Elizabeth a Spiritual Mentor
Updated: Apr 24, 2020
Word of the Day: Mentor
A wise and trusted teacher or counselor
Elizabeth's name means "God is my oath". Her husband Zachariah was a priest as well as her father. Luke chapter 1 describes both Zachariah and Elizabeth as being righteous before God, but this does not mean they were sinless. Being righteous meant that they were blameless and had a good reputation among the community. Zachariah belonged to a set of priests (Abia) who served at the Temple from Sabath to Sabath.
But there was something that Elizabeth struggled with, and it was that she could not bear a son plus they were both old. This couple did not loose hope and kept praying for a son because they believed in the power of a prayer. During those days it was humiliating for a couple not have to a child especially for the women of Israel because it was promised to them that the Messiah would be born into a Jewish lady.
A sacred moment came to Zachariah's life, when he was called to offer incense at the Temple of the Lord. There was an angel on the right side of the altar to tell him that their prayers had been heard, and that his wife was going to have a son. The angel was also specific to name him John.
12 And when Zacharias saw him, he was troubled, and fear fell upon him.
13 But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John.
Zachariah was not able to talk to Elizabeth during her pregnancy, God had made him dumb and unable to speak for he doubted His message. The people outside the Temple knew he had an encounter with the Lord for he was taking so long. When he came out of the Temple he remained speechless and once the days of his service where completed he departed home.
And, behold, thou shalt be dumb, and not able to speak, until the day that these things shall be performed, because thou believest not my words, which shall be fulfilled in their season.
Elizabeth was someone who was filled with the Holy Ghost. When Mary (her cousin) the mother of Jesus came to visit her, she right away blessed her and the fruit of her womb. She recognize that the mother of her Lord had made the visit, we see that Jesus' coming was making miracles in her life as well as her baby John who was still in her womb. These verses right away tells us about her knowledge, she was raised under the authority of God and was quickly respond to current events of the coming of the Messiah.
41 And it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost:
42 And she spake out with a loud voice, and said, Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb.
43 And whence is this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?
44 For, lo, as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in mine ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy.
45 And blessed is she that believed: for there shall be a performance of those things which were told her from the Lord.
John was also filled with the Holy Ghost even from his mother's womb. He was supposed to follow certain commitments to the Lord and those were that he would not drink wine or strong drink same as Samson except the Lord doesn't mentioned anything about his hair.
For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother's womb.
God had promised a messenger, and John was going to be that announcer. He also made it clear to his followers that he was not the Christ. Preached a message of repentance, his ministry was short as he was beheaded by Herod Antipas, but his ministry had a great impact. John's purpose here on earth was to prepare the hearts of people for the coming of the King. John was baptizing with water but this was not a Christian baptism for Christ had not died and resurrected yet. This baptism was another way to communicate your repentance of sins similar to the animal sacrificial in the Old Testament. We also see in Matthew chapter 4 that Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist. Like I said before John was here to prepare the way for Jesus and he knew it from the beginning and became odedient to His masters' order.
And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.
Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and theLord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the Lord of hosts.
Bring forth therefore fruits worthy of repentance, and begin not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, That God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.
Elizabeth Was Know to Be:
A privilege woman
A Godly Woman
A Spiritual Friend
A Wife who Supported the Ministry of her Husband
Was Never a Burden to her Son's Ministry
John the Baptist's Mother
Conclusion: There are so many things we could learn from this lady, but each one of us should know which one we are lacking and need to become better at it. Maybe it is time to just nail to the Cross, whatever thing (sin) we struggle with. It could be our mouths, our thoughts you name it…. Nail it to the Cross!!!
I have added some verses down below for those who are not sure if heaven is your future home. Please share with me if you accept the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior through this post. I will be happy to rejoice with you!
9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.
12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.
13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
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