The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleLuke 1:51
He hath showed strength with his arm…
power, in the business of the incarnation, and in working out
salvation for his people; which is done by his own arm, he being
mighty to save, and travelling in the greatness of his strength; see
(Isaiah 63:1,5) .
He hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts;
he always resists, and both in providence and grace, takes such
methods, as tend to humble and confound them: here particularly, it may
regard the proud and haughty Jews; who imagined nothing less, than that
the Messiah would be born of one of the rich and noble families in
Judea; that he would appear as a temporal prince, and set up a temporal
kingdom in great state and splendour, and make them a free and
flourishing people: when instead of this, he was to be born of a poor
virgin, of whom they disdainfully say, is not his mother called Mary?
who was of Nazareth in Galilee, of which it is said, shall Christ come
out of Galilee? or any good thing out of Nazareth? A virgin betrothed
to a carpenter, and her son of that business also, with which both were
flouted; and because of this meanness, the Messiah was rejected by
them; and thus were they scattered and confounded in their imaginations.