Leaping Babies

Have you ever been around a pregnant woman and seen her baby move and kick! It’s amazing! Maybe you’ve been pregnant and felt the baby from the inside respond to your taste in music and food and activities. Those babies are full of life and God knows all about them!

“For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb.” (Psalm 139:13 NKJV)

Elizabeth’s relative was Mary. Mary at this time was pregnant too. She was going to give birth to Jesus! Mary went to visit Elizabeth and Zacharias for three months.

I love the part of the story when Mary greets Elizabeth*. Reunions are so wonderful anyway. For example, at Christmas, when my sister came home, people could hear my sister and I exclaiming to each other all across the airport! It was SO good to see her in person again. Mary’s and Elizabeth’s reunion is even better because of the Holy Spirit and two VIP babies in the wombs.

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. Then she spoke out with a loud voice and said, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit 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 or joy. Blessed is she who believed, for there will be a fulfillment of those things which were told her from the Lord.” (Luke 1:41-45 NKJV)

When we looked at Lydia’s story, God opened her heart to hear the message spoken by Paul. Lydia responds by getting baptized and with hospitality, getting deeper in her relationship with the Lord. Elizabeth hears Mary’s greeting, and this sets off a sequence where she is filled with the Holy Spirit, the baby leaps inside her, and she speaks a prophesy.

I did a little digging about the Holy Spirit and this story. We already know that Gabriel said John would be filled with the Holy Spirit even when he is in the womb. This is unusual, but totally possible. The Holy Spirit is usually connected with conversion to Christianity:

Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” (Acts 2:38 NKJV)

This blogger points out that it is clear John is filled with the Holy Spirit in the womb because he responds with joy to having Jesus in a nearby womb. One of the fruits of the Spirit is joy (Galatians 5:22-23).

Elizabeth is filled with the Holy Spirit at the time of Mary’s greeting. It makes sense that Jesus, in Mary’s belly, would be around when this happens, because it is Jesus who promises to send us the Holy Spirit when He ascends to the Father.

“And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever— the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.” (John 14:16-17 NKJV)

Elizabeth would have known about the coming Messiah, but the Holy Spirit reveals to her that He is in Mary’s womb! It’s so exciting! Elizabeth gets to be a part of God’s plan in carrying John the Baptist and hanging out with Mary. Elizabeth responds with praise to God!

Elizabeth was living out 2 Peter 1:3-4.

“Everything that goes into a life of pleasing God has been miraculously given to us by getting to know, personally and intimately, the One who invited us to God. The best invitation we ever received! We were also given absolutely terrific promises to pass on to you—your tickets to participation in the life of God after you turned your back on a world corrupted by lust.” 2 Peter 1:3-4 (MSG)

Elizabeth was living a life pleasing God because of the miraculous gifts that came from getting to know God! She was seeing the fulfillment of His promises!

We can do this too. Look for God’s promises in the Bible and claim them! Accept the miraculous gift of having a relationship with God! He gives us everything we need to live for Him.

He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?” (Romans 8:32 NKJV)

*Oh I love The Nativity Story movie! It makes the story come to life! I’ve been watching The Son of God to get my heart ready for Easter.

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