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Mary’s Visit to Elizabeth

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September 5, 2021 12:01 am

Mary’s Visit to Elizabeth

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September 5, 2021 12:01 am

In the gospel of Luke, an unborn baby is the first person described as leaping for joy at the arrival of Jesus Christ. Today, R.C. Sproul continues his series in Luke to describe what happened when Mary visited her pregnant cousin Elizabeth.

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After Mary found out that she was going to bear the Messiah.

She went to visit her cousin Elizabeth was also pregnant and Elizabeth baby responded to Mary's voice and he leaps in the womb for joy. I can hear pizza knock a monster six months pregnant. The fish the baby kicking is just quickening with the word of God says that when Mary came here. Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and that this response of the babe in her womb was a supernatural one am Renewing Your Mind be returned on Tracy's goals first by verse sermon series from the Gospel of Luke and the message that they will remind us that God's supernatural hand directs times, places and babies.

Dr. Maureen now were going to continue with our study of the gospel according to St. Luke were still in the first chapter and I will be reading from chapter 1, verse 39 through verse 45. Now Mary arose in those days and went into the hill country with space to a city of Judah and entered the house of Zacharias and greeted Elizabeth. And it happened, when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary that the babe leaped in her womb and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit that she spoke out with a loud voice and said blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruits of your womb. But why is this granted to me that the mother of my Lord should come to me for indeed, as soon as the voice of your greeting sounded in my ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy. Blessed is she who believed, for there will be a fulfillment of those things which were told her from the Lord. Then we heard this morning. Part of that account that Luke is giving us of the life and the ministry of Jesus gives us more information of the infancy of Jesus in any of the other Gospels. And this visit of Mary to Elizabeth is a part of that account.

That is, therefore, our instruction and for our edification. So I pray that this morning we will receive these words of the Lord in our minds and in our heart. Last week we looked at Mary's response to the announcement that Gabriel had given to her about the miraculous birth that she was about to have it in the conception of the son of God in her womb and we mentioned that last part of her response where she said, so let it be unto me, even according to thy word. And we saw that that was not so much of them narratives that the angel from the presence of God was obligated to obey, but that Mary was expressing her own submission to the announcement that she had received, and in that announcement Gabriel had told her that Elizabeth was already in her six months of that child that had been conceived through the power of God in her womb. And so we pick up the narrative this morning. Immediately after the conclusion of the visitation of the angel to marry where we read in Mary arose in those days and went into the hill country with taste to a city of Judah. Mary couldn't wait to speak to Elizabeth and tell her what she heard from that Angel about this she was going to conceive the child that would be the Messiah and she knew already that part of this unfolding drama was also taking place within the life of Elizabeth and in the womb of Elizabeth at this very time was a six month old on the born child who would be the Herald of the King John the Baptist to like the prophet Jeremiah in the Old Testament would be sanctified while he was in his mother's womb.

I'm going to turn this into a sermon on abortion but I can't just Passover the reality of what's taking place here when Mary visits Elizabeth and we have a response to her presence not only from Elizabeth which will consider also from this on born child whose first testimony to Jesus. His first heralding of the king takes place before he's even born. One thing I'm sure of us at this time. Six months into her pregnancy. The child that Elizabeth was carrying in her womb was alive was human and was a person know those three things are extremely important as we consider what I believe is the greatest ethical crisis that is ever visited the United States of America far exceeding the moral travesty of slavery is the wanton destruction of unborn babies. The tune of 1 1/2 million every year in this nation with hardly a deep out of the church and you hear the rhetoric I hear the rhetoric I hear people say a woman has a right to her own body. Her death maybe you say that God forbid because of two things I want observed is quickly passing the first instance that an unborn child in the womb of a mother is not part of the woman's body.

It may be in the woman's body, but it is not the woman's body. And the clearest evidence that we have to distinguish in the ritual human beings in our society today is the evidence of DNA and the DNA code of an unborn baby is different from every DNA cell in the woman's body.

