This year we are covering the four Gospel Accounts together in chronological order.
In the previous post, we covered Luke 1:46-55. Here was the conclusion:
Mary confirmed her faith in what was stated to her by the Holy Spirit and Elisabeth concerning JESUS.
"56 And Mary abode with her about three months, and returned unto her house."
(Mary stayed with Elisabeth until her ninth month and then returned to Nazareth. Mary was not pregnant at this point...)
"57 Now Elisabeth's time was fulfilled that she should be delivered; and she brought forth a son."
(John the Baptist was born at least nine months before Jesus.)
"58 And her neighbors and her kinsfolk heard that the Lord had magnified his mercy towards her; and they rejoiced with her."
(People rejoiced at the news that she got her heart's desire in her old age. Notice, this drew attention to the birth and connected events...which would allow Luke to learn about this decades later.)
"59 And it came to pass on the eighth day, that they came to circumcise the child; and they would have called him Zacharias, after the name of the father."
(When they went to circumcise John and name him, those who did the circumcision would have named him Zacharias.)
"60 And his mother answered and said, Not so; but he shall be called John."
(Elisabeth stated that his name would be John. Notice, Elisabeth was full of the Holy Spirit and pronounced the correct name. Perhaps Zacharias was able to let Elisabeth know what Gabriel said...but even if he didn't Elisabeth was full of the Holy Spirit and correctly stated what Gabriel had said.)
"61 And they said unto her, There is none of thy kindred that is called by this name.
62 And they made signs to his father, what he would have him called."
(The people stated that none of her relatives were called John. The crowd then turned to Zacharias to see what he wanted the child to be named...)
Mary left Elisabeth shortly before John the Baptist was born. Those who performed the circumcision wanted to name him Zacharias, but Elisabeth said to name him John. They didn't want to listen to her, so they turned to Zacharias to find out the name of his son...