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Old Jun 24, '12, 6:06 pm
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Default Re: How Did Elizabet Know what to Name her Son?

Jakasaki - thank you. i guess it is not a stretch to say that John means God's gracious gift! I appreciate knowing that that meaning existed before John the Baptist. In fact, to aged parents, he was an extraordinary gift! As are my sons John and Ian. Would have been nice to also have a Sean and Ivan also, but no luck. Thank you for your scholarship.
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Old Jun 24, '12, 8:48 pm
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Thank you! This simply makes a lot of sense to me. If I thought about it a little longer,
Your welcome. I am glad you asked the question. I never thought about it until you brought it up. Good thought provoking question.
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If the Holy Spirit could tell Elizabeth, not only that Mary was pregnant, but Who she carried in her womb, before Mary even said a word about it, then I have no doubt He could also tell her what to name her son.

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How did Elizabeth know to call her son John, if when the angel of our Lord spoke to Zechariah, and he doubted how his wife could conceive a child at her age and was made speechless, did he write something for his wife what to call their son?
Two words: divine inspiration. It confirmed to Zechariah that the vision was true; it's too good to be coincidental.
"God moves in extremely mysterious, not to say, circuitous ways. God does not play dice with the universe; He plays an ineffable game of His own devising, which might be compared, from the perspective of any of the other players*, to being involved in an obscure and complex version of poker in a pitch dark room, with blank cards, for infinite stakes, with a Dealer who won't tell you the rules, and who smiles all the time."

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