The Promise in the Magnificat

Thursday, 03 May 2007

On the surface, their situations and standing in Israel could hardly have posed a sharper contrast. Zechariah was an aged man, an honored man, a privileged priest descended from Aaron, standing before the incense altar in the holy chamber of Israel's temple in the holy city itself. Mary was a young unmarried woman in backwater Nazareth, linked to the royal line of David, to be sure, but kingdom hopes seemed dashed as God's people languished under the heel of Herod the Idumean, puppet of pagan Rome. Zechariah and his wife Elizabeth had waited many long, sad years ...

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