In the course of performing his duty, the angel Gabriel appeared to him while he was inside the holy place. ii. 37for nothing will be impossible for God.r Q. This would even be true in the Jewish world of those days when our Lord added humanity to His deity and manifested Himself to men. The major reason for this position, in my opinion, is the similarity of the magnificat to the praise of Hannah in 1 Samuel chapter 2. Several observations concerning Elizabeths response to the arrival of Mary will help us to grasp the magnificence of this woman, as I believe Luke intended us to do. Luke 1,39-56. by Fr. The births of Abraham (Genesis 12-21), Samuel (1 Samuel 1 & 2), and Samson (Judges 13), are examples of such miraculous births. * [1:19] I am Gabriel: the angel of the Lord is identified as Gabriel, the angel who in Dn 9:2025 announces the seventy weeks of years and the coming of an anointed one, a prince. He even encouraged his disciples to leave him and to follow Christ (John 1:35-37). Whether or not Mary was present when John was born. Federal Tax Identification Number: 81-0596847. Before we begin to deal with our text, there are some introductory comments which may prove to be helpful. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1975 [reprint]), p. 84. . 63He asked for a tablet and wrote, John is his name, and all were amazed. I believe that Charles Talbert is correct in viewing Mary as a model disciple.21 Let us consider some of the ways in which Mary provides us with a model of discipleship. While this may not refer only to the saving work which Messiah will come to accomplish, surely it includes it. How encouraging the greeting of Elizabeth must have been to Mary. If you donate just $5.00, or whatever you can, Catholic Online could keep thriving for years. Luke 1:39-56 - Scripture (NRSV Bible) Mary Visits Elizabeth 39 In those days Mary set out and went with haste to a Judean town in the hill country, 40 where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. * [1:6879] Like the canticle of Mary (Lk 1:4655) the canticle of Zechariah is only loosely connected with its context. h. [1:17] Sir 48:10; Mal 3:1; 3:2324; Mt 11:14; 17:1113. 53 He has filled the starving with good things, sent the rich away empty. The fact that the worship of these women was more restricted than that of men is no hindrance to their spiritual growth and development. Elizabeths proclamation does not focus on the blessing of the child which she will bear (John), but on the blessing of God in the arrival of Mary, who is to be the mother of the Messiah. Ignatius Catholic Bible (RSV): Compact Edition - Imitation leather, Burgundy with Zipper, The Revised Standard Version Catholic Bible, Compact Ed. 39During those days Mary set out and traveled to the hill country in haste to a town of Judah, Start your free trial today! Mary was steeped in the poetical literature of her nation, and accordingly her hymn also bears the unmistakable signs of it.19. New International Version (NIV). Because of this, the practices of our church stand out, and are considered very offensive to many women, and some men. Indeed, she does not focus on the child, per se, but on the results of the coming of Messiah. 8Once when he was serving as priest in his divisions turn before God, 45Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!, My soul glorifies the Lord(F)47and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,(G)48for he has been mindfulof the humble state of his servant. There is no provincialism to be found in her praise. (5) Mary is a model disciple in her grasp of the purposes and promises of God. She would, by the miraculous action of the Holy Spirit, become pregnant, and her holy child would be called the Son of God (v. 35). You are to conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you must name him Jesus. At the end of the Acts of the Apostles (Acts 21:20; 22:3; 23:69; 24:1416; 26:28, 2223) he will argue that Christianity is the direct descendant of Pharisaic Judaism. 2. There is a also distinct parallel with the praise of Hannah in 1 Samuel chapter 2. Ps 18:46; Isa 17:10; 61:10; Hab 3:18; 1Ti 1:1; 2:3; 4:10, Ge 11:8; Ex 18:11; 2Sa 22:28; Jer 13:9; 49:16, NIV, Journal the Word Bible, Double-Column, Red Letter Edition, Comfort Print: Reflect, Take Notes, or Create Art Next to Your Favorite Verses, NIV, Biblical Theology Study Bible, Comfort Print: Follow Gods Redemptive Plan as It Unfolds throughout Scripture, NIV, Beautiful Word Bible Journal, Revelation, Paperback, Comfort Print, NIV, The Story: The Bible as One Continuing Story of God and His People, NIV, The Woman's Study Bible, Full-Color, Red Letter: Receiving God's Truth for Balance, Hope, and Transformation, NIV, Story of Jesus: Experience the Life of Jesus as One Seamless Story. So far as Lukes account informs us, Mary was only told that her elderly relative had conceived in her old age, which testified to the fact that nothing was impossible for God (Luke 1:36-37). It is true that Elizabeth blessed Mary as the mother of her Lord (1:42), and that future generations will bless her as such also (1:48). Cancel. