Extraordinary Women Of God[6] : Elizabeth Blameless In Pain

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Read: They were both righteous in the sight of God, walking blamelessly in all the commandments and requirements of the Lord. Luke 1:6

Examine: Elizabeth in the Bible is the wife of Zechariah, the mother of John the Baptist, and a relative of Mary the mother of Jesus. Her story is told in Luke 1:5-80. The Scriptures describe Elizabeth as a woman who is “righteous in the eyes of God, careful to obey all of the Lord’s commands and regulations” (Luke 1:6).

Elizabeth was barren; she was unable to have children (Luke 1:7). When Elizabeth is first mentioned in the Bible, she is an old woman, or as Luke puts it, “advanced in years” (Luke 1:7), But Lord was merciful  Luke 1:13 But the angel said to him: “Do not be afraid, Zechariah; your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you are to call him John. Later Elizabeth conceived.

As soon as Mary arrived at Elizabeth’s home Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, “the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. In a loud voice, she exclaimed: ‘Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear! But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? (Luke 1:41–45). The Holy Spirit told Elizabeth of Mary’s condition even before Mary could say a word.

Elizabeth’s son grew up to be John the Baptist, who ministered “before the Lord, in the spirit and power of Elijah” (Luke 1:17) and was the prophet who prepared the way of the Lord, fulfilling Malachi’s prophecy (Malachi 3:1; Luke 1:76; John 3:1–6). She became the mother of John who prepared the way for Jesus.

Application: When they had every reason to be discouraged and complain, Scripture says – Luke 1:6 Both of them were righteous in the sight of God, observing all the Lord’s commands and decrees blamelessly.

Elizabeth was sad but never became bitter because of her barrenness. She had enormous faith in God her entire life. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. How the Lord worked in her life due to her blameless walk.

She appreciated God’s mercy and kindness. She praised God for giving her a son. Elizabeth was humble, even though she played a key role in God’s plan of salvation. Her focus was always on the Lord, never herself.

Decision: We should never underestimate God’s tremendous love for us. Even though Elizabeth had been barren and her time for having a baby was over, God caused her to conceive. Our God is a God of surprises. Sometimes, when we least expect it, he touches us with a miracle and our life is changed forever.

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