7583 - Mary Visits Elizabeth

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Today we will look at Mary’s visit with Elizabeth.

Let me read Luke, chapter 1, verses 39-45:
At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea, where she entered Zechariah's home and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. In a loud voice she exclaimed: "Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear! But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. Blessed is she who has believed that what the Lord has said to her will be accomplished!"

God was surely working in this continuing saga. Mary, the one the Scripture calls a virgin, who has just received from the angel Gabriel the message that the Holy Spirit would fertilize an egg within her body so that she would bring forth a child; this Mary had been informed that her elderly relative Elizabeth was now six months pregnant.

We know nothing of their prior closeness, but the work of the Holy Spirit is drawing these two women, who are so different in age, into a very close and personal experience in both of their lives.

Elizabeth had borne no children; but she and her priestly husband had been praying for children. Six months earlier the angel Gabriel had visited with Zechariah to assure him that Elizabeth would bear a child. The angel Gabriel had assured that this son was to be the forerunner of the Messiah. For five months Elizabeth has remained in seclusion, but now the word was out. She felt her disgrace of barrenness had been removed.

And now Mary was off to visit Elizabeth. This trip to the hill country was a difficult task in those days. Perhaps about a three day trip with all the accompanying dangers, but Mary was undaunted. This maiden, chosen by God to be the one through whom Jesus would enter the earth, hurried to see this relative who likewise had been blessed by God.

This Bible passage reveals that the Holy Spirit has been busy. As soon as the ears of Elizabeth picked up Mary’s greeting, the baby John leaped in her body, and Elizabeth breaks into a chorus of praise. It seems she knows Mary’s story. She says: “Blessed is the child you bear.” How did she know? There were no phones. Mary’s body certainly did not reveal her pregnancy this soon.

Furthermore, Elizabeth knows that Mary’s baby is to be the Messiah, her Lord. In addition to all this it seems even John, yet a fetus, knew that Jesus would be the Messiah and that he, John, would have the privilege of preparing the world for the appearance of Jesus.

Then Elizabeth reveals that she even knew about the response of faith that Mary had given to God.

At this Mary sings the song of her heart. She rejoices that God has extended the blessing of this service to her. Mary also understands that the stigma of suspicion and condemnation by the public will give way to admiration and honor.

By this time the communication lines between heaven and earth which brought the knowledge possessed by Elizabeth, have enlarged the knowledge of Mary’s awareness. In her song of praise Mary touches upon the fulfillment of God’s promise to Abraham regarding his descendants, and to the nation Israel. She seems to be aware that the offspring from her body, the Son of God, Jesus Christ, will indeed be the Messiah which has been foretold by the many prophets in ages past.

We can only marvel at this record of Scripture which reveals so clearly the work of the agents of heaven. Often I have carelessly read over these lines, missing so many blessings. May it not be so in the future.