In which is Biblical Poetry in Symmetry – Magnificat

by Craig on July 20, 2015

Biblical Poetry in Symmetry, Magnificat, Mary, Abraham ... God

The human eye, irresistibly drawn to color, symmetry, visual poetry

We take delight in balance with our architecture, our painting, our snowflakes

Our people

Our writing

Our Bible

Poetry in Symmetry

This is the blessing
…God to Abraham
(Genesis 12:2)

I will make of you a great nation,
and I will bless you;
I will magnify your name so that you will be a blessing.

This is the psalm
… Mary to God
from her Magnificat
(Luke 1:46, 48, 49)


My soul magnifies the Lord;
For he has looked with favor upon his handmaid’s lowliness
from now on all generations shall call me blessed

The poetry of Scripture echoes from age to age

Wording reflected
Thoughts, renewed
Promises and people…


We like balance in our pictures, architecture, snowflakes - our Bible...

God magnifies Abraham’s name
Mary magnifies the name of God

Same word … magnify … μεγαλύνω (megaluno)

God would do mighty things through Abraham
Mary thanks God for having done mighty things for her

God would bless Abraham so that his name would become a blessing
Mary says in her Magnificat, “from now on all generations shall call me blessed.”


Mary ends her Magnificat by alluding to God’s promise to Abraham in Genesis 12:2


Words reflected

Like an image darting on the water

Biblical poetry in symmetry

From whence the pretty pictures…
The winter reflection
The cross reflection

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Martha Orlando July 21, 2015 at 11:01 am

I adore how you compared these two verses, Craig. Beautiful Biblical poetry, indeed! Blessings!


Craig July 21, 2015 at 11:20 am

I find it fascinating how the very first use of Mary’s word in the OT has such a close connection with Mary’s Magnificat. It IS beautiful biblical poetry. Thank you God. And thank you Martha. God Bless.


Willow July 21, 2015 at 11:56 am

Thank you, Craig, for sharing your insights. You’ve given me much to reflect on. I keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

Grandma Joyce


Michelle July 21, 2015 at 5:30 pm

“Wording reflected
Thoughts, renewed
People and promises
Redeemed ”

This, I love. Thank you


Debbie July 21, 2015 at 9:10 pm

So so beautiful and reflective and magnifying of Him! Thank you Craig!


Sylvia R July 22, 2015 at 5:06 am

This. is. beautiful.
Thank you for these wonderful reflections. :-)


nancy July 29, 2015 at 12:42 pm

more please…


A March 14, 2017 at 8:33 am

Thank you for this, Craig. It reminds me that God knows and cares for each little one of us.


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