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCBs) mission is to encounter the mercy of Christ and to accompany His people with joy. 1 He called the Twelve together and gave them power and authority over all devils and to cure diseases, 2 and he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal. Neither, Elizabeth, Mary, nor Luke refer to the fetus in Marys womb, while we are specifically told that John leaped in his mothers womb when Elizabeth heard Marys greeting (Luke 1:41). Her whole hymn is inspired by this fact.20. The Wonder Of Christmas. While we are not specifically told that Mary was filled with the Holy Spirit when she spoke these words, we may surely assume so. Basketweave Black/Burgandy Bonded Leather, The Official Catholic Scripture Study International Bible, Largeprint, Bonded Leather, Black - Slightly Imperfect, RSV Ignatius Catholic Study Bible New Testament 2nd Edition. 24 Some time later his wife Elizabeth conceived and for five months she kept to herself, saying, 25 'The Lord has done this for me, now that it has pleased him to take away the humiliation I suffered in public.'. The Bible requires that men live a life which is miraculous, a life that is humanly impossible (cf. 45Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!, My soul glorifies the Lord(F)47and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,(G)48for he has been mindfulof the humble state of his servant. 28And coming to her, he said, Hail, favored one! n. [1:31] Gn 16:11; Jgs 13:3; Is 7:14; Mt 1:2123. 25So has the Lord done for me at a time when he has seen fit to take away my disgrace before others.k. Luke 1:38 And Mary said: Behold the handmaid of the Lord: be it done to me according to thy word. . Yet the worship of both of these women is such that they are models for all true disciples of our Lord. Luke does not tell us of any such communication, and the readers impression tends to be that there was no communication prior to her arrival, at least so far as Marys visitation by the angel. There is no such thing as a purely 'spiritual' love. . Mary thus presses from the specific to the general, from her personal benefits to the blessings which all of Gods people (those who fear Him) experience. It is not at all surprising to find that the births of both John and Jesus are miraculous, for the lives of both are miraculous. I am thus inclined to view this as Lukes way of informing us that some women may very well surpass men spiritually. Rather than having to try to explain to Elizabeth what the angel had said to her about the virgin birth of her son, Messiah, Mary learned that Elizabeth already knew. In the course of Zacharias priestly duties, it fell his lot to have the high privilege of offering the incense at the temple of the Lord (vv. 1. Mary is not a model for disciples in being the mother of Messiah. BEST VALUE in digital Bible study. writing to tell Elizabeth that she was coming and what the angel Gabriel had told her regarding her becoming the mother of Messiah). The Lord is with you.m All that we see in these few phrases of praise points to the fact that Mary meditated on the word and on the works of God. I will not pursue this in any detail here, but let me point out several areas of contrast between Marys theology, her understanding of the Old Testament, and that of the scribes and Pharisees. Perhaps a few women, blessed by financial prosperity and social standing, may have been able to enjoy some of the benefits of the male world. holy is his name. The things which Luke does not tell us ought not to be our primary concern, to deal with them as unsolved mysteries, for which we must have an answer. 9 when it fell to him by lot, as the priestly custom was, to enter the Lord's sanctuary and burn incense there. 1Since many have undertaken to compile a narrative of the events that have been fulfilled among us,a She knows the true mystery beyond His death so she bear it. He continued as king until his death in 4 B.C. 27 to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the House of David; and the virgin's name was Mary. We must seek to dwell much more on the character of God, of His covenant promises, and of His working in history, as well as in the future. 