Luke 1:23-25 – Elizabeth Pregnant
LK1:23 Now it came to pass that when Zechariah’s priestly service was finished he left to his own house. LK1:24 During those days his wife Elizabeth did conceive and for five months she kept it hidden, saying, LK1:25 “This is how YHWH has dealt with me during these days when He looked on me with favor and removed my reproach [Genesis 30:23] among my people.”
 Priestly service was finished: One week.
 Reproach: Or, disgrace, shame, humiliation. Barrenness in Israel was a reproach upon a married woman. Elizabeth virtually quotes Genesis 30:23. [Compare also 1 Samuel 1:11.]
“She became pregnant and gave birth to a son and said, “God has taken away my disgrace.”” (Genesis 30:23 NIV)
“And she made a vow, saying, “O LORD Almighty, if you will only look upon your servant’s misery and remember me, and not forget your servant but give her a son, then I will give him to the LORD for all the days of his life, and no razor will ever be used on his head.”” (1 Samuel 1:11 NIV)
Nazarene Commentary to Gabriel’s Appearance to Mary
Nazarene Commentary to Mary Visits Elizabeth
Nazarene Commentary to Mary Magnifies God
- “…To It Shall The Gentiles Seek:….” The Nazarene Part II (mjseymour1959.wordpress.com)
Every Christian should study, and make themselves familiar with Isaiah Ch. 7, through 11. For within these chapters, the Christian will gain an understanding of the Messiahship, of Our Lord, and Redeemer, Yehoshua of Natser, Jesus Christ. We are still living in, “The Day of the Nazarene!” It is late in the Day, but not too late to gain a greater understanding of what God Almighty is doing with all of His Children then, and now. This will give you a greater, and deeper insight to the Work of God, for both the Jew, and the Gentile!
- The Names Of Christ: “Nazarene” (mydelightandmycounsellors.wordpress.com)
Mat 2:23 – And he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, He shall be called a Nazarene.
- December 16 – Why Do We Pray? (timevans5037057540.wordpress.com)
The angel told them amazing things that should cause a priest like Zechariah, familiar with the Old Testament, to be incredibly excited. Yet in spite of these prophetic declarations, Zechariah is stuck on the notion that God would actually answer at all. How could a good, religious man have so little faith in God? Makes me wonder why he prayed at all. It makes me wonder what the point of his praying was if he didn’t really expect an answer.
far too often we are like Zechariah, going through the motions of praying, or maybe worn out praying for the same thing over and over again, in both cases having lost much hope that God will actually answer. For some odd reason we keep praying, but we would be shocked if it actually happened. Yet God is into answering prayer. It’s not that we just think happy thoughts and then God will make all our wildest dreams come true. But God can and will do incredible things, so we should be praying that way. We need to adopt the attitude of Elizabeth over that of the skeptical, worn out Zechariah. We can take some encouragement from Zechariah, for his lack of faith didn’t thwart God’s plan to give him an incredible son with a powerful role in God’s Kingdom. God was able to hear behind Zechariah’s doubts, back to the seed of hope that first sparked such prayers for a child. So let’s keep praying, no matter what our present level of faith is. And maybe we will start believing that God answers our prayers, too.
- Elizabeth; Seventh in the series, “Chosen Women in the Life of Christ” (asistershugs.wordpress.com)
Startled, she awoke from her daydreams hearing the sound of his priestly division returning from their rotation. She was glad to hear him coming home; they had a good life and lived it side by side in the service of the Lord. She and her husband were respected among their friends and family, their reputation as a good, honest, hardworking couple was satisfying except for one longing in her heart. They had no children and her time was running out, she was getting old.
