Wednesday, December15, 2021
The apostle Luke describes the persistent faith of a godly woman.
Luke 1:41-42 When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. And she cried out with a loud voice and said, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb!” (NASB)
Elizabeth was a daughter of a long line of priests and a woman of standing in her community. She had lived most of her life with one distinguishing characteristic: she had no children! To further complicate matters Elisabeth was now past the age of childbearing. While this was a serious thing in the Jewish community — where every woman longed to be the mother of Messiah – Elizabeth never stopped asking! When her husband, Zacharias, was chosen to go into the presence of God, Elisabeth made sure that this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity included a prayer that they would be blessed with a child. To me, the first great spiritual quality I see in Elizabeth was unwavering faith in God!
When in the course of time Elizabeth conceived — she secluded herself, no visitors — just savoring the experience of motherhood so long desired! Then her niece Mary comes to visit. Nowhere in Gabriel’s conversation with Zacharias is Mary identified as the mother of Messiah, so until the pre-natal John the Baptist kicked in Elizabeth’s womb and the Holy Spirit revealed it to her – only then does Elizabeth connect the dots! Imagine!! What did they talk about? Two miraculous conceptions: one a virgin . . . the other a woman past child-bearing years. With God this is not even mildly difficult!