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Elizabeth - Day 1

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    WOMEN IN DISCIPLESHIP (sm)

    WOMEN OF FAITH
    FROM BARRENNESS TO BLESSEDNESS


    Week Six

    Elizabeth

    INTRODUCTION

    We move this week into the New Testament to explore God's Word for more truths to help us learn and grow. In our search we have studied faithful women who struggled with barrenness. Each learned through her difficulty that it is only God who gives life and completeness of body, mind, and spirit. In Elizabeth's story we'll see similarities to Sarah

    Elizabeth experienced life in its most reverential and sacrificial way. She was born into a family from the priestly line of Aaron. She also had the same name as Aaron's wife in the Old Testament. (Ex. 6:23) Elizabeth was blessed to hear firsthand two familiar poems we enjoy in the church today, the Magnificent sung by Mary (Luke 1:46-55) and Zechariah's Benedictus (Luke 1:68-79).

    Let's begin to mine for ourselves the truths from Elizabeth's life of faith and trust in the God of promise.


    DAY ONE

    1. From Luke 1:1-4, what do we learn about the authenticity of this book of the Bible? List the author and recipient.

    2. Fill in the following based on Luke 1:5-25.
      • Who was the king?
      • Who was Zechariah?
      • Who was Elizabeth?
      • From whose family line did Elizabeth come?

      The priestly line of Aaron was established by God in the wilderness of Sinai when the tribes of Israel were apportioned land blessings. (Ex. 28:1) The line of Aaron became priests unto the LORD and did not hold land rights. Instead they were given tithes from the other tribes. (Num. 18:21) Their role was to offer the sacrifices in the temple to Almighty God. Aaron and Moses were descendants of Levi, whom the Levitical line was named after. The blessings given by Jacob before his death stated that Levi would be scattered among his brothers, and God would be their inheritance.

    3. Describe Elizabeth from Luke 1:5-7.

    4. Tell what happened to Zechariah in Luke 1:8-17.

    5. Describe the child to be born to Zechariah and Elizabeth. (vv.13-17)

    6. How did Zechariah respond to the angel? (v.18)

    7. What did Zechariah experience because of his lack of faith? (vv.19-20)


    Gabriel is mentioned in two books of the Bible, Daniel and Luke. (Michael is the only other angel named specifically in the Bible.) In Daniel, Gabriel was sent with a special message for the man of God. (Dan. 8:16, 9:21) In the book of Luke, Gabriel again served as a messenger for the Lord. In Luke 1:26, Gabriel brought good news to Mary, who would become the mother of the Messiah.

    Zechariah was chosen by lot for a special priestly duty. (Luke 1:9) He entered the Holy Place to keep the candle of incense burning at the altar before the Most Holy Place. (Prov. 16:33) This duty was performed every morning and evening. It was a privilege to get to serve in this way because the likelihood of being chosen was extremely rare. There were many priests serving during this time. The duty he performed was so important that many people were outside praying that God would accept the priest and his offering. It was a known fact that sometimes a priest performing this service could be struck dead if his offering was unacceptable. Therefore they tied a rope to the leg of the entering priest in case he perished in the presence of God's Holy of Holies and had to be pulled out. In Luke 1:21 we see the heightened anticipation of the crowd because of how long Zechariah stayed in the Holy Place. This event was significant in the historical narrative, and we can see why Luke placed it here.


    LESSONS AND APPLICATIONS

    1. God's Word is documented and true. Do you believe God's Word is relative to your life?

    2. God sees righteousness in His people, and He requires faith and obedience. What does God see in your life right now of righteousness, obedience, and faith?

    3. God disciplines those He loves. How has God disciplined you in the past?

     

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