Friday, December 09, 2005

Connection & investigation - Lk. 1:39-45


re: "... went to Judea's hill country ..." 1:39
". . . all this was being talked about in all of Judea's hill country. Everyone who heard about this remembered and were asking each other, 'What then will this child turn out to be?'” Luke 1:65-66
re: "... filled with the Holy Spirit ..." 1:41
"And his father Zacharias was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied . . ." Luke 1:67

". . . they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages as the Spirit enabled them to do so." Acts 2:4

"Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said . . ." Acts 4:8

"So Ananias . . . laid his hands on him and said, 'Saul, our brother, the Lord Jesus . . . has sent me so that you may have your sight back and be filled with the Holy Spirit.'" Acts 9:17
re: "Most blessed of women ..." 1:42
"Most blessed of women be Jael . . ." Judges 5:24
re: "... the mother of my Lord ..." 1:43
". . . today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord." Luke 2:11
re: " ... believe the Lord will fulfill his promises ..." 1:45
". . . you will be mute and unable to make a sound until the day these things happen, because you did not believe my words, which will be fulfilled at the right time." Luke 1:20

". . . he has been mindful of his servant's humble state for you see, from this time on all generations will consider me blessed." Luke 1:48


1. Mary hurried off to see Elizabeth, her kin who had been seclusion for several months and of whose pregnancy Mary had been unaware. She went to see Elizabeth, no doubt, to see or confirm for herself that what Gabriel had told her was true. If what he had told her was true about Elizabeth, then she could be assured that what Gabriel had told her would happen to her was true. As humans, we naturally look for physical confirmation of spiritual truths, and God, at least on occasion, provides such.

2. The text says Elizabeth was "filled with the Holy Spirit" and then proceeds to confirm to Mary what Gabriel had told Mary, all the while apparently not having received any prior knowledge regarding Mary's pregnancy. To be "filled with the Holy Spirit" in this context means to be "inspired."

3. When God choice to break his centuries of prophetic silence between the time of the last of the Old Testament prophets and the beginning of the announcement of the arrival of the Messiah, he chose to break it by inspiring an old, long-previously-disrespected woman, Elizabeth, to speak to a young, unmarried, but pregnant woman (1:42-43). Hardly anything could be more ironic. A woman's testimony was not even admissible in a court of law in the Jewish culture of the time. God's ways are not man's ways. He seems to delight in doing what people think unthinkable and using people that most would have
naturally considered unusable.

4. An obvious theme has been developing throughout Luke 1, namely, that God can bring about whatever he will, whenever he will and people do well to believe what he says will happen (1:1,4,20,37-38,45).

5. If the Holy Spirit of God twice referred to the unborn within her as a "baby," (1:41,44), who am I to question when real human "life" begins?