“Glory To The Lamb Jesus”/Luke 1, “Mary Visits Elizabeth”

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“Hosanna,” Israel Houghton

Zacharias/Zachariah

“Mary Visits Elizabeth”, Luke 1:39) And Mary arose in those days, and went into the hill country with haste, into a city of Juda;  Joshua 21:9.  40) And entered into the house of Zacharias, and saluted Elizabeth.  41) And it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was Filled With The Holy Ghost:  42) And she spake out with a loud voice, and said, BLESSED art thou among women, and BLESSED IS THE FRUIT OF thy womb.  Judges 5:24.  43) And whence is this to me, that the mother of my LORD should come to me?  44) For, lo, as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in mine ears, the babe leaped in my womb For Joy.  45) And Blessed is she That BELIEVED:  For There Shall Be A Performance Of Those Things Which Were Told her From The Lord.

John Gill’s Exposition Of The Bible – v39,  And Mary arose in those days  The Ethiopic version renders it, “in that day”; directly, immediately, as soon as the Angel was gone from her; partly to know The Truth of things, and to make use of the Sign which had been given her, for the further confirmation of her Faith, which was very right and proper for her to do; and partly to converse with Elisabeth about The Great Things Which God Had Done For Each Of Them, and To Praise His Name Together: “and went into the hill country with haste”; the same which is called the country of the hills, and the mountains, in ( Joshua 10:40 ) ( Joshua 11:2Joshua 11:16 ) ( 16:1 ) ( 18:13 ) ( 2 Chronicles 26:10 ) where the Septuagint use the same word as here: the land of Judea was divided into three parts, (rhh) , “the mountain”, or hill country, the champaign country, and the valley F2: from Betboron to Emmaus is (rh) , “the hill country”; from Emmaus to Lud, or Lydda, is the champaign country; and from Lydda to the sea, the valley F3. This place is frequently called, in the Jewish writings F4, the king’s mountain, or the royal mountain, and is said to be very full of cities: ten thousand cities, they say F5, were in the king’s mountain, and a thousand of them belonged to R. Eleazer ben Harsum: yea, they say {f}, that king Jannai had sixty myriads of cities in the mountain of the king. The Syriac, Arabic, and Persic versions render it, “went to the mountain”, to this mountain, and which is called the mountain, or, as we read it, the hill country of Judah, ( Joshua 21:11 ) on which Hebron was situated; and seems to be the city next mentioned: into a city of Judah (Juda); for that was given to the children of Aaron and so may reasonably be thought to be the city where Zacharias dwelt, and not Jerusalem, which was in the tribe of Benjamin. Hebron was a city peculiar to the priests; whereas Jerusalem was not; and it was in the hill country of Judea; it was remarkable for the goodness of its stones.   v40,  And entered into the house of Zacharias/Zachariah, &c] Which was in the above city, and might be well known to her: and saluted Elisabeth; not Zacharias; either because he was not at home; or because he was deaf and dumb, and could neither hear her salutation, nor return it; or because it was not usual for women to salute men, nor men to salute women; (See Gill on Luke 1:29), yet one woman might salute another; and especially Mary saluted Elisabeth, because she came to pay the visit to her, and it was with her she was principally concerned  v41,  And it came to pass that when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary  Which might be before she saw her, and at some little distance from her:  the babe leaped in her womb: which motion was not natural, but Supernatural; being made at hearing the voice of Mary, who had now conceived The Messiah, Whose Forerunner this babe, John the Baptist, was to be; and who, by this motion, gave the first notice of his conception, which his mother Elisabeth took from hence; as he afterwards pointed Him (Christ) out by his finger, and by His Baptism (Christ’s) Made Him Manifest (Clear or Obvious) to Israel:  and Elisabeth was filled with The Holy Ghost  not with the ordinary Graces of The Spirit, for these she had been filled with before, but with Extraordinary Gifts, with a Spirit of Prophecy; by which she knew that The Messiah Was Conceived, and that Mary was the mother of her Lord; that Many Things had been told her; that she had Believed Them; and there would be a Performance Of Them; and perhaps it was at this time that John the Baptist was Filled With The Holy Ghost (In his mother, Elizabeth womb) also; see ( Luke 1:15 ) .  