- 24/7 ‘Luke’ Challenge-Day 1 (cacfamilyyouth.wordpress.com)
23 When Zechariah’s week of service in the Temple was over, he returned home. 24 Soon afterward his wife, Elizabeth, became pregnant and went into seclusion for five months. 25 “How kind the Lord is!” she exclaimed. “He has taken away my disgrace of having no children.” (NLT)
- Elizabeth (stephaniecatmull.wordpress.com)
Elizabeth, widely known for her role as mother of John the Baptist and relative of the Virgin Mary, is one of the most prominent, highly regarded women in the Bible. Although these two roles speak volumes as to her historical biblical and historical significance, they speak little as to what Elizabeth endured and experienced to become such a woman. Her godly character can be discerned equally from what the Bible doesn’t say about her, as much as from what it does say. Indelibly, Elizabeth becomes not only a crucial figure, but also one that is highly admired and respected, becoming an inspiration to all women from Biblical to modern times.
As with Abraham, her faith was attributed to her as righteousness, and she was looked upon with God’s favor, as she was given the gift of “one who would call out in the desert”.
Probably, Elizabeth is among the throngs of worshippers outside the temple, praying as the pleasing smoke of fragrant incense lifts their prayers to Almighty God as her husband lights the candles from within.
Interestingly, Elizabeth remains in seclusion for the first five months of her pregnancy. This was not a common practice, as even her cousin Mary would come to visit her during her first trimester. Maybe it was because she was physically having a difficult time. Maybe it was because she didn’t want anyone to know until she was past her second trimester, in case of a miscarriage. Maybe she was extremely frightened that any of King Herod’s henchmen would see her growing belly, and subject her child to the ordered infanticide that was the law of the land. In any event, Elizabeth does not shout her pregnancy from the rooftops, telling no one about the child growing inside her. She quietly accepts her favor from God, and radiates privately in her blessing as the veil of disgrace is lifted from her life.
Already given the gift of Faith (one of the Gifts of the Spirit), Elizabeth now is given the gift of Intercessory Prayer as she continually prays for her husband as he is in the throngs of punishment. They cannot speak with each other, and because of his sin, greatly affects their marriage. Her previous disgrace of barrenness now has transformed into his disgrace of muteness. Yet all the while Elizabeth supports her husband as he did during her years of sterility. Their bond to each other becomes stronger instead of being torn apart, as they have each forgiven the other for their transgressions, and love each other through it. She does not become the constant dripping of a wife, reminding him daily of his doubt and sin. She loves him, forgives him, and carries him on her shoulders as she carries his child in her womb.
- Expect the Unexpected (Touched By An Angel Christmas Series) (krisbelfils.wordpress.com)
Our outlook on life can determine if you enjoy your life or not. It can even determine the blessings you receive all because you chose to acknowledge them or not. If it’s true that we get what we expect, it’s worth noticing our expectations—and shifting them toward a more positive outcome.
God is calling all of us to live a life of extraordinary dependance upon Him. God wants us to live by faith, not by sight. God wants us to stop expecting what we expect to get out of life, and start expecting to see Him move in our midst. He wants us to expect the unexpected.
- Sunday’s Sermon: Baffling Encounters (pastorlisaj.wordpress.com)
neither one of them was exactly what society would call a “normal pregnancy.”
Elizabeth was thrilled when her cousin, Mary, sent word that she was coming to visit. She was a little bit worried about Mary trekking all the way out to the hill country while she was pregnant. After all, these hills were large and steep, and sometimes, it could be tough going, especially in the rainy season. But in her correspondence, Mary had been insistent. She had to come see Elizabeth and speak with her.
- Hail Mary, Full of Grace (mikeforchrist.com)
r how many times Zechariah repented for his disbelief; did Elizabeth ever ridicule him—the priest—for being audacious…with an angel, after all! “Hon, let me get this right: you were scared silly by this messenger, and then you doubted him!” “(Scribble)” Fiction doesn’t get any better than this.
- Advent – Mary & Elizabeth (genesisone.wordpress.com)
God had begun this new part of His salvation plan with two mighty acts – both of which involved women in a special way.
Elizabeth, who had mourned the fact that she could not have a child and had suffered the social indignity as a result, was delighted to be pregnant – even in her old age.