Daily Devotions for Saturday: by Christina Farris
Luke 1:24-25 KJV
(24) And after those days his wife Elisabeth conceived, and hid herself five months, saying,
(25) Thus hath the Lord dealt with me in the days wherein he looked on me, to take away my reproach among men.
One of the first things people seem to want to know of young people just getting married is do you want children. When do you want children. The normal reply if yes they want children seems, to be either after they first get married or two years, giving the marriage a chance for adjustments. Yet some wait even longer then that, with careers and goals in life that interfere with the goaled of having children. Some wait to long and never have children, unless through adoption. Some making the choice of a career verses kids. In modern society it not taboo not to have children, it is more of a life choice, then the issue of not having them. After all, women conceive the idea of adoption or foster care as alternatives to natural birth. Deciding these choices are option of choice in the modern world.
Had careers of Elizabeth and Zechariah been an issue in his day, then Elizabeth reproach among men would not of been an issue. Yet at one time it was consider a curse not to have children. A curse of a woman’s possible unfaithfulness that caused her sterility, One must remember in ancient times sexual diseases would not been unknown, but they would have been a reason for sterility and lack of treatment or lack of knowledge of what to do about the issue. The Priesthood had doctors and perhaps because the Priesthood was educated, Elizabeth may of even gone to such doctors for answers or maybe at the least a midwife. No doubt with her desire for kids she may of even tried ancient practice of Rachel and Leah with manhood root. Yet she never got pregnant, until late in life when all hope was gone, her husband came home unable to speak. Maybe the silence did something for there marriage, no one knows, but anyway Elizabeth conceived.
Elizabeth told no one until it had been five months. Perhaps she was unsure of herself being pregnant, maybe she wanted to make sure she would probably make it full term of the pregnancy, and perhaps it was in honor of her God she hid herself from the outside world. Maybe it had to do with her husband’s vision in the temple that had sealed his mouth, that cause Elizabeth to be quiet as well to her friends and neighbors. Perhaps the knowledge of the vision coming to pass was to awesome to believe that the Messiah would be coming and her son would be the a great minister as a forerunner of Christ.
One can only paint of a picture of speculation, for little information is given. Yet the prophesy coming to pass and the hope coming alive to Elizabeth within that five month period would have been greater then one could of obtain. Maybe it was to protect her child, that she hid this special conception for five months. Would someone had tried to kill her, or taken her child because of this knowledge no one knows, The Bible does tell us that Jesus announcement of birth caused a stir that Jesus had to be hidden from King Herod or be caught in the slaughter of children that took place in Bethlehem.
Often we only consider the joy of the announcement never thinking of the danger of true prophesies coming to pass. When God does a miracle or proclaims something, the devil going to try and steal the thunder of God. Hiding the news for a time was probably the safest thing for Elizabeth to do. Yet it could only be hidden for short period. For the prophesy would have been known through out the priesthood by word of mouth. What those last few months of pregnancy must of like for Elizabeth and with her cousin Mary coming to see her, it had to be an added blessing to have extra hand in the house.
Do not take prophesy in your own life to lightly but consider the timing of the announcement of the truth of prophesy, before you leap, for I will guarantee that devil going to try and steal your joy. Try to steal your blessing. Try and steal your hope. Elizabeth reproach removed no jeering of the fact she possibly was pregnant because of five months no doubt Elizabeth was now showing that she was pregnant.
Dear Heavenly Father help us to be on time to announce anything foretold to us by you. That it will not be premature, but can be seen has a fact. In Jesus precious name, Amen.
Daily Bible Verses: Genesis 30:23 KJV
(23) And she conceived, and bare a son; and said, God hath taken away my reproach:
Daily God’s Promises: Galatians 4:27 KJV
(27) For it is written, Rejoice, thou barren that bearest not; break forth and cry, thou that travailest not: for the desolate hath many more children than she which hath an husband.