Luke 2:19

But Mary treasured all these things, pondering them in her heart.

Background

Who is the author?
Dr. Luke. It is known that the author was from the second generation of the early church, was not an “eyewitness” of Jesus’ ministry (Luke 1:2), and was a Gentile and a physician by profession; cf. Colossians 4:14. The “we” sections of Acts (16:10-17; 20:5-21:18; 27:1-28) assume that the author was a companion of Paul and participated in the events described in those sections.

Where’s the audience?
Theophilus (Luke 1:3). He was probably a man of wealth and social standing, and “most excellent” served as a respectful form of address. Luke’s broader intended audience consisted primarily of Gentile Christians like Theophilus who had already “been taught” (1:4) about Jesus.

Theme?
Luke emphasized the truthfulness of the Christian traditions his readers had been taught, so that by believing in Jesus Christ, the Son of God, they would receive the promised Holy Spirit whom He gives all who follow Him.

Key Word

Treasured (synetērei): to keep closely together, that is, (by implication) to conserve (from ruin); mentally to remember (and obey):- keep, observe, preserve.

Cross references

Luke 2:51, And He went down with them and came to Nazareth, and He continued to be subject to them; and His mother treasured all these things in her heart.

Daniel 7:28, At this point the revelation ended. As for me, Daniel, my thoughts were greatly alarming me and my face became pale, but I kept the matter to myself.”

Psalm 119:11, I have treasured Your word in my heart, So that I may not sin against You.

1 Samuel 21:12, David took these words to heart and greatly feared Achish king of Gath.

Genesis 37:11, And his brothers were jealous of him, but his father kept the matter in mind.

Compare

Young Literal, and Mary was preserving all these things, pondering [them] in her heart;

KJV, But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.

Truth

Mary, a young woman and a new mother, treasured words she didn’t understand that concerned the Son she loved. She pondered, reflected, wondered what it all meant, and kept these things in her heart.

Our hearts must be kept clean and spiritually healthy by the word of God. Faith in God keeps them beating steady. God’s love fills us and His Holy Spirit helps us discern what to treasure and what to release.

Application

Pondering God’s message for us in the Bible helps us process their meaning. Treasuring the Bible keeps His words close at hand, available to recall and encourage us as we face our challenges.

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