5. Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit 42 and she loudly exclaimed, “How blessed are you among women, and how blessed is the infant in your womb! Why Did Mary Go in Haste to Visit Elizabeth? In Christianity, the Visitation is the visit of Blessed Virgin Mary, who was pregnant with Jesus, to St. Elizabeth, who was pregnant with John the Baptist, as recorded in the Gospel of Luke, Luke 1:39–56.. The proud in the imagination of their hearts, the mighty on their thrones, and the rich, the self-sufficient, cannot stand before a holy God in judgment. He hath holpen His servant Israel, 44. But, although we cannot doubt that Mary was under the influence of the Spirit of God, it was a more inward effect, more connected with her own faith, with her piety, with the more habitual relations of her heart with God (that were formed by this faith, and by this piety), and which consequently expressed itself more as her own sentiments. Then, after describing the effect upon her of Mary's salutation, she proclaimed a third character of blessedness. (1:36-37) And so Mary hurriedly prepares for a trip to see Elizabeth. told by the Angel that her kinswoman Elizabeth has conceived a child in her old age For she immediately adds, "And His mercy is on them that fear Him from generation to generation," showing, moreover, that it was God's elect Israel that occupied her mind - the Israel that Balaam was constrained to speak of when he said God did not behold iniquity in Jacob nor see perverseness in Israel - the Israel, in a word, of God's purpose and according to His thoughts. 69. ), Let these words of Mary be given in their entirety, that the reader may perceive more fully their divine meaning and beauty: -, "My soul doth magnify the Lord, Mary's Visit to Elizabeth - Luke 1:39-56. She honoured God in this way, and now she was met with a divine assurance, through the lips of Elizabeth, that there should be a performance of those things which were told her from the Lord. So was it with Mary and Elizabeth. T. Hieros. Sheviith, fol. the natural suspicion of her betrothed future husband, Joseph. 112. So was it with Mary and Elizabeth. 1. & Cetnbot, fol. Luke 1:39-45. In remembrance of His mercy; Then we have the whole interchange between Mary and Elizabeth, Mary's song, and then verse 56 which speaks of Mary staying "about" 3 months. For three months Mary continued with her aged* kinswoman, and then returned to her own house. Accordingly she "arose in those days, and went into the hill country with haste, into a city of Juda; and entered into the house of Zacharias, and saluted Elizabeth.". 1. ", It has been said by a well-known writer that "it is remarkable that we are not told that Mary was full of the Holy Ghost. It was probably a Levitical city, and the residence of Zechariah when he was not employed in the temple. Let the instruction sink deeply into our hearts, that when the Spirit of God is working in souls all envy, strife, and jealousy are banished. Mary entered the house of Zachary and greeted Elizabeth (Lk 1:40). (c) T. Hieros. According to a local tradition, the meeting of the two cousins took place, not in the town, but in a country place where Elizabeth—as the sacred text affirms (Lk 1:24)—had secluded herself for five months from the sight of curious relatives and neighbors, to raise up her heart in gratitude to God for such an immense gift. Mary was blessed as the object of God's sovereign favour, she was blessed as the vessel for the incarnation of our Lord, and she was blessed on account of her faith - faith which surmounted all obstacles, and reposed upon the almighty power of God. (Luke 6:20-26.) And His mercy is on them that fear Him And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour. For, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed. For nothing is impossible with God." with haste—transported with the announcement to herself and with the tidings, now first made known to her, of Elisabeth's condition. It was the thought of Israel's salvation out of their low estate which filled her soul when she said, "He that is mighty hath done to me great things; and holy is His name." Elizabeth, fearing that Mary might go abroad and raise an army, and also afraid that the people of Scotland might lock her up, acted quickly to imprison her nemesis in Lochleven Castle, from which Mary successfully plotted her escape. Woe unto you that are full! Sometimes, our physical presence is the best gift we can give another person. 1. (b) Misn. Such scriptures, for example, as, "How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of Him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth! "My soul doth magnify the Lord, and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour." 39. hill country—the mountainous tract running along the middle of Judea, from north to south [Webster and Wilkinson]. - Mary arose in those days, and went into the hill country with haste. a city of Juda—probably Hebron (see Jos 20:7; 21:11). She died childless on 17 November 1558 and was buried in the Abbey on 14 December 1558. Gabriel had said to her, "Blessed art thou among women," and Elizabeth now says, "Blessed art thou among women," adding, "and blessed is the fruit of thy womb." That her visit to Elizabeth was of the Lord is seen from the greeting she received - a greeting, moreover, which must have, in a remarkable manner, confirmed her faith. Faith is the "substantiating" of things hoped for, and Mary at this moment, dreary as were the spaces that Israel would have to traverse before these words were fulfilled, surveyed the accomplishment of all God's purposes of grace for His earthly people. Meanwhile, that home was the one spot on earth that attracted and concentred the attention of heaven. It will be at once observed that Elizabeth, as "filled with the Holy Ghost," is in entire communion with the mind of God as to Mary. Mary arose in those days — That is, soon after the time that she had received the extraordinary message mentioned above; and went into the hill-country — Where Elisabeth dwelt, although it was at least seventy miles distant from Nazareth. With this in mind, it’s no surprise that Mary went “in haste” to visit Elizabeth, hoping that their caravan wouldn’t be overrun by those who lurked in the shadows and caves of the mountains… As He spake to our fathers, Between the annunciation and this journey of Mary to visit her cousin Elisabeth, we must interpose the events narrated in St. Matthew's Gospel, viz. Blessed are ye that hunger now: for ye shall be filled. And blessed is she that believed: for there shall be a performance of those things which were told her from the Lord.". Woe unto you that laugh now! It is thankfulness for the grace conferred on her, the lowly one, and that in connection with the hopes and blessing of Israel." First, that she ascribes everything to God; and that, taking the place of nothingness, she celebrates His grace. God kept her, in order that His grace might be fully manifested." Scripture draws the veil over the communings of these holy women; but we may be sure that they were helpers of one another's faith and joy in the Lord. Mary's Visit to Elizabeth. And exalted them of low degree. So how did Mary get to see Elizabeth? Excited that her cousin was expecting, Mary rushed off to see her. He hath filled the hungry with good things; 43 Why should this happen to me, to have the mother of my Lord visit me? (See verse 54. For He hath regarded the low estate of His handmaiden: I n those days Mary set out and went with haste to a Judean town in the hill country, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. The angel has told Mary: "Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be barren is in her sixth month. Consider exactly what Mary was hurrying towards in the Visitation account. Mary’s relative, the Levite priest Zechariah, had an encounter with the angel Gabriel in the Temple. As filled with the Spirit, moreover, she in meekness and humility acknowledged the exaltation of Mary by the grace of God. "you have no stones in all the land of Israel harder than at Hebron; hence they buried the dead there. For while it is the utterance of the feelings which had been produced in Mary's heart by the Holy Ghost, and feelings which were suited and responsive to the distinguishing grace bestowed upon her, Mary herself was lost, so to speak, in her being a type of Israel. Happy is she who believed that the things which the Lord hath promised her shall be performed; ἐν ταῖς ἡμέραις ταύταις. It appears to me," the writer proceeds, "that this is an honourable distinction for her. And whence is this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?