- Story is similar in some ways to Abraham and Sarah
- Story reminds me of Isaiah 6
- It’s as if their son is being withdrawn from their family. A name that is not a family name. Given up to God from birth (like a Nazerite, but from birth). Even though both parents are descendants of Aaron, he receives priesthood from an angel (detail from Joseph Smith)
- Spirit of Elijah — does it mean calling Israel back to the covenant? That would make more sense of why it’s “of Elijah” — he brought Israel back from worshiping idols to worshiping God. John also brought people back to the covenant by baptizing, and that opened up a way that people could recognize Christ? 16 And many of the children of Israel shall he turn to the Lord their God. 17 And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.
- This made us think about the word of wisdom again, and how it’s like everyone is becoming like a Nazerite. That was a vow for a year or so, but we make it for life. But it has been “adapted” to the weak and simple. A Nazerite was like a priest without being a priest. We do the same, and we are promised temple-like blessings, too!