v42,  And she spake out with a loud voice  So as that all in the house might hear; she spake with great vehemency of soul, and strength of affection, being under a very Powerful Impression Of The Spirit Of God: and said,  Blessed art thou among women;  the same words that the Angel had said to her before, ( Luke 1:28 )  and Blessed Is The Fruit Of Thy Womb: this is a reason why she is called Blessed, because her Child Was Blessed; being in union with a Divine Person, Who Is God Over All, Blessed For Ever; and Who Has All Spiritual Blessings In Him, and Is That Seed, In Which all nations of the earth were to be Blessed; and So Is Both Blessed In Himself, and The Source of All Blessedness To Others. The Jews say F8, that the six measures of barley, Boaz gave to Ruth, ( Ruth 3:15 ) signified, that six righteous men should spring from her, and among, them The Messiah; Who Should Be Blessed With Six Blessings, And They Are These; The Spirit of Wisdom and Understanding, of Counsel and of Might, The Spirit of Knowledge, and of The Fear Of The Lord; see ( Isaiah 11:2 ) .  v43,  And whence is this to me.  How comes it to pass, that such notice is taken of me, such an honor is done me; that besides being favored with a Child, Who Shall Be Great,  that the mother of my Lord should come to me?  Elisabeth was far from envying the superior honor conferred on her kinswoman, who was both meaner (lowlier) and younger than she; that she esteems it a Wonderful favor, that she should be indulged with a visit from her, who had already Conceived The Messiah: and in due time would be the mother of Him, as man; Who, In His Divine Nature, Is Lord Of All Angels, and men, and every creature; and in an Especial Manner was her Lord, and The Lord Of All The Saints; By His Father’s Gift From Eternity, By His Own Purchase In Time, and By The Power Of His Grace on each of their souls. Thus the virgin is said to be The Mother of our Lord, and so may be called The Mother of God; because she was Parent Of That Child, Which Was In Union With Him (God), Who Is Truly Lord and God: Just in such sense as the Lord Of Life And Glory Is Said To Be Crucified, and God Is Said To Purchase The Church With His Own Blood, ( 1 Corinthians 2:8 )     ( Acts 20:28 )  v44,  For lo, as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in mine ears  This she mentions, as the signal by which she knew that she was The Mother Of Her Lord; namely, from that unusual and extraordinary motion of the child, she felt within her:  the babe leaped in my womb for Joy;  that The Mother Of her Lord, and his, was come thither: the Jews ought not to object to this, who affirm, that the embryos, or infants in their mother’s womb, sung the song at the Red Sea, and Praised God.    v45, And Blessed is she that Believed. &c.] Meaning Mary, a woman, a very young woman, and who had had Things very incredible to nature and reason told her; and yet she Believed, without objecting thereto, or requiring a Sign; tacitly (with Understanding) referring to the Unbelief of Zacharias, who was a man, a man in years, a priest by office; and yet had been very incredulous, in a thing that was much more possible; because there had been instances of it before, in Sarah, Hannah, and Manoah’s wife; than what was related to The Virgin, of which there had been none; and which to reason, and with men, was impossible: and Happy indeed is every one, that has True Faith in any degree; for Faith is The FAITH of God’s Elect, and Is Both A Fruit and Evidence Of Electing Grace, Which Is The Source Of All Blessings; It Is The Gift Of God, and The Operation Of His Spirit, and Can Never Be Lost: Many Are The Blessings Such As Believe are in the Possession Of, and Openly Entitled To; as The Justification Of Their Persons, The Remission Of Their Sins, Their Adoption Into The Household Of God, Liberty (Freed From Sin) At The Throne Of Grace, And A Right To The Eternal Inheritance (Life Everlasting); They Enjoy Much Solid Peace, Joy, and Comfort In Their Own Souls; Bring Much Glory To God (Through Praise and Worship), And Shall Be Saved In The Lord, With An Everlasting Salvation:  for there shall be a Performance Of Those Things Which Were Told her From The Lord:  These Words may be considered, either as the subject matter of her Faith, and be rendered in connection with the former, thus, “Blessed Is She That Believed, that there shall be a Performance, &c”, being fully persuaded, that what the Angel had told her, concerning The Conception And Birth Of A Son, Concerning His Name, And The Greatness Of His Person, and The Nature, Extent, and Duration Of His Kingdom, Should Be Certainly and Punctually Fulfilled; or as a Reason of her Happiness, because there should be A Sure Accomplishment Of Them. Whatever God Has Spoken To Any Of His People, whether it be with Respect To Things Temporal, Spiritual, or Eternal, Shall Be Performed; as may be Strongly Concluded From The Veracity (Truth) Of God, Who Cannot Lie; and From His Power, WHO IS ABLE TO DO ALL THINGS; and From His Faithfulness, Which He Will Never Suffer To Fail; and From Instances, and Matters Of Fact; from the Experience of The Saints in all ages, who know, and are conscious to themselves, that not one of The Good Things The Lord God Has Spoken to them, HAS SPOKEN TO THEM, BUT THAT ALL HAVE COME TO PASS; see ( Joshua 23:14 ) .  Amen.

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