The other one is that the woman has a right to her own body, my rights, whatever rights I have and were yours begin and your rights with me and were my rights begin and the mother may have the legal right in the United States of America to destroy that unborn John where did she ever get the moral right to do it. I spent my entire adult life studying the things of God and I am by no means infallible. As you all know, but if I know anything about God if I know anything at all about God. I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that he hates abortion. You know, in Roe V Wade at the time the big argument was there was no evidence that there was life in the womb that was being destroyed. That was before DNA made it very clear that that is human life well we didn't have to wait for DNA. Here you see it right here in this text, a living human child not yet born, whose heart is beating those brain waves are circulating recognizes the presence of Christ. While this unborn baby is still in his mother's womb, and he leaps in the womb for joy. I can hear people say Lachman to six months pregnant. The fish the baby kicking this just quickening with the word of God says when Mary came here. Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and that this response of the babe in her womb was a supernatural one again. It happened when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary with the babe leaped in her womb and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit will after she's filled with the Holy Spirit. What does she do the Roman Catholic. You may say what she did was that she signed part of the rosary already seen Ave Maria, which simply means hello Mary L, Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with the that was the greeting from Gabriel but then it goes on now from Elizabeth Blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb.

Does that sound familiar to some of you for my Catholic background from the rosary comes in here where Elizabeth though is not praying a prayer what she's doing is singing a song. This is the first of like five songs this song of Elizabeth the Magnificat. The song of Mary, the Benedictine use the song of Zacharias, the Gloria and asked Celsius the song of the angels on Christmas Eve and the nook tremendous the song of Simeon when the baby Jesus is presented at the temple and I want us to be careful as we go through these things in the text that we take note of the content of these songs. These songs are glorious. They are majestic and their content is so enriching that as we meditate on them.

They can change their lives on the past times I've asked the women of the church to memorize the Magnificat. How many of you have ever done that the ladies let me see your hands. Come on. Some of you have you must've quit this church and run some more. I'm not going there anymore. The guy makes us memorize the Bible. Will I have a dream and I have a challenge for the ladies are saying in the between now and next Sunday you memorize the magnet and if you do that you will never regret it in the words of that song of Mary will come to your mind over and over and over again and by the way, there's nothing wrong with the men memorizing it as well because it is wonderful but it has a particularly stirring influence on the souls of women who take the time to learn the Magnificat now throughout sacred Scriptures. I mentioned there is a place where music is referenced.

There are song's that are recorded, particularly throughout the Old Testament and the beginning of it was very early is found in the book of Genesis in the fourth chapter where we get the genealogy and the family of Cain who killed his brother Abel. We read in chapter 4 of Genesis beginning at verse 19, the history of law. Mexico is one of the descendents of Cain and we read this in law Mike took for himself two wives.

The name of one was Ada the name of the second was Zillah and Ada Bohr, J. Paul. He was the father of those who dwell in tents and have livestock his brother's name was Jubal Millicent Jubal. He was the father of all of those who play the harp and the flute.

This Randall was the first chief musician in history.

You are a descendent of Jubal which makes you a child of chain which is nothing to boast about. He was the father of all who play the harp and flowed as Priscilla she bore Tubalcain and instructor of every craftsman in bronze and iron and the sister of Tubalcain was name a Nazi Islamic said to his wives.

But what he did was he saying to his wife and this is the first song recorded in Scripture.

Listen to this song Ada and Zillah, hear my voice wives of Islamic listen to my speech, for I have killed a man for wounding me even a young man for hurting me if King Saul be avenged sevenfold them law.

Mike 77 V. This is called Linux sword song in which he celebrates his own violence, his own venomous fullness toward someone who had insulted him, and he killed him. I mentioned that for this reason that not all of the song's that are recorded in sacred Scripture are good song.

