Elizabeth, a New Testament Woman Who Prophesied, Though She Was Not Known As A Prophet
Zechariah, and his wife Elizabeth, both from the tribe of Levi and descended from Aaron’s high priestly line, also knew what it was to have no children, though they were godly and devout people who would have loved to raise a family.
Then, Zechariah was visited by the angel Gabriel to tell him the astonishing and glorious news that he and his aged wife Elizabeth would now conceive. Zechariah expostulated in disbelief (which earned him the Lord’s silencing for the next nine months!). However, Elizabeth knew that her pregnancy was the Lord’s doing.
In Elizabeth’s sixth month of pregnancy her young relative Mary came to visit her, unexpectedly,
39 Mary got up and hurried to a city in the Judean highlands.40 She entered Zechariah’s home and greeted Elizabeth. 41 When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. 42 With a loud voice she blurted out, “God has blessed you above all women, and he has blessed the child you carry.
43 Why do I have this honor, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? 44 As soon as I heard your greeting, the baby in my womb jumped for joy. 45 Happy is she who believed that the Lord would fulfill the promises he made to her.” (Luke 1:39-45 Common English Bible, CEB)
Did you catch that? Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit, and knew in that holy moment of inspiration and discernment, that Mary was carrying Messiah within her, though Mary had only heard the news herself just a few days prior from the angel Gabriel. Elizabeth blurted the news in a loud voice, right there at the front door! Mary was to be “the mother of my Lord.”