On the passage from, "But, when Elizabeth conceived, she kept herself hidden," up to the point where it says, "He will be great."
WHEN ELIZABETH CONCEIVED, "she kept herself hidden for five months. She said, 'The Lord did this for me when he showed concern for me and took away the reason people reproach me.'"1. I ask why she avoided public notice after she realized that she was pregnant.2. Unless I am mistaken, the reason is this. Even those who are joined in marriage do not consider every season free for intercourse. At times they abstain from the use of marriage. If the husband and wife are both aged, it is a disgraceful thing for them to yield to lust and turn to mating. The decline of the body, old age itself, and God's will all inhibit this act. But Elizabeth had relations with her husband once again, because of the angel's word and God's dispensation.3. She was embarrassed because she was an old and feeble woman, and had gone back to what young people do.
2. Hence "she kept herself hidden for five months"--not until the ninth month, when childbirth was impending, but until Mary also conceived. When Mary conceived and came to Elizabeth, and "her greeting resounded in [her] ears, the child in [ Elizabeth's] womb leapt for joy."4.Elizabeth prophesied. She was filled with the Holy Spirit. She spoke the words____________________