Some of the songs that we read in sacred Scripture are bad song. There arrogant song their destructive song. You know I had law Mike written his song in the 20th century, it wouldn't been called a sword song. I know what the title of the song would've been, he would recorded under the title my way I did it my way. I slaughtered those devils that insulted songs communicate so much so many bad ideas so many arrogant ideas and yet at the same time they can be used of God to elevate the soul to the highest levels humanly possible. Even Plato understood in ancient Greece that one had to pay attention to the music that they use were listening to because Plato observed what it powerful impact the music that was popular in the day had upon the young people listen to the music of Rh and you'll learn something about the behavior of our H we need to have music that praises God blesses God that thanks God that responds to God. We think of Exodus 15 of the lengthier songs of the Old Testament after the people of Israel were released from bondage to sin rescued from the chariots of Pharaoh when Moses and the children of Israel were caught between McDonnell on the sea. The sea in front of them. The pursuing chariots of Pharaoh behind them.

They were completely helpless, like long lambs ready to be slaughtered and Moses raised his arm's and called upon God to deliver his people, and God because this great when the blow and the Red Sea parted and the children of Israel walked across on dry ground while the sea was being held back by this ferocious wind that God in his providence had ordained in the soon as I got to the other side Pharaoh and his armies spewing out debts one into they vacant portion of the see what their chariots and as they were in the middle of the Red Sea that wall of water that the wind is been holding back suddenly collapsed again and drowned my dream story of the little boy came home from Sunday school that said what you learn about in Sunday school lesson. My Sunday school teacher said that the Red Sea really was. The sea was the Regency and it was only 6 inches deep and frozen really. Yes, that's what the critical scholars are saying so he said to the little boy what you think of that, he said, boy, dad, God must be something he said was that he said he drowned the whole Egyptian army in 6 inches of water. This was a the biggest moment of salvation in the Old Testament celebrated in song Moses said, I will sing to the Lord his triumph gloriously the horse and its rider. He is thrown into the sea. The Lord is my strength and my song, he's become my salvation is my God and I will praise them. My father's God and I would've exalted the Lord is a man of war. Yahweh is his name Pharaoh's chariots and his army gets cast into the sea's chosen captains are drowned in the Red Sea that depths of covered them. They sank to the bottom like us down. Published by the Rolling Stone.

This was a great him and you go through the Old Testament have time this morning to go through all the one Miriam echoes the same sentiment of the Exodus during the period of the judges, the song of Deborah and the stars in their courses fought against Sisera the lamentation of David at the news of the death of Jonathan and saw how the mighty have fallen to let modern gap, publish it, not an ethical song of Hannah concerning the promise Earth's annual all the way to the book of Revelation were we told that when the kingdom of Christ is consummated. He will give to his people, a new song we have five of them at the breakthrough of the New Testament at the time of the advent of Jesus's birth announced by Accor out from heaven and celebrated by the human agents under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, beginning with this simple couplet and metrical style blessed Mary, are you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb and who them says I can't believe it. I can't believe that you're visiting me you would think she's the elder cousin, Susan, will you doing here, I can't believe you're gracing my house with the mother of my Lord should come to me and as the spirit moved Elizabeth to say those things the same spirit came upon Mary and her response was a saw the greatest songs ever sung one that you going to learn this and we hope you'll join us for that we would forward to learning that song that's Dr. RC Sproul preaching at St. Andrews Chapel here in Sanford, Florida receive correspondence to the church for many years and that you can hear the love that he shared with the people were glad you joined us today for Renewing Your Mind on the Sunday homily web in the every time Dr. Strohl taught verse by verse through book of the Bible. He went into great depth and detail. Many of his series comprised 100 sermons or more, though sermons are the basis of Dr. Strohl's commentary series that we are published and when you contact us today with a donation of any amount we will provide you a digital download of his commentary on Luke. You can make your request and Renewing Your Mind.org this is an online offer only. So let me repeat that it's Renewing Your Mind.org will your Dr. Strohl encouraging ladies of the church to memorize very song we will study it next week as we continue the series and I hope you'll join us for Renewing Your Mind

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