August 1: Mary and Elizabeth – Luke 1:46-66
This summer, we are looking to the women of the Bible for encouragement, advice, and examples of living life full with God. In July and August, we’re reading the stories of Eve, Sarah, Hagar, Rebekah, Leah, Rachel, Miriam, Zipporah, Deborah, Hannah, Abigail, Proverbs 31 woman, Gomer, Elizabeth, all the Marys, Martha, woman at the well, bleeding woman, adulterous woman, Canaanite woman, Lydia, Eunice, Priscilla, and the Titus 2 woman. Join our study by reading today’s scripture below and journaling about it using SOAP (click on the “What’s SOAP?” link above to learn more). An example SOAP from our team is below today’s Bible reading. Comments are always welcome on our website for questions, discussion, and accountability.
Mary and Elizabeth – Luke 1:46-66
46 And Mary said:
“My soul glorifies the Lord
47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
48 for he has been mindful
of the humble state of his servant.
From now on all generations will call me blessed,
49 for the Mighty One has done great things for me—
holy is his name.
50 His mercy extends to those who fear him,
from generation to generation.
51 He has performed mighty deeds with his arm;
he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts.
52 He has brought down rulers from their thrones
but has lifted up the humble.
53 He has filled the hungry with good things
but has sent the rich away empty.
54 He has helped his servant Israel,
remembering to be merciful
55 to Abraham and his descendants forever,
just as he promised our ancestors.”
56 Mary stayed with Elizabeth for about three months and then returned home.
The Birth of John the Baptist
57 When it was time for Elizabeth to have her baby, she gave birth to a son. 58 Her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had shown her great mercy, and they shared her joy.
59 On the eighth day they came to circumcise the child, and they were going to name him after his father Zechariah, 60 but his mother spoke up and said, “No! He is to be called John.”
61 They said to her, “There is no one among your relatives who has that name.”
62 Then they made signs to his father, to find out what he would like to name the child. 63 He asked for a writing tablet, and to everyone’s astonishment he wrote, “His name is John.” 64 Immediately his mouth was opened and his tongue set free, and he began to speak, praising God. 65 All the neighbors were filled with awe, and throughout the hill country of Judea people were talking about all these things. 66 Everyone who heard this wondered about it, asking, “What then is this child going to be?” For the Lord’s hand was with him.
Holy Is His Name | Dyea Rowland
Now God’s perfect timing brought Mary to see Elizabeth, both pregnant and delighted in their souls, with the miracles they were about to bring into the world. Both rejoicing in You and Your Holy Name.
I can’t help but think how both women were so faithful to You! Throughout their pregnancies, this exciting reality was about to take place. Your timing is perfect; Your gifts are perfect. I’m sure there was doubt in Elizabeth’s mind if she was ever going to conceive a child, but she did. Just like there has been doubt in my mind at times. Your timetable and approaches make me marvel. It’s in Your Holy Name and control that I want to praise You. Continue to grow my faith.
Father, from the small things to the large things, You are wonderful; You gave me a promise that I began to doubt. Even if a day like that never happens again, I know that I am blessed because You cared enough to allow me to enjoy something that meant so much to me. You have a way of doing that, and for that, to You be the glory, in Your Holy Name…Amen.
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