32 He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High. 67Then Zechariah his father, filled with the holy Spirit, prophesied, saying: 68* Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, for he has visited and brought redemption to his people.k, 69* He has raised up a horn for our salvation. Mary understood the great themes of the Old Testament, such as Gods mercy and compassion, Gods concern for the poor and the helpless. 2 They began their accusation by saying, 'We found this man inciting our people to revolt, opposing payment of the tribute to Caesar, and claiming to be Christ, a king.'. There was so much that women could not do, or at least were not allowed to do. By alluding to Old Testament themes in Lk 1:17, 19 such as the coming of the day of the Lord and the dawning of the messianic era, Luke is presenting his interpretation of the significance of the births of John and Jesus. Mary got the point, however, and without having to be told to do so, went immediately to Elizabeths house, even though it was apparently some distance away and involved considerable inconvenience. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit 42 and exclaimed with a loud cry, 'Blessed are you among . Virtually every commentator agrees that Marys praise is dripping with Old Testament allusions and references. To press the matter of Marys obedience even further, Mary was not only obedient to the imperatives of Gods word, but also to the inferences of His word. * [1:45] Blessed are you who believed: Luke portrays Mary as a believer whose faith stands in contrast to the disbelief of Zechariah (Lk 1:20). In the New Testament epistles, the apostles insist that Christians not conform to the evil social practices of their day, but live according to the social standards of the gospel, to which Mary referred, and which our Lord taught. Now, it would appear that both mother and child were both filled with the Holy Spirit simultaneously. While Elizabeth spoke with a loud voice (1:42), Mary is perhaps more sedate. 44As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. We arent told that the angel informed Mary that the child which was to be born to Elizabeth was to be the forerunner of Messiah. And so the child will be holy and will be called Son of God. 44 Look, the moment your greeting reached my ears, the child in my womb leapt for joy. 72 and show faithful love to our ancestors, and so keep in mind his holy covenant. 8 Now it happened that it was the turn of his section to serve, and he was exercising his priestly office before God. God looked upon her humble estate with compassion; consequently she will be esteemed blessed by all future generations (v. 48). 61But they answered her, There is no one among your relatives who has this name. (H)From now on all generations will call me blessed,(I)49for the Mighty One has done great things(J) for meholy is his name. There are many nominal Christians who are tying to live an impossible (miraculous) life, yet who have not been miraculously born again. I fear some of you may be trying to live a miraculous life, but who have not had the prerequisite new birth. May I exhort you to experience this new birth through faith in Christ this very hour. From now on all generations will call me blessed. 67. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 1,39-56. As the apostle Paul put it, let all things be done for edification (1 Cor. From now on all generations will call me blessed. 56 Mary remained with her about three months and then returned to her home. (O)53He has filled the hungry with good things(P)but has sent the rich away empty.54He has helped his servant Israel,remembering to be merciful(Q)55to Abraham and his descendants(R) forever,just as he promised our ancestors.. In both cases, the praise of God spoken before others was done in such a way as to edify and encourage those who heard. * [1:59] The practice of Palestinian Judaism at this time was to name the child at birth; moreover, though naming a male child after the father is not completely unknown, the usual practice was to name the child after the grandfather (see Lk 1:61). Zachariah was told that his prayer (a prayer, I assume, for the coming of Messiah) had been answered, and that he and his wife would have the privilege and pleasure of bearing the son who would prepare the way for Messiahs appearance (vv. The same principle applies on a different level. The Israelites felt that their physical link with Abraham was sufficient to save them, but they were wrong, and John would later challenge this false belief (Luke 3:8). Marys Magnificat reveals the depth of her grasp of Gods grace, which is not only shown to her, but to all the people of God, and from generation to generation. Nevertheless, it is our conviction that the principles of the New Testament church are as relevant and binding today as they were in Pauls day. 7 But they were childless: Elizabeth was barren and they were both advanced in years. 