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Sermon on Luke 1:57-80 - The Benedictus

Elizabeth, as well as Mary, recognizes that the birth of her baby is the display of the covenant mercy of Jehovah. For an explanation of the Greek word for mercy, ELEOS, and the Hebrew equivalent, HESED, see the comments on page 15, 16 in the July/August issue of The Counsel. The word denotes that in the birth of the Forerunner and the Savior, God is not only being FAITHFUL to His covenant promises in the Old Testament, He is being GRACIOUS to His people in sending them salvation, which their age-old unfaithfulness and innate sinfulness did not deserve.