It’s easy to see, from Micah’s prophecy, how the people of Israel would not expect the Messiah to come as a child, a baby, a newborn infant completely dependent on others for protection, nurturing and the many facets of parental care. Micah declares from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler of Israel/ In other words, he will be a king. From other prophets they knew he would be a descendant of David and, in their expectations, very much like David: a great king who would vanquish their enemies and lead them to live close to God in peace. Since his origin is from of old, from ancient times, he would be fully mature, wise, strong and powerful with the experience of many years, maybe many centuries, so strong and mighty that all the people of Israel would unite under him. They didn’t expect an infant.
When Mary was given the news that she was to give birth to the long-awaited Messiah of Israel, did she fully understand the scope of this news as it related to the prophecies of old? On the one hand, it seems sacrilegious to think she wouldn’t have at least some understanding since she was full of Grace but, at the same time, there is no indication that she knew. Is this question really important? Notice the only question on Mary’s mind is, “How can this be, since I have no relations with a man?” Bottom line is that she doesn’t need to know because she has perfect Trust and Faith in God and His promises. Instead, the first thing on her mind is her cousin Elizabeth and she set out and traveled to the hill country in haste to care for her cousin, six months pregnant.
What are the priorities behind our haste?