Elizabeth was married to a priest of Israel
named Zacharias. It is said of them that
they were righteous before God. They were
quite old and had never had children. They
had prayed for years for God to send them
One day Zacharias was serving in
the temple and the angel Gabriel appeared
to him. He told him they would have a child
and he was to be named John. Zacharias did
not believe the words of the angel. Because
of his unbelief he would not be able to
speak until the baby was born.
During her sixth month Elizabeth was visited by her
cousin Mary. The Holy Spirit revealed to her
that Mary was going to be the mother of Jesus.
When John was born he was named just as the
angel had said even though none of their
family were called by that name.