Whether there’s three or eleven of you, I’m so thankful to each and every one that joins me on Monday to Chase History.
If you’re new here, welcome! I’m so glad you’re visiting, let’s be friends?
Here is how the link-up words. Easy peasy, I promise.
Just pick one of your favorite women in the Bible and then write about her. Do a little research, read the chapter(s) over again. Dig in deep or span out wide. Just learn.
It doesn’t need to be fancy. It doesn’t need to be long. If you’ve read here any length of time, you know I ramble and I love details. So it should be no surprise that if I’m able to find out anything about a Story, I’m going to write. it. all. out.
Write however much you feel comfortable. This isn’t a bible study – this is community coming together to talk about Him and the Stories He has written.
What could be more beautiful? Let’s chase history together.
- Elizabeth is married to Zechariah (who was a priest)
- She was barren
- Elizabeth and Mary (the mother of Jesus) are relatives
- Their children, John and Jesus, are cousins
But Zechariah questioned the angel by saying,” How can I be sure of this? I am an old man and my wife is well along in years.”
What he said was true. A little earlier in the story, we see that both Elizabeth and Zechariah were “upright in the sight of God, observing all the Lord’s commandments and regulations blamelessly. But they had no children, because Elizabeth was barren; and they were both well along in years.”
Even though what Zechariah said was true, the angel made him silent – unable to speak until the baby was born – because he didn’t believe.
All this time, the people are waiting outside the temple, wondering what was taking so long. Can you imagine how nervous Elizabeth was? What could take him so long? What was happening inside? Did he enter into the temple with an impure heart – did God strike him dead? Has he done something wrong? Where, just where is he?
When he came out of the temple unable to speak, they all knew he had had a vision. How frustrated, yet excited, they must have felt! After going home, Elizabeth becomes pregnant, but remains in seclusion for five months. She says, “The Lord has done this for me. In these days he has shown his favor and taken away my disgrace among the people.”
In Elizabeth’s sixth month, Mary becomes pregnant and the Lord tells her through an angel that, “Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be barren is in her sixth month. For nothing is impossible with God.”
Of course, Mary hurried and went to see Elizabeth. She was welcomed in, and when Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, it says “the baby leaped in her womb and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.” Then, we get to see how Elizabeth really feels:
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? As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. Blessed is she who has believed that what the Lord has said to her will be accomplished!
Next week I will be at camp, serving as a camp mom for high school guys and girls. Needless to say, I don’t feel equipped at all. Which probably means God is going to show up and show off. Still, prayers are much appreciated – that they would listen and learn from Him, and that I would have His wisdom to share. Also, that I will have strength to get through the week…I’m still very sick from SLU, but I know He will give enough for each day.
All that to say, I’m taking a break from Chasing History next Monday.
We’ll be back on Monday, August 5th – so you have tons of time to prepare!!!
Happy Monday to you all, and have a wonderful week!