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It was quiet in Elizabeth's
house. There were no sounds of children slamming doors, scuffling or laughing.
Elizabeth was barren. Barren--the very word elicits sights of sand blowing
across the desert, or the sounds of boots walking on parched earth.
It got quieter. Elizabeth
and her husband Zechariah were getting old and rickety. They were at the
time of life when loud noises startled them and their ears didn't work
quite as well as before. Zechariah was tending to his work at the temple
with the angel Gabriel suddenly appeared before him with news that Elizabeth
was pregnant. Zechariah didn't believe the angel so God took the ability
to speak from him. Getting a preacher not to talk--now that's a miracle!
When she was six-months pregnant,
Mary came to visit her. Mary was pregnant, but not married. If you agree
that the aged Elizabeth's pregnancy was a miracle, you will also agree
that the virgin Mary's pregnancy was a super-miracle.
Elizabeth, showing great
emotional maturity, didn't talk about her baby, instead, she immediately
rejoiced with Mary. She said: "You are blessed by God above all other
women" (Luke 1:42 NLT)
Why was Mary blessed? Her
pregnancy disrupted her plans, and caused her future husband to doubt her
loyalty. She faced hardship, pain and sorrow. Why was she blessed?
Elizabeth, with a miracle
baby in her womb, sitting in the presence of her silent, unbelieving husband
answered that question. "You are blessed, because you believed that
the Lord would do what he said." (Luke 1:45 NLT)