Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit (Lk 1:41-1:41)

“When Elizabeth

Heard

Mary’s greeting,

The child leaped

In her womb.

Elizabeth was filled

With the Holy Spirit.”

 

καὶ ἐγένετο ὡς ἤκουσεν τὸν ἀσπασμὸν τῆς Μαρίας ἡ Ἐλεισάβετ, ἐσκίρτησεν τὸ βρέφος ἐν τῇ κοιλίᾳ αὐτῆς, καὶ ἐπλήσθη Πνεύματος Ἁγίου ἡ Ἐλεισάβετ

 

Luke indicated that somehow John, the six-month old fetus in Elizabeth’s womb, recognized Mary and her pregnancy.  Luke said that the baby or child (τὸ βρέφος) heard Mary’s greeting to Elizabeth (καὶ ἐγένετο ὡς ἤκουσεν τὸν ἀσπασμὸν τῆς Μαρίας ἡ Ἐλεισάβετ).  Then John lept in the womb of Elizabeth (ἐν τῇ κοιλίᾳ αὐτῆς).  Luke also said that Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit (καὶ ἐπλήσθη Πνεύματος Ἁγίου ἡ Ἐλεισάβετ).  Notice that Elizabeth, like Mary in verse 35, was also filled with the Holy Spirit.  Later in this chapter, Zechariah, in verse 67, will be filled with the Holy Spirit.  Clearly Luke emphasized the importance of the Holy Spirit to these main characters.

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