9according to the practice of the priestly service, he was chosen by lot to enter the sanctuary of the Lord to burn incense.e Mary viewed all of Gods dealings in the light of His grace; the religious leaders only thought in terms of human works. Elizabeth is a magnificent woman of God, in Lukes opinion. Salvation is Gods miraculous work in us, producing new life. While Christs coming meant more than saving men from their sins, this was the beginning, the prerequisite for all that He would accomplish. One can speculate as to what Mary may have been thinking along the way to Elizabeths home. 59* When they came on the eighth day to circumciseh the child, they were going to call him Zechariah after his father, 35 The angel answered, 'The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will cover you with its shadow. Salvation does not result from our efforts, which God miraculously blesses. There are a number of ways in which the worship of these two women relate to contemporary Christians. 23Then, when his days of ministry were completed, he went home. (2) Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and her words were a divinely inspired utterance. God does the work of producing life in us, just as He brought about life in Mary. Granted, the worship of these two women is not public, but private. The connection of the phrase with the house of David gives the title messianic overtones and may indicate an allusion to a phrase in Hannahs song of praise (1Sm 2:10), the horn of his anointed.. We should strive to be students of Gods Word, meditating on its terms and theology, seeking to be obedient to its imperatives and its implications. 16 The term young is used with some caution, for it is only tradition that teaches us Mary was a young, girl, a teen. This is not so. The scribes and Pharisees of Jesus day were largely legalists, who focused on the letter of the law, but missed Gods grace in it. We might suspect that the limitations of biblical revelation, compounded by those of the culture, would have made womanhood a curse. After the announcement is made (Lk 1:1417, 3133) the parent objects (Lk 1:18, 34) and a sign is given to confirm the announcement (Lk 1:20, 36). * [1:4655] Although Mary is praised for being the mother of the Lord and because of her belief, she reacts as the servant in a psalm of praise, the Magnificat. Elizabeth already knew, believed, and rejoiced in the truth of God, spoken through Gabriel. 51 He has performed mighty deeds with his arm; he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts. Romans chapter 7). They forget that all pious Israelites from their childhood days knew by heart songs from the Old Testament and often sang them in the home circle and at celebrations. Luke 1:39-56 . He will drink neither wine nor strong drink. 39 At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea, 40 where she entered Zechariah's home and greeted Elizabeth. There were now two witnesses. Lk 1:76 where John is described as "prophet of the Most High." "Most High" is a title for God commonly used by Luke (Lk 1:35 . Yet Ryries Notes Say Otherwise. * [1:15] He will drink neither wine nor strong drink: like Samson (Jgs 13:45) and Samuel (1Sm 1:11 LXX and 4QSama), John is to be consecrated by Nazirite vow and set apart for the Lords service. Our praise during this Christmas season should especially be patterned after that of Mary, who did not focus on the tiny baby that she would soon hold in her arms, but in the God who sent Messiah and in the goal of His coming earth. This principle may be stated in this way: A MIRACULOUS PERSON BEGINS WITH A MIRACULOUS BIRTH. 35And the angel said to her in reply, The holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. 44As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. (K)50His mercy extends to those who fear him,from generation to generation. 77 to give his people knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins. The men assumed the leadership roles, especially in spiritual matters. If verse 50 spells out the principle that God blesses His people, from generation to generation, verses 51-55 give some specific ways in which this has and will be done. This description is applied to God in Ps 18:3 and is here transferred to Jesus. Some thoughts on today's scripture. Daily Readings with Questions for Reflection, RCIA - Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults. When one thinks of the women of the ancient world, our first emotional response is usually pity. John chapter 3). Our praise tends to be based almost exclusively on our pleasant and pleasurable experiences. Any unauthorized use, without prior written consent of Catholic Online is strictly forbidden and prohibited. 