‘In the days of Herod, king of Judea, there was a priest named Zechariah, of the division of Abijah. And he had a wife from the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth. And they were both righteous before God, walking blamelessly in all the commandments and statutes of the Lord. But they had no child, because Elizabeth was barren, and both were advanced in years.’ Luke 1:5-7
Elizabeth is the focus of the discussion today. We read about Elizabeth in the gospel of Luke. In chapter 1, we are introduced to Elizabeth. Within the introduction of Elizabeth, Luke explained that Elizabeth and her husband the priest Zechariah were ‘both righteous before God, walking blamelessly in all the commandments and statutes of the Lord.‘ So we learn right away that Elizabeth was a women of faith.
In this story, Zechariah received news from an angel that he and Elizabeth would bear a child. Like Sarah and Hannah, Elizabeth experienced infertility and was advanced in years, but with God none of that matters. And like the angel foretold, Zechariah and Elizabeth became parents to John the baptist.
Elizabeth had some interesting circumstances that occurred when it’s learned that she will bear a child. Her husband, Zechariah’s disbelief caused him to question the angel who delivered the news of the baby to be. Because of that Zechariah was not able to speak until his child was born. ‘And the angel answered him, “I am Gabriel. I stand in the presence of God, and I was sent to speak to you and to bring you this good news. And behold, you will be silent and unable to speak until the day that these things take place, because you did not believe my words, which will be fulfilled in their time.”’ Luke 1:19-20. Through this event, there was no mention of Elizabeth, until Zechariah goes home. Then we learn that Elizabeth ‘… conceived, and for five months she kept herself hidden, saying, “Thus the Lord has done for me in the days when he looked on me, to take away my reproach among people.”’ Luke 1:24-25. She appreciated the blessing God had given her. That statement seems so minor, but I think it says a lot about the faith of this women. She didn’t complain about her mute husband. She didn’t focus on the negative of that situation. Instead, she focused on the good in her life. She continued to trust in God and offered him thanks for the good He had provided.
Later in Luke chapter 1 verses 39-45, we read about Elizabeth being visited by her relative Mary. ‘In those days Mary arose and went with haste into the hill country, to a town in Judah, and she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the baby leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit, and she exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! And why is this granted to me that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For behold, when the sound of your greeting came to my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her from the Lord.”’ Luke 1:39-45
Here we read another incident of Elizabeth’s strong faith and belief in God. She recognized the Savior because of the response of her baby in her womb. She recognized the power of the Lord when the presence of the Christ caused her baby boy, John the baptist to leap in her womb.
Elizabeth is such a wonderful example of faith. She is someone to admire for her positive outlook and counting her blessings. She did not let fear overtake her faith in God. She did not let the circumstances of a mute husband cause her to stumble in her faith. Instead, Elizabeth offered her gratitude to the Lord on the blessing of her pregnancy and gives God the credit for her good fortune.
Until next time