“While they were there,
The time came
Ἐγένετο δὲ ἐν τῷ εἶναι αὐτοὺς ἐκεῖ ἐπλήσθησαν αἱ ἡμέραι τοῦ τεκεῖν αὐτήν,
Luke had a very simple statement, just like Matthew, chapter 2:1, about the birth of Jesus. While they were there (Ἐγένετο δὲ ἐν τῷ εἶναι αὐτοὺς ἐκεῖ) in Bethlehem, the time came for her to deliver her child (ἐπλήσθησαν αἱ ἡμέραι τοῦ τεκεῖν αὐτήν). Her pregnancy had reached its end. After all that had preceded, the main event had arrived. As any mother, Mary was excited about the birth of her child. Joseph might also have been concerned.
To be registered
He was engaged.
She was expecting
ἀπογράψασθαι σὺν Μαριὰμ τῇ ἐμνηστευμένῃ αὐτῷ, οὔσῃ ἐγκύῳ.
Luke explained that Joseph went to be registered with Mary (ἀπογράψασθαι σὺν Μαριὰμ). He said that Joseph was engaged to be married, betrothed to Mary (τῇ ἐμνηστευμένῃ αὐτῷ), not yet married, but Mary was expecting or with child (οὔσῃ ἐγκύῳ), as his fiancée. The divine circumstances of that pregnancy had been laid out in the preceding chapter. Matthew pointed out in chapter 1 or his work that Joseph had been disturbed about this pregnancy. It was about an 85-mile trip from Nazareth to Bethlehem. This was the third time that Mary had made this trip from Nazareth to the Jerusalem area in the last six months, after going to visit Elizabeth in the Judean hill country outside Jerusalem, and then returning, as mentioned in the preceding chapter. On top of that, her pregnancy was near its end. Today, she would have been refused an air flight, so that this land trip of about a week would have been very dangerous for her and her child.
“But his mother said.
He is to be
καὶ ἀποκριθεῖσα ἡ μήτηρ αὐτοῦ εἶπεν Οὐχί, ἀλλὰ κληθήσεται Ἰωάνης.
Luke said that Elizabeth, the mother of the child, intervened (καὶ ἀποκριθεῖσα ἡ μήτηρ αὐτοῦ). She said no (εἶπεν Οὐχί), that his name was not going to be Zechariah, but he would be called John (ἀλλὰ κληθήσεται Ἰωάνης). I guess that during the 9 months of pregnancy, the 2 parents had agreed on what Zechariah had been asked to do.
“Now the time came
To give birth.
She bore a son.”
Τῇ δὲ Ἐλεισάβετ ἐπλήσθη ὁ χρόνος τοῦ τεκεῖν αὐτήν, καὶ ἐγέννησεν υἱόν.
Luke said that the time had been completed for Elizabeth (Τῇ δὲ Ἐλεισάβετ ἐπλήσθη ὁ χρόνος) to give birth (τοῦ τεκεῖν αὐτήν). Elizabeth had gone through her 9 months of pregnancy. Thus, with a normal birth, she bore a son (καὶ ἐγέννησεν υἱόν). There was nothing spectacular here.
“You formed my inward parts.
You knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you!
I am fearfully made.
I am wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works!
I know them very well.
My frame was not hidden from you.
I was being made in secret.
I was intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes beheld my unformed substance.
In your book were written
All the days that was formed for me,
When none of them as yet existed.
How weighty to me are your thoughts!
How vast is the sum of them!
If I would count them,
They are more than the sand.
I come to the end.
I am still with you.”
In beautiful colorful language, David, the psalmist, describes his life in the womb, and how he came to be. He was knit together in the womb of his mother by Yahweh. Thus pregnancy is time of knitting. He was made in secret as Yahweh intricately wove him in the depths of the womb. Earth was like the womb. He praised Yahweh for the wonderful work he had become, even as an unformed substance in the womb of his mother. Yahweh had this book of life where he kept track of his future days here on earth. The thoughts of Yahweh are so vast and deep that they cannot be counted because they are like the sands of the seashore. Even now, that his life is now ending, he still was with Yahweh. This is a masterful section about the womb as a place where Yahweh was knitting and weaving the human before his birth. What a powerful argument against abortion.