On the passage from, "She remained with her for three months, "up to the point where it says, "and he spoke, praising God."
OUR EXPLANATION BOTH of what is said in Scripture and of the deeds recorded there should be worthy of the Holy Spirit and of faith in Christ, that faith to which we believers are called. Hence, we should now ask why Mary went to Elizabeth after she conceived and "remained with her for three months."1. We should also ask why Luke, who was writing a narrative of the Gospel,2. also inserted the words, "She remained with her for three months and afterwards returned to her home."3. Surely there ought to be some explanation; and, if the Lord opens our hearts, the discourse that follows will provide it. The mere fact that Mary came to Elizabeth and greeted her made Elizabeth's infant "leap with joy"4. and made "Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit,"5. prophesy those things which have been written in the Gospel. In one hour, Elizabeth made that much progress. We are left to conjecture what progress John made in the three months during which Mary dwelt with Elizabeth.6.
2. In a moment or an instant, the infant leapt up and, as it were, frolicked for joy, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. It would be most inappropriate if neither John nor Elizabeth profited from the immediate presence, for three____________________