Mary understands that the baby she bears is God’s fulfilled promise to Israel. Reflecting on her pregnancy, she sings:
He has helped his servant Israel,Luke 1:54-55
remembering to be merciful
to Abraham and his descendants forever,
just as he promised our ancestors.”
How does the Old Testament connect with the New? Through Jesus. Jesus is the answer to all of God’s promises to Israel, and so the New Testament is part 2 of Israel’s story, in which God moves to bless the entire world, both Jew and Gentile.
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