70 just as he proclaimed, by the mouth of his holy prophets from ancient times. they wondered. This is why the Lord Jesus told Nicodemus that he must be born again, even though he was a prominent teacher in Israel (cf. 41When Elizabeth heard Marys greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. 75 to serve him in holiness and uprightness in his presence, all our days. The scribes and Pharisees seemed as though they could only think and talk in terms of the Law of Moses. 60but his mother said in reply, No. Elizabeths praise surpasses Zachariahs petition for a sign. Gal. Start for FREE. 56 Mary stayed with her some three months and then went home. Mary has a great breadth of understanding. 76And you, child, will be called prophet of the Most High, for you will go before the Lord* to prepare his ways,r, 77to give his people knowledge of salvation, 78because of the tender mercy of our Gods, by which the daybreak from on high* will visit ust. 49 for the Mighty One has done great things for me. 21 Charles H. Talbert, Reading Luke: A Literary and Theological Commentary on the Third Gospel (New York: Crossroad Publishing Company, 1982), p. 22. The Birth of John. 20 Look! 6 Both were upright in the sight of God and impeccably carried out all the commandments and observances of the Lord. (4) In verses 51-55, Marys praise focuses on the faithfulness of God to His promises and His purposes, especially His covenant with Abraham and his descendants. but has lifted up the humble. 38Mary said, Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. 49The Mighty One has done great things for me, dispersed the arrogant of mind and heart.b, 52He has thrown down the rulers from their thrones. 58Her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had shown his great mercy toward her, and they rejoiced with her.g Again like Marys canticle, it is largely composed of phrases taken from the Greek Old Testament and may have been a Jewish Christian hymn of praise that Luke adapted to fit the present context by inserting Lk 1:7677 to give Zechariahs reply to the question asked in Lk 1:66. Regardless, these are some of the most beautiful words in all the word of God. 1 The whole assembly then rose, and they brought him before Pilate. Luke 1:39-56: Mary set out at that time and went as quickly as she could to a town in the hill country of Judah. (3) In verse 50 Marys praise broadens, viewing Gods grace to her as a reflection of His gracious purposes for His chosen people, Israel. Elizabeth was the wife of an obscure priest. 74 that he would grant us, free from fear, to be delivered from the hands of our enemies. Simeons words in chapter 2 (v. 35) allude to this pain, but do not explain what its cause will be. Bridgeway Bible Commentary. Hi readers, it seems you use Catholic Online a lot; that's great! 1 The feast of Unleavened Bread, called the Passover, was now drawing near, 2 and the chief priests and the scribes were looking for some way of doing away with him, because they were afraid of the people. p. [1:33] Dn 2:44; 7:14; Mi 4:7; Mt 28:18. t. [1:42] 11:2728; Jgs 5:24; Jdt 13:18; Dt 28:4. y. 14:26a). Composition Narrative. It is my opinion that the town in which Elizabeth and her husband lived was merely a village, too. Throughout the Old Testament, the miraculous ministries of Gods chosen instruments often began by a miraculous or unusual birth. I was sent to speak to you and to announce to you this good news.i 40where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. The account presents parallel scenes (diptychs) of angelic announcements of the birth of John the Baptist and of Jesus, and of the birth, circumcision, and presentation of John and Jesus. 64 At that instant his power of speech returned and he spoke and praised God. Bible Study Summary with Questions The Worship of Two Women Disciples. When Gabriel announced the miraculous virgin birth of Messiah through Mary to this young16 peasant girl, he informed her of Elizabeths pregnancy, indicating that this was a sign of Gods ability to achieve the impossible (Luke 1:36-37). The other, Mary, responds to this word of prophecy in her song saying: "All generations will call me blessed" (Lk 1 : 48). . We have here an interview between the two happy mothers, Elisabeth and Mary: the angel, by intimating to Mary the favour bestowed on her cousin Elisabeth ( Luke 1:36 ), gave occasion for it; and sometimes it may prove a better piece of service that we think to bring good people together, to compare notes. 22 When he came out he could not speak to them, and they realised that he had seen a vision in the sanctuary. And indeed the hand of the Lord was with him. 3 Then Satan entered into Judas, surnamed Iscariot, who was one of the Twelve. 30 but the angel said to her, 'Mary, do not be afraid; you have won God's favour. This is clearly seen to be in blatant disregard for the teaching of our text. I was 'a stranger and you gave me no welcome', Pope Francis: 'We do not have to be perfect', Daily Readings for Wednesday, January 18, 2023, St. Volusian: Saint of the Day for Wednesday, January 18, 2023, Prayer for the Family: Prayer of the Day for Wednesday, January 18, 2023. 62 and made signs to his father to find out what he wanted him called. In short, Mary is the focus, not Elizabeth. Perhaps there is a hint here that the words of Marys hymn are divinely inspired, but that the work is her composition, her work of praise and devotion, in response to the revelation of the angel. 76 And you, little child, you shall be called Prophet of the Most High, for you will go before the Lord to prepare a way for him. 43 Why should I be honoured with a visit from the mother of my Lord? There is no mention as to whether or not Mary was pregnant when she first arrived at the home of Elizabeth and Zachariah. The miracle of the virgin birth, which is the basis and the starting point of the praise of these two women, is analogous to the miracle of the new birth which every man, woman, and child must experience to have eternal life and to live the kind of life which our Lord requires. I believe that Elizabeth knew from the Scriptures that Messiah would be both human and divine, and that He would be born of a virgin. Just as Marys response surpasses that of Zachariah, so the greatness of the miracle of the virgin birth of Messiah will exceed the miracle which produces a son for the elderly priest and his wife. It is largely, however, the composition of Luke who writes in imitation of Old Testament birth stories, combining historical and legendary details, literary ornamentation and interpretation of scripture, to answer in advance the question, Who is Jesus Christ? The focus of the narrative, therefore, is primarily christological. 36 And I tell you this too: your cousin Elizabeth also, in her old age, has conceived a son, and she whom people called barren is now in her sixth month. 26In the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth, 14 He will be your joy and delight and many will rejoice at his birth. The scribes and Pharisees, however, seemed only to grasp a few of the particulars, but missed the plan. 39At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea,(A) 40where she entered Zechariahs home and greeted Elizabeth. . 14And you will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth, Try Bible Gateway Plus free today! 12Zechariah was troubled by what he saw, and fear came upon him. Catholic Online. NIV Reverse Interlinear Bible: English to Hebrew and English to Greek. Wonders of His . Start for FREE. 42cried out in a loud voice and said, Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb.t 10Then, when the whole assembly of the people was praying outside at the hour of the incense offering, She would have been separated from Joseph, while at the same time being chaperoned by Elizabeth and Zachariah. These include the following: Whether or not Mary was yet pregnant. 51 He has used the power of his arm, he has routed the arrogant of heart. When we look back at Lukes report of what Zacharias was told by Gabriel, it was simply that the son God was giving him and his wife would be the forerunner of Messiah. We will explore the basis for Elizabeths blessing of Mary later, but for now let us simply observe that the arrival of Mary is the occasion for Elizabeths praise, not the soon arrival of John. As we compare Lukes account which introduces Zacharias, this elderly (and godly) priest is not put in nearly as favorable light as is his wife, Elizabeth. She is a woman who grasps the Word of God, who meditates upon it, and who is obedient to it, both in its imperatives and in its inferences. Mary may not be all that some have held her to be, but she is a magnificent model of discipleship. Indeed, it would seem that in the case of Elizabeth, if not also Mary, her spirituality surpassed that of her husband. The prophecy of Elisabeth and of Mary, concerning Jesus. 34But Mary said to the angel, How can this be, since I have no relations with a man?* We know now that this includes both His first and His second comings. Elizabeth was not restricted to the level of spirituality of her husband, nor did the fact that the public expression of her worship was limited keep her from experiencing the greatest intimacy with her God. Luke 1:39-56 The Word of God . The Lord God will give him the throne of his ancestor David; 33 he will rule over the House of Jacob for ever and his reign will have no end. 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