of God. Goodbye.