Week 4 Love
God sends his messenger Gabriel to see a young Jewish girl who was engaged to be married and to bring her extraordinary news. When the verses begin with Elizabeth and end with Elizabeth. There is connection because they are relatives and because of these pregnancies are beyond human doing or ability. Elizabeth because of her advanced age and Mary because she was a virgin.
Gabriel tells Mary who this child will be. Mary then asks a similar question to that of Zechariah, which is how is the possible? Gabriel’s reaction to the young Mary is different from the reaction to the experienced Zechariah. Gabriel explains that it will be the work of the Holy Spirit, and the power of the Most High will overshadow her. I am sure this was a lot for Mary to take in, being engaged, this was certainly complicated at best and scandalous if word gets out.
Gabriel also shares about Elizabeth, her relative who was six months pregnant. Elizabeth remained secluded for five months! I believe Gabriel’s sharing about Elizabeth allows Mary to understand, “nothing is impossible with God.” She could then go and find out that God was faithful from Elizabeth. She acknowledges that she is a willing servant of God.
It is important to share what God is doing in so we can give him glory, encourage others, and show our faithfulness to the one who is faithful for us.