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Lukas 1:38

Kata Maria: "Sesungguhnya aku ini adalah hamba Tuhan; jadilah padaku menurut perkataanmu itu." Lalu malaikat itu meninggalkan dia.
Luke 1:38

Then Mary said, Behold, I am the handmaiden of the Lord; let it be done to me according to what you have said. And the angel left her.
Lukas 1:46-47

Lalu kata Maria: "Jiwaku memuliakan Tuhan,
dan hatiku bergembira karena Allah, Juruselamatku,

Luke 1:46-47

And Mary said, My soul magnifies and extols the Lord,
And my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,

Lukas 1:48

sebab Ia telah memperhatikan kerendahan hamba-Nya. Sesungguhnya, mulai dari sekarang segala keturunan akan menyebut aku berbahagia,
Luke 1:48

For He has looked upon the low station and humiliation of His handmaiden. For behold, from now on all generations [of all ages] will call me blessed and declare me happy and to be envied!
Lukas 1:49-50

karena Yang Mahakuasa telah melakukan perbuatan-perbuatan besar kepadaku dan nama-Nya adalah kudus.
Dan rahmat-Nya turun-temurun atas orang yang takut akan Dia.

Luke 1:49-50

For He Who is almighty has done great things for me--and holy is His name [to be venerated in His purity, majesty and glory]!
And His mercy (His compassion and kindness toward the miserable and afflicted) is on those who fear Him with godly reverence, from generation to generation and age to age.

Lukas 1:51

Ia memperlihatkan kuasa-Nya dengan perbuatan tangan-Nya dan mencerai-beraikan orang-orang yang congkak hatinya;
Luke 1:51

He has shown strength and made might with His arm; He has scattered the proud and haughty in and by the imagination and purpose and designs of their hearts.
Lukas 1:52-53

Ia menurunkan orang-orang yang berkuasa dari takhtanya dan meninggikan orang-orang yang rendah;
Ia melimpahkan segala yang baik kepada orang yang lapar, dan menyuruh orang yang kaya pergi dengan tangan hampa;

Luke 1:52-53

He has put down the mighty from their thrones and exalted those of low degree.
He has filled and satisfied the hungry with good things, and the rich He has sent away empty-handed [without a gift].

Lukas 1:54

Ia menolong Israel, hamba-Nya, karena Ia mengingat rahmat-Nya,

Luke 1:54

He has laid hold on His servant Israel [to help him, to espouse his cause], in remembrance of His mercy,

Lukas 1:55

seperti yang dijanjikan-Nya kepada nenek moyang kita, kepada Abraham dan keturunannya untuk selama-lamanya."
Luke 1:55

Even as He promised to our forefathers, to Abraham and to his descendants forever.
Lukas 2:48

Dan ketika orang tua-Nya melihat Dia, tercenganglah mereka, lalu kata ibu-Nya kepada-Nya: "Nak, mengapakah Engkau berbuat demikian terhadap kami? Bapa-Mu dan aku dengan cemas mencari Engkau."
Luke 2:48

When his parents saw him, they were astonished. His mother said to him, "Son, why have you treated us like this? Your father and I have been anxiously searching for you."
Yoh 2:5

Tetapi ibu Yesus berkata kepada pelayan-pelayan: "Apa yang dikatakan kepadamu, buatlah itu!"
John 2:5

His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”
     
 
       
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POLITICAL BEHAVIOR reflection wary of Herod

POLITICAL BEHAVIOR reflection wary of Herod
By: RD. Benno Ola Tage
 
On January 8, 2012, we celebrated the event magnus three men visited Jesus born in Bethlehem. This story is what we celebrate in the liturgy we called the "Feast of God Sightings." Reading the Gospel message contained in this celebration of the Gentiles are described in the magnus come and worship Jesus our Lord. However, we highlight the behavior of the characters who rarely preached Herod. In the story of the Magi who visited Jesus, we encounter the figure of Herod. Herod is the ruler of Jerusalem and Judea. He is a smart politician and cunning. He developed a Greek-style buildings in the Palestinian areas. At the end of the period, he was very suspicious of its rivals. In fact he ordered to kill his family members who are assessed and proven to rival him. Herod died a wife, sister and three children because he judged them are those who would seize power.
Masciavelli, a thinker Italy 500 years ago launched a review that to gain power by lawful means. Through his book "Il Principle", he was to review the strategies how cunningly seseorng gain and maintain power. Yes, it is tempting and seductive power. He could make them dark conscience who desire to get and retain power. The behavior of rulers such as Herod was the ruler who justifies the means, provided that he came to power.
But Herod did not want to show the reckless attitude. It has a clever diplomatic skills. Herod called the chief priests and scribes and asked them where the king / messiah of the Jews was born. Them with the answer: "In Bethlehem of Judea. To the three people that Magnus, Herod ordered go to Bethlehem, investigate carefully and tell me the boy that I also went to worship Him as you worship Him.
Herod said he was eager to worship the Child. That's diplomatic style. He has an agenda to kill the boy was just like he killed her three children. Herod called the scribes and chief priests rather than to further the Lord, but to destroy God's work of salvation itself. He manipulated the scribes, he also manipulated the three wise men to maintain power.
In our experience, or perhaps we ourselves have been behaving like Herod. Although we are not as bad as Herod, but the rulers, politicians, or we ourselves have used religion for our own selfish desires filled. We behave as if he has a passion for life keagamaaan but we're looking for is not the will of God, salvation which God designed for us. When what we've gained way, God and religious activities, the Church does not draw our attention again. Striking case is the behavior of the candidates for participating in the election, or candidates who participated in the election. In the campaign they are very diligent beribadat.Mereka will be present in a way that attracts attention among the people. They may contribute to Gereja.Mereka quote-quote Bible verses in conversation. So it does not become clear again he was preaching or campaigning. They will gather religious leaders in silahturahmi event or meeting missed.
Is this behavior to sincerely seek God and worship him? We can only judge from the fruits of his actions. We diligently to church to worship the fruit of our deeds but not according to the Word of God, we need to ask whether God really has revealed himself to me in my life that has become the man that does not damage the salvation of God. And we also become more critical and cautious with people who wish to get a political position but manipulated the religion. But after getting the position, he was the fear of God, well that people who do not manipulate God and his Church.
 
     
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