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Mary and Elizabeth

Luke 1:39-45 Elizabeth is now six months pregnant. Her son will be John the Baptist, the forerunner of the Messiah. Meanwhile, Mary has just heard from the angel Gabriel that she will have a virgin-born son, begat by the Holy Spirit. He will be the Son of the Most High. Gabriel acknowledges the miraculous nature of this birth and affirms that nothing will be impossible for God, verse 38.  39 Now at this time Mary arose and went in a hurry to the hill country, to a city of Judah, 40 and entered the house of Zacharias and greeted Elizabeth. 41 When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the baby leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. 

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In My Own Eyes

(Today we are taking a break from Luke to discuss a topic that the Lord has been stretching me to consider —- and apply to my life in a deeper way.) In those days, there was no king in Israel; every man did what was right in his own eyes. Judges 17:6  This statement from Judges doesn’t infer that they needed an earthly king to lead them down the right path. Rather that they rejected the Lord and didn’t consider Him as their King. They lived as if God didn’t exist and did what they thought was right in their own eyes. The results were always disastrous. 

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Humble Means

Humble Means Luke 1:26 - 38 After these days Elizabeth his wife became pregnant...Now in the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the descendants of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary.  And coming in, he said to her, ‘Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you.’ But she was very perplexed at this statement and kept pondering what kind of salutation this was. The angel said to her, ‘Do not be afraid, Mary; for you have found favor with God.  

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Never Too Late

The angel said to him, your petition has been heard and your wife Elizabeth will bear a son, and you will give him the name John. Luke 1.13.  Here’s what strikes me about this: the child-bearing years had passed. Most likely, the prayers of Zacharias and Elizabeth had ceased. They who once prayed had certainly resigned to the fact that God wasn’t going to answer.   Nevertheless, the angel affirmed Zacharias, saying, YOUR PETITION HAS BEEN HEARD! 

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