Here is the scene that Luke is referencing from the Old Testament, Now re-read Luke's account of the Visitation at. (The mother of the Davidic King [Messiah] was always his Queen. She is also humble, but she does say that all generations will call me blessed. What did Elizabeth say about Mary's baby Jesus? In the very same section Mary’s wonderful Magnificat is a retelling of The Song of Hannah. The Fall undone. In 1 & 2 Kings & 1 & 2 Chronicles almost every king is announced with his mother. The final day of the month is the Second Joyful Mystery, the Visitation, wherein Mary, with Jesus in her womb, went to visit her cousin Saint Elizabeth who was pregnant too, with Saint John the Baptist. (3) Aaron’s Rod. Does Joseph believe Mary when she says that she is pregnant, not by another man, but by holy spirit? This book can be purchased online at Wipf and Stock and Amazon. [6] God also named other significant people: Ishmael (Gen. 16:11); Isaac (Gen. 17:19); Jedidiah, aka Solomon (2 Sam. And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the baby leaped in her womb. She is the Mother of The-Body-of-Christ in every sense). “the Church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of the truth” (1 Timothy 3:15) So it is Elizabeth who announces to everyone that, breaking with tradition, the baby’s name is “John”. Post a photo every day during Advent and stay connected to the hope, joy, and occasional peppermint mocha that make this time of year so special! Why does Jesus defer to his mother…..against his apparent will? The latter title necessitated by the fact The Davidic King (& therefore Messiah) had his Mother as his Queen, sitting on a throne beside him with the role (Gebirah) of interceding for the people. What other valuable qualities did she display? When Gabriel visits Mary a few months later, she also asks a question in response to the amazing message she receives. Elizabeth and Zechariah are two of the few people who will readily believe what is happening to her. I can't even imagine traveling that far while pregnant. Elizabeth even has the same name as Aaron’s wife (Exod. He will be great and he will be called the Son of the Most High. And yet, how unfortunate this is, because she is an incredible woman and mentor of the faith. And it came to pass, that when Elizabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the infant leaped in her womb. Good post once again. (2 Thess 2:15) Sign up for weekly updates from Busted Halo! John 14:16ff). Q:  Why does Mary visit her cousin Elizabeth? I chose the picture at the top of this post because of the reassuring and interested expression on Elizabeth’s face, as well as her hug, while Mary seems to be telling her what has happened. Thank you for your encouragement!! He dragged her to his palace , ripped her away from a husband who seemed to love her, for the sake of strengthening his position as King. Recently when we got together for our monthly Cencacle, the topic of the Annunciation came up,and we had a nice long discussion on it. Jael/Sisera; Judith/Holofernes; Sheba; Abimelech all echo this.) Also, importantly, Mary consented. She became Intercessor/”Gebirah” for her people. Well, think about what has just happened: She’s been told that she is pregnant by the power of the Holy Spirit. After the angel Gabriel delivers God's almighty message and request to the handmaiden, he also informs her that her cousin Elizabeth, who is "getting on" in years as we would say, is also "with child" even unto her barren time. Jehovah has greatly favored you.’ She did not understand what Gabriel meant. “So, not withstanding Luke’s previous depiction of him as a righteous and blameless man, Zechariah is ever so slightly diminished in the eyes of the reader.” (p. 39), . Being together, they would have provided each other much needed companionship, understanding, and faith, in what were such noteworthy circumstances. Ultimately, the Visitation reminds us that no one is an island. Thanks, Matt! Because he doesn’t believe Gabriel’s words, Zechariah is struck dumb and his muteness is used as a sign (Luke 1:20). What other historical event happened in Saint Elizabeth's neighborhood? Mary's visit to Elizabeth was no ordinary family visit. Your email address will not be published. I think this is suggested when Elizabeth asks, “But why am I so favoured that the mother of my Lord should come to me. He was also mute for eight days after her baby was born. Male-Female Pairs and Parallelism in Luke’s Gospel This is the complete reversal of The Fall. And he continues to bring joy and hope for those who remain faithful to him. In my case, I hope the lenses are the original pair; The Apostolic Tradition that the Bible itself refers to as “the ultimate source”. And Mary wants to witness the sign of Elizabeth’s pregnancy. The Hebrew name Elisheba is transliterated in the Greek New Testament as Elisabet. (Eve took the fruit from the tree)