“God Is My Oath”
Luke 1:5-25; 39-80
A Woman of Humility, Faith, and Patience
Elizabeth was an extraordinary woman of the bible. A woman of humility, faith, and patience, the mother of John the Baptist and a relative of Mary, the mother of Christ. When Elizabeth is introduced to us in the scriptures she is approximately 60 years old, childless, and married to the priest Zechariah. She and her husband are described in the scripture as being “blameless”.
Her humility is seen during her years of barrenness Elizabeth was raised under the Jewish law and customs. If a woman did not conceive and bare children it was considered a sign of God’s disfavor due to sin in their life. Having a son was very important. If the husband died then the son would provide for the mother. Elizabeth endured the pain of being barren and the condescending whispers from those in her surroundings. She was scorned, ridiculed and rejected, but yet she remained humble and continued to trust God. “Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:”1 Peter 5:6
Her faith in God did not waiver concerning a child. Her priestly husband Zechariah was chosen by “lots” to burn incense inside the Temple. A once in a life time opportunity coming every 12 years due to there being 24,000 priest, but God favored Zechariah. While Zechariah performed his duties inside the Holy Place of the Temple the angel Gabriel tells him that Elisabeth will have a son and he will “be great in the sight of the Lord” and would be empowered by the spirit of Elijah”. Zechariah asked for a sign and was muted temporally for unbelief. After returning home he had to write on a wax tablet to explain to Elizabeth what the angel said; she immediately believed the prophecy and accepted it with gratefulness and joy. “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1
Her patience is remarkable. She quietly enjoys the favor of God upon her life. Not sharing this wonderful event with anyone the first five months of her pregnancy. During this time of seclusion Mary her cousin comes to visit her who is three months pregnant with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, who is considered an “illegitimate child". Elizabeth knowing what could happen by allowing Mary to enter into their home welcomed her with love and acceptance. As they embraced the Spirit of God caused the baby to leap inside Elizabeth then she begins to prophesy to Mary that she is the mother of our Lord. Elizabeth praised her pregnancy and did not doubt the conception. She understood what Mary was going through. Elizabeth gives birth to her son, John the Baptist and according to Jewish customs he was circumcised and named on the eighth day. She nurtured Mary and ministered strength to her so she could return to her family. “But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.” James 1:4
The character of Elizabeth should be seen in the life of every Christian woman.
- What fruit of the spirit do others see in you?
- What did God say to you about you?
- What is your ministry to others?
Bible References: Luke 1:5-25, 39-80
Prophetess Katherine Smith-Baffour is the General Overseer of Judah International Outreach Ministries Inc. located on the Northwest Side of Chicago, IL.She’s a native of Chicago and the owner of KS Consulting Inc, which consists of establishing Non-Profit Organizations, Preschools and Private Schools Helping the Small Business Expand. Her area of ministry includes preaching, teaching, conference speaker, leadership and development training, retreats, revivals and seminars. She gives particular emphasis on prayer, spiritual growth and leadership. Prophetess Katherine Smith-Baffour has a strong anointing in prayer and deliverance.
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