Too often, we rush and we fail to slow down
and consider the common sense of a Bible passage - in context.
Like a learner in a reading class, let's break down a passage
to see if we can comprehend it better.
Luke 1 (NASB):
24 Now after these days his wife Elizabeth became pregnant, and she kept herself in seclusion for five months, saying,
- How many months passed before Elizabeth conceives?
- Why does Elizabeth seclude herself?
- What is Elizabeth's thinking during this strange turn of events?
Elizabeth must have thought Zechariah was crazy at first. He's too old. She's too old. And yet, he came home with news about an angel. I wonder if his wife understood what he was signing and writing to her (Remember, he couldn't speak.). Did she believe her husband's news? For some reason, Elizabeth hides out for five months. Perhaps it was the custom. I have to wonder if that was the first or the last part of her pregnancy. It almost sounds like Elizabeth regrets the prayers to have a child.
That is, it sounds like that until next verse: in verse 25, she makes it clear that she feels blessed by God that He has chosen her to be a vessel for the forerunner of the Savior. In fact, until now, she says, she has been disgraced in the minds of society because of her inability to conceive and bear a child.