Elizabeth and Mary Knew the Secret

 

We can read the whole story in Luke 1:39-45 but some of the emotion and importance is lost in the familiarity of our translations

 

"Now at this time Mary arose and went in a hurry to the hill country, to a city of Judah, and entered the house of Zacharias and greeted Elizabeth.  When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. And she cried out with a loud voice and said, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb!  “And how has it happened to me, that the mother of my Lord would come to me?" (Literally “from where has this come from to me”) 

 

When Elizabeth cried out with a loud voice it was very loud.  The original meaning of this cried out is to make a very loud clamour.  She was yelling!

 

"For behold, when the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby leaped in my womb for joy. And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what had been spoken to her by the Lord.”  (Literally means you are blessed because you believed.)

 

At the sound of Mary’s greeting Elizabeth’s own baby, John, leapt.  John was a prophet, even from the womb.  There was something in Mary’s own voice that carried God’s anointing, and even an unborn child responded to it.

 

So Elizabeth, a woman, was the first Jewish person to proclaim Jesus is God (Uses the G. word ‘kurios’, which is equivalent to the Jewish word for God….Jews were the only monotheistic race). 

 

Elizabeth declared something one of Jesus twelve apostles (and others?) did not even realize and could not declare until AFTER His resurrection. ( e.g. Thomas: My Lord and my God! Jn. 20:28)

 

Imagine these two women meeting.  What an amazing moment.  And God joined in their meeting.  Two or three gathered in My Name, there am I in the midst.  Mary, Elizabeth, the unborn John the Baptist and the unborn Jesus Christ.  They all knew a secret.  God let these two women in on His secret when no one else in Israel knew